BY JOEL C. ESCOL, Managing Editor
BUKIDNON – A ground breaking of handwashing facility, rehabilitation of reservoir and drilling of water supply were held in Tandacol Integrated School, Kilangi Integrated School, and Malungon Elementary school on January 11, 2024.
The activities were all spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Central Bukidnon under the Water Sanitation and Hygiene Area of Focus funded by the Rotary District Grant of District 3870, which is currently under the leadership of Governor Gilda “Gigi” Go.
The projects were a big help to the pupils and teachers for the proper implementation of health and sanitation in said schools, which are among the remotest schools in the province.
Rotary’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)
The Rotarians in Bukidnon who were under the umbrella of Rotary International District 3870, have been actively collaborating with the Local Governments Units in the province to implement worthwhile projects helping the poorest and far-flung schools in Bukidnon.
Rotary International, a global service organization, has been at the forefront of addressing critical issues facing communities worldwide. Among its key focus areas is Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), a vital component in promoting public health and sustainable development. Rotary’s commitment to WASH reflects its dedication to creating lasting, positive change in communities around the world.
The Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene area within Rotary encompasses a range of initiatives aimed at providing clean water, improving sanitation facilities, and promoting hygiene practices. Access to clean water is a fundamental human right, yet millions of people worldwide still lack this basic necessity. Rotary’s WASH projects work towards bridging this gap, ensuring communities have sustainable access to safe drinking water sources.
In addition to water accessibility, Rotary places a strong emphasis on sanitation facilities and hygiene education. Poor sanitation contributes to the spread of diseases, impacting overall community health. Rotary clubs collaborate with local communities and international partners to implement sanitation projects such as constructing toilets, sewage systems, and waste management solutions. Simultaneously, they engage in educational programs to promote proper hygiene practices, empowering communities to maintain a healthy living environment.
One of Rotary’s flagship initiatives is the “Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Rotary Action Group” (WASRAG), a dedicated team that coordinates efforts, shares expertise, and facilitates collaboration among Rotary clubs and partners worldwide. This collective approach enhances the impact of WASH projects, ensuring they are sustainable and tailored to the specific needs of each community.
Through Rotary’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Area, the organization not only addresses immediate health concerns but also contributes to broader goals of poverty reduction, education, and community empowerment. By championing access to clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education, Rotary International continues to be a driving force in creating healthier and more resilient communities across the globe.