One of the four toilets set up by the Rotary Club at Chotanagpur Girls’ High School in Ranchi. (Prashant Mitra)
Toilet trauma and lack of drinking water facilities can often lead students, especially girls, to drop out of schools.
Students of Chotanagpur Girls’ High in Ranchi’s Tharpakhna and Qureish Academy near Karbala Chowk, however, are among the few lucky ones who have access to proper sanitation facilities, thanks to the Rotary Club.
The club’s Ranchi (south) wing has constructed 10 toilets — six at Qureish Academy and four at Chotanagpur Girls’ High — for around 1,500 students who study at both these cradles.
Though not much, it is a small start that has been made in offering proper sanitation facilities to students, conceded W.H.C. David, assistant governor designate of rotary district 3250, which has 93 clubs under its wing in Jharkhand and Bihar.
“We raised funds on our own and also initiated construction work. We could have done a better job had we received grants from our sister clubs,” Rajiv Modi, governor designate of the district for 2013-14 told reporters in Ranchi on Friday.
He added that while 25 per cent of the funds required for the project was raised by them, the sister clubs of rotary from across the country chipped in with the remaining amount.
“We had also helped build the cardiac intensive care unit of the local Guru Nanak Hospital as also donated an ambulance to Apollo Hospital earlier,” Modi said.
Hemant Gupta, secretary general of rotary district added in order to combat water crisis in the district, Rotary International had also been encouraging residents to take up water harvesting in a major way.
“We have already constructed 25 such water harvesting units in and around Ranchi. Most of these units have come up in educational institutions, who keep a close watch on their utilisation,” Gupta said.
The Rotary clubs have also started undertaking campaigns for achieving cent percent literacy in the district by 2017, general-secretary Gupta said.
Rotary International conducts training programmes for all its 530 district governor designates from across the globe every year.
The to-be governors are briefed about new projects and trained how to co-ordinate and guide other clubs in the districts for various social causes.
The training programme next year is scheduled to be held in San Diego, California, from January 13-19.