Friday, 30 March 2012

How the World Walked for Water and Sanitation in Tamil Nadu!

For the World Walks for Water and Sanitation 2012, FANSA Tamil Nadu Chapter in India coordinated 5 exciting walks with many local partners. 2,022 women, children and grassroots farmers walked a collective distance of 22km altogether!

The Walks began on the 17th March in Madurai, Tamilnadu in coordination with SWEED, with 400 women walking 2km; an event which they repeated to mark the end of the campaign on the 25th March! This first walk was followed by a 3Km walk in Sinkamanapuri on the 19th March with 400 local women walking in coordination with SWOT, and on the 21st march with 212 local children walking 2km with the VAIGAI organisation in Sirunaykkanpatty to highlight how the water and sanitation crisis affects children disproportionately.

On the 22nd March to mark World Water Day 2012, an amazing 610 local farmers walked 10KM in Trichy with the local farmers' association! This special day was also marked by FANSA Tamil Nadu Chapter with various activities including rallies on the important issues of water, hygiene, waste and water policy on the eve of World Water Day!

The World Walks for Water and Sanitation campaign events culminated in Manachanallaur, where 200 local women walked 3km in coordination with VDC, again to draw attention to the burden particularly faced by women collecting water!

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