CWO Provided Community Sanitation Service in Hakha
24 November 2012: Volunteers from the Chin Women Organization (CWO) took initiatives in providing community sanitation services by cleaning the Khaikam sports centre in Hakha, Chin State today.
Ten women of the newly formed community-based body swept, mopped and whitewashed the Hakha indoor playing ground as well as its surrounding as parts of their sanitation programme.
“It is the first time we as an organization cleaned this sports centre where people exercise everyday. We try to do something that would promote health through clean environments in our community,” said CWO Chairperson.
Each participant made their generous contributions for sanitation facilities such as buckets, brooms, gloves and other cleaning materials.
“The sports centre is not well maintained. The walls are heavily stained with chewing betel nuts. We washed and lime-painted them. Hopefully, people will try to keep the venue clean and tidy,” one of the participants told Chinland Guardian.
With assistance from a few male volunteers, the group spent about three hours from 9:30am to 12:30pm maintaining and improving hygienic conditions in one of the community centres in the Chin capital.
“This is something that each one of us can contribute to make our community clean and hygienic. And it is important that we prove it in a practical way. We will keep working on to raise awareness of this kind in the future,” added the CWO leader.
In recent weeks, CWO has got involved in various community-based activities including ceasefire monitoring workshop and democracy, human rights and federalism training.
Formed on 26 October 2012 by women volunteers in Hakha, Chin State, the Chin Women Organization (CWO) is committed to working for promotion of women’s issues and to making contribution toward building peace and Chinland.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang