22 March 2020, Dang; 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 Sunali Primary School, Ghorahi Sub Metropolitan City-19, Damti Saigha, Dang, Lumbini Province, Nepal.
The Rotary Club of Kathmandu in coordination with the school management committee successfully completed construction of Toilet block that includes separate urinal block for boys and girls and two separate rooms for latrine at the school with the total budget of US$ 5983.19. The project is completed with financial support from Rotary Club of Passport Club of Melbourne, RID 9800 Australia and the Rotary Foundation.
The project was handed over to school in the presence of Rtn. Rajendra Gautam, Service Project Chair of Rotary Club of Kathmandu on 22 March, 2022. There was also the presence of Mr. Harka Gharti, Chairman of Ghorahi Sub Metropolitan City-19 including guests.
This project will benefit 56 school going children, teachers and local community.