WASH literally stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.The Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) was co-founded by Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, who is the President of Parmarth Niketan Ashram and Founder of Ganga Action Parivar. WASH was founded to inspire the leaders of the world’s religions to come together in the name of providing improved Water, Sanitation and Hygiene to everyone.
GIWA was launched globally on 25 September, 2013 at UNICEF headquarters during the United Nations General Assembly week, sponsored by the Governments of the Netherlands and USAID. GIWA’s mission is to save lives by initiating and accelerating WASH projects worldwide, beginning with India. Religious communities have a proven track record of success in promoting WASH globally.