Clean water is a basic human right that many people are often denied. There are 2.5 billion people in the world who lack access to decent sanitation and 748 million people do not have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe drinking water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier, and more productive lives.
How appropriate that our project at the Tenderfoot School should be completed this month! Not only is this month’s theme for Rotary International, ‘Water and Sanitation’ but 22nd March was World Water Day.
The toilet block at the Tenderfoot School in Kangemi, Kenya was officially opened just a couple of days ago. Via a Global Grant through Rotary International, in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Lang’ata, Kenya and Kingston Cataraqui, Canada, we were able to make this happen. The benefits of having a new, hygienic toilet block will be enormous for the school. At the opening, the Supervisor from the Ministry of Education remarked that the Tenderfoot School now has the best toilets and showers in her area which comprises 50 schools, some of which are quite wealthy.
This is certainly something of which we can be proud.
Prior to the new toilet block being completed the children had to climb a hill to reach the old toilet block. This little trip to and from the classroom took them 20 minutes. Now it will only be a few minutes meaning that much less education time will be lost.
Our thanks must go to Greg Adams who has liaised with the other Rotary Clubs and the school.
Without Greg’s perseverance, enthusiasm and hard work, this project would not have taken place. Thank you, Greg!