15th October 2021

Global Handwashing Day: Our future is at hand


Today is Global Handwashing Day – a day dedicated to raising awareness worldwide about the importance of washing our hands to prevent the spread of disease and save lives.

For over 40 years, The Gurkha Welfare Trust has been working to bring clean water to people’s doorsteps in Nepal, collaborating with communities to install tap stands and handwashing stations in households and schools.

Hand hygiene has always been important in stopping the spread of viruses – and since the start of Covid-19, raising awareness has been more crucial than ever.

Earlier this year, we partnered with UK Aid Direct to deliver handwashing stations to schools, healthcare facilities, and municipal buildings across Nepal. We also attached guides of best handwashing practices to these stations, so people know how to better protect themselves from Covid-19.


Handwashing in past years

In years past, our team has held handwashing workshops for Gurkha veterans and widows to help reduce the risk of illness. Pensioners learned nine different washing techniques to stop germs in their tracks.


The future of hand hygiene

Over the last 18 months, handwashing has been a crucial part of battling Covid-19 around the world. As we begin to look beyond the pandemic, The Gurkha Welfare Trust will continue to bring clean water and handwashing facilities to communities in need across Nepal.

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