Believers Eastern Church Dioceses in India joined hands to celebrate the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October 2018. The dioceses undertook a mega cleanup drive as a tribute to the ideals of the Father of the Nation and also to contribute towards Swachhata Hi Seva, the nation-wide fortnight-long sanitation drive organized by the government.
Besides cleaning up streets, roads and neighborhoods, Dioceses took initiative to clean schools, hospitals, police stations, slums, railway stations and government establishments.
Cleanliness awareness programs and rallies also were held to mark the occasion and help realize Gandhiji’s dream of clean India.
The Diocese of Lucknow went the extra mile and distributed school bags and supplies including note books, pencils, erasers and sharpeners to 150 needy children. The diocese also distributed mosquito nets to 25 needy families on that day.
On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi Metropolitan Dr K.P. Yohannan gave a clarion call asking the church to continue to work towards a clean nation. He said, “Today is the birthday of the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhiji. His life and what he was shaped the future of our nation, and it still does. His dream was not only for an independent nation, but a clean wholesome nation. He made this statement in 1947: “Sanitation is more important than political independence.” By God’s grace, Believers Eastern Church has been able to build 30,000 toilets, 26,000 clean water wells, and distribute 58,000 water filters towards a clean and healthy India. Mahatma Gandhiji also said, “Perfect sanitation makes an ideal village.” He knew the importance of a clean nation. Our church has been involved in this, and we will continue to do so until one day, all of us say “We have a clean Bharat.”
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