15 June 2020, Gaighat – Udayapur; Currently, 2.5 billion people globally don’t have access to improved sanitation facilities – meaning more people have access to mobile phones than to toilets. Along with health issues presented by lack of proper toilet facilities, many girls don’t attend school due to their periods if there is no toilet. The goal of this toilet project was to ensure that each one of the schools that we support has adequate toilets to ensure that everyone can go to school and stay healthy along the way.
Lack of access to sanitation creates a host of health problems, making it easier for diseases to spread, infecting drinking water and contributing to undernourishment and poverty. A child dies every 20 seconds because of poor sanitation, according to the U.N. It can also impact future economic opportunities because lack of sanitation can negatively affect school attendance, especially for girls. In 2013, 1,000 children died every day due to diarrheal disease because of poor sanitation.
In order to protect school going children from poor sanitation, the concept of toilet project was developed in Nepalese School at Shree Churiya Basic School of Gaighat in Udayapur district.
The school management committee completed construction of Girls Toilet block with two rooms with the total budget of US$ 6500. The project was completed with financial support from Rotary Club of Timaru RID 9980 New Zealand (US$ 2142.00), Rotary Club of Waimate RID 9980 New Zealand (US$ 941.00) and Rotary Club of Kathmandu RID 3292 Nepal.
The project was completed in local coordination of Rotary Club of Kathmandu and under supervision of Rotary International District 3292, Nepal and was coordinated by Service Project Chair 2019-20, Rtn. Rajendra Gautam.
This project will benefit 165 school going children.