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BRAC WASH offers to help half a million Indian imams promote hygiene

Published on: 25/03/2013

On WaterCouch.tv, Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp shares a practical example of international cooperation between BRAC in Bangladesh and the All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, which emerged during the 2013 World Water Day celebrations in The Hague, The Netherlands.
 

In one of the sessions, BRAC WASH Programme director Dr Babar Kabir explained that his programme had trained 18,000 imams in Bangladesh to include hygiene messages in their Friday prayers (see Kabir, 2010).

Also present in The Hague was Iman Umer Ahmed Ilyasi, Chief Imam of the All India Organization of Imams of Mosques, “the largest and oldest imam organization of the world”.  Dr Kabir and the Chief Imam “agreed to cooperate on education for water and sanitation”. This cooperation has the potential to create “five hundred thousand new teachers” to spread hygiene messages all over India.

Kabir, B. et al., 2010. The role of imams and different institution[s] in hygiene promotion of BRAC WASH programme : paper presented at the South Asia Hygiene Practitioners Workshop, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1 to 4 February 2010.  The Hague, The Netherlands: IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre. Available below.

WASH training for imams in Bangladesh. Photo: Masjid Council
 

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