|Rotary Club of Kathmandu together in partnership with different Rotary Clubs recently completed construction of gender specific toilets at Shree Kalika Basic School in Raksirang Rural Municipality, Makawanpur. The toilet block has two distinct spaces for sanitation.|
Nepal is a hotspot for human traffickers who prey on the poor and those living remote in rugged, isolated terrain. During the Rotary Year 2022-23, various Rotary Clubs such as RC Balwyn, RC Cross Timbers, RC Paris Porte D’Orleans, RC Vercelli, RC Waimate, and RC West Wollongong contributed to the construction of girl-friendly toilets through the Rotary Club of Kathmandu. This project was also written about in publications, which shared the wonderful results of the project on the ground. Fully functional WASH facilities are critical to achieving this, so that students can attend school with the basic need for WASH facilities met. As Rotarians, we understand the importance of sanitation and education in lifting communities out of poverty.
Our project goals included allowing young Nepalis to stay in school, continue their education, and avoid situations in which they might be sold as a commodity. The 136 students and teachers at Shree Kalika Basic School can now use functional facilities and practice safe hygiene practices. The standard of WASH amenities available to girls is linked to good menstrual health and academic achievement. When girls reach puberty, many drop out of school due to discomfort and embarrassment caused by the lack of safe, private, and clean toilets, especially as menstruation begins. We anticipate an increase in these girls’ school retention rate. This WASH project was truly collaborative, as all stakeholders collaborated closely. We are especially grateful for the role played by our colleagues in different countries. The project was coordinated by Vice President Rajendra Gautam. The project is worth of $7124.