Inauguration of Sukhada–Wins Toilet by RIPE John Germ at Chembur

 In Women Empowerment

Stressing on “Dignity of women” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged all the parliamentarians and the corporate sector to build separate toilet for girls in schools across the country. In keeping with PM Narendra Modi’s emphasis on facilitating the ‘dignity of women’ by constructing separate toilets for girls in schools across India, the 8th of December, 2015 witnessed the inauguration of ‘Sukhada-Wins Toilet Block & Handwashing Station’ for girl students, at Narayanrao Acharya Vidyaniketan, Chembur. The inauguration was done by RIPE John Germ , in the presence of R.I. Director Manoj Desai, PDG Bal Inamdar, Bharat Pandya, Shrirang Prabhu, Jayant Kulkarni, Other District Dignitaries, and Rotarians, with much appreciation under the leadership of Avenue Chairperson Rtn. Kalpana Munshi.

With 365 toilets already under construction for nearly 12,000 girl students, a sense of dignity will be restored and they will not have to wait endless hours to go into the open to relieve themselves or quit school for the same reasons. Toilets are under construction in various rural pockets of areas including Thane, Wada, Palghar, Dahanu, Shahapur, Vajreshwari and Chembur. They are built with a block of 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 seats as per the number of girl students in the school. Special Hand Washing Stations will also be built subject to the availability of the space in the School. Especially designed for the girl students, these toilet blocks are modernized and easy to maintain.

Avenue Chairperson Rtn. Kalpana Munshi explained how building toilet blocks will encourage parents in rural areas to continue educating the daughters after they attain puberty. Orientation programs for higher secondary girl students on usage of toilets hygienically, disposal of the sanitary napkins, washing hands, etc will also be specially organized. In some schools under Project ‘RED’, Sanitary Napkins will be distributed. Acknowledgments are due for the crucial support by DG Subhash who facilitated making provision for building these toilets, as also Rtn. Inspection Officer Nitin Jadhav. It is indeed a moment of great pride for the RCB to see this imperative project on way as also gratifying to know that Rotarians always fulfill what they promise!

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