DIBRUGARH, Dec 19 - As contagion coronavirus began taking a pandemic turn, the health experts were quick to issue advisories and guidelines for protection from the infection.
To go along with physical distancing and wearing a mask, a great deal of importance was given to the practice of hand washing.
In the given milieu, encouraging stories have emerged with regard to the practice of hand washing. What is more intriguing is that these stories are coming out from places that don�t ring a bell at the first thought.
Hand washing is one of the key tools of UNICEF, through which it tries to fulfil its objectives of protecting child rights through proper health and hygiene. UNICEF had already helped in improving the lives of children residing in many underprivileged areas. They reached out to one such underprivileged community of children in tea gardens areas, in collaboration with the Indian Tea Association (ITA), which through its Sustainability Cell has been working tirelessly on issues on responsible business practices.
As informed by the ITA secretariat, Babita Kamar, an enthusiastic member of the Adolescent Girls Club (AGC) of the Bazaloni tea estate in Tinsukia district took a step forward for implementation of one such Responsible Business Practice that safeguards the lives of the people of her community.
What she did was truly remarkable, as she installed a portable hand washing facility in front of her house so that anyone visiting would wash their hands before stepping into her home. In addition, she was able to deliver valuable advice about hand washing and proper hygiene. What is more encouraging is that the other members of the Adolescent Girls Club too followed on her footsteps, and soon there were portable hand washing units in front of many homes. This brought tremendous change in the perspectives of the people of her community who have understood the importance of having clean hands, both during the pandemic as well as in normal circumstances.
As per ITA officials, Babita had joined the AGC in 2015, and from then on has done her best towards the welfare of her community. During her years working under the ITA-UNICEF initiative, she had learnt about the importance of hand washing, and also knew about the value of Responsible Business Practices. Babita Kamar has truly inspired all through her innovative act, as her efforts were fruitful in establishing a healthy environment for her community.