Under the aegis of Garima CSR Project initiated by Diversey India – a leader in hygiene, sanitation and infection prevention products, and supported by Doctors For You (DFY) – a pan-India humanitarian organization; close to 80 hygiene technicians are now supporting Covid-19 casualty ward of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Government Hospital (LNJP Hospital) in Delhi as frontline Covid Warriors.
Launched in 2016, Garima – the joint social initiative by Diversey India and DFY was conceptualized for uplifting the bottom-most strata within the hygiene industry – the “janitors” or “housekeepers”, as we call them. Derived from the philosophy of “Prevention is better than cure”- the role of a Hygiene technician is critical when it comes to keeping infections and diseases at bay. Garima – which means dignity in Hindi, signifies the primary objective of this program – to instill dignity towards the humble profession of cleaning. This School of Hygiene trains the unskilled workers of India with scientific techniques of cleaning and helps them find livelihood with established Facility management companies. In a span of three years, the initiative has trained close to 25,000 beneficiaries and 15,000 of them have been gainfully employed after the training.