What do a group of prisoners, slum dwellers and street and school children in various regions of South Asia have in common? The answer is simple, yet deadly: the lack of proper handwashing practices. People living in congested jails or on the streets generally lack adequate hygiene practices. Couple this with a severe lack of hygiene facilities, and the risk of disease skyrockets—a problem violently brought to light by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But Gospel for Asia (GFA World) is addressing this problem.
Teaching Those Behind Bars
Every year, on Oct. 15 Global Handwashing Day, Gospel for Asia (GFA) workers organize awareness programs to teach people how to stave off sicknesses through the simple act of washing their hands.
Last year, one group of workers visited a prison where living conditions could easily breed illness. Around 177 inmates attended the program and listened to the Gospel for Asia (GFA) workers explain how washing hands can reduce the risk of infections and even death; then they watched a demonstration on how to properly wash their hands. Afterwards, the workers distributed hygiene packages containing toothbrushes, oil and soap.
“I give thanks to [the church] who shared about hand-washing to us and how I should save my life from the diseases, which can be spread through dirty hands,” said one prisoner.
Learn more about the need for Medical Ministry. GFA-supported medical ministry is helping thousands who are in need of medical care and attention, all while displaying the love of Christ.
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