Following the successes of our first Global Grant project with our partners in Rotary District 3012 (Delhi and Greater Noida), we are currently preparing for a second Global Grant project with the same partner. This will be a comprehensive WASH in Schools program across some 15 schools.
In addition to construction and renovation of toilets and hand washing stations, we will partner with World Vision again to roll out an 18 month comprehensive WASH Education program ensuring that these schools are well prepared for the wellbeing of all their students both now and in the future. The estimated budget for this project is US$150,000. Fundraising is already well underway.
Shurmo Ethiopia Global Grant
A project commencing in the first half of 2019
This exciting project in Ethiopia in partnership with International Needs Australia (INA) follows on from our pilot project complete last year. In that project we provided for the sanitation and hygiene needs in two small schools changing the lives of some 600 students.
This new project is much more ambitious. It will be rolled out across six small communities or kebeles as they are known in Ethiopia. Around 6,500 students in eight schools will benefit from the program. The project will extend beyond the schools and into the surrounding communities through a Community-led Total Sanitation & Hygiene (CLTSH) approach, ultimately impacting on the lives of some 30,000 people in these communities.
Our first task here, in conjunction with INA will be to carry out a Community Needs Assessment later in 2018. The estimated budget for this project, including the Community Needs Assessment is US$110,000. Fund raising is already underway.
Rajkiya Prathamik Vidyalaya
A pilot project with a new partner in India commencing late 2018
After almost two years of consultation and numerous meetings, we have agreed to run a pilot project in one school in Dehradun in the Indian state of Uttarakhand around one hour flight north of Delhi. The school has two 300 primary students, approximately half girls and half boys. It also has a secondary section catering only for girls. There are currently just under 200 girls of secondary age in the school.
The current toilet situation in the school is dire. Firstly there are not enough toilets and those that are there are almost completely unusable. It is unlikely that they can be renovated.
In addition to the construction of toilets and hand washing stations, a WASH Education program will be included in this project for both students and teachers. For the secondary girls there will of course be particular focus on menstrual hygiene management as many of these girls have little or no knowledge about this aspect of their lives.