Life is not about making an income; it is about making an impact. We will ensure that all schools in South India have toilets by June 30, 2019.” With these words RIDE Basker C motivated the Zone 5 WinS team assembled in Chennai for the zonal WinS meet. He suggested standardisation of the cost and design of toilets and hand wash stations as it is imperative that TRF gets similar estimates from various parts of the country (barring minor variations due to geographical locations), since many clubs are applying for global grants.
Cost and design of toilets and hand wash stations has to be standardised across the country.
— RIDE Basker C
“We will chart out a roadmap to take the programme further this year. We have doctors, engineers and architects amongst us and their resources can be utilised to ensure the success of WinS,” he said and recommended a mid-term review meet for the District chairs and vice-chairs to measure the progress.
WinS Vice Chair and PRID P T Prabhakar announced that TRF has signed a partnership with World Vision, earmarking $1.5 million, to jointly undertake 400 government schools for WASH pan India. He spoke about the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar and the availability of the 14th Finance Commission funds of the Ministry of Panchayat Raj (Refer Rotary News, August’16 issue) for investing in hygiene facilities in schools.
He encouraged Rotary clubs to avail District Grant funds and corporate funding, citing D 3230’s feat in raising Rs 8 crore from Cognizant Technologies to install WASH facilities and beautify 100 schools in the District.
The floor had a healthy exchange of ideas that was moderated by Zone Coordinator PDG ISAK Nazar. While this year’s collective target is to cover 6,000 schools, D 3211 topped with a goal of 2,222 followed by D 3230 with 1,400. The other Districts set their targets between 100 and 750 schools.
PDG Sivagnanaselvam, D 2982, an architect, offered to come out with a standard design for good quality toilets and hand wash stations which can be circulated throughout India. PDGs R Reghunath (D 3211) and M Muruganandham (D 3000) will produce a short film highlighting the significance of hand washing.