International Project 2008-
Working with The Rotary Club of Amreli, Gujarat, India.(Rotary District 3060) our project was to provide water purifier units, toilet blocks and desks for three state schools: in the village of Chital. (15 km North of Amreli), Gujarat.
They are: -
A total of about 920 pupils
Not a pleasant thought going to school -
However, sitting cross-
But for a child to study and write with his books laid out on the floor in front of his crossed
uncomfortable and is untenable for long periods.
Providing desks makes studying and writing comfortable.
Toilets support the hygiene lessons given in school and, because of them, girls are more likely to come to school .
Clean water defeats waterborne diseases (such as Cholera) and cooling the water reduces heat stress when temperatures are in excess of 40 deg. C in the monsoon season.
In the year since the project was completed the school population has increased by 47 pupils -
The clean water has reduced illness and, with school being more attractive , student attendance has improved., with a consequent improvement of grades.
But not only has the health of the children improved but their families as well -
The project was completed in 2010 and Bill Tozer -
It was School Sports day in Chital village hosted at -
Bill & Gwen were received as guests of honour by the School Principle, Local Civic Authorities and Staff and asked to present the prizes.
Arriving in Gujarat, by India Rail ,at the railhead in Bhavnaga (60 km East of Amreli), Bill & Gwen were invited by President Dr Tejas Doshi and the Officers of the Rotary Club of Bhavnagar -
During which time they were able to visit a school to see a water filter and desks,.(One of many schools the Club supports in this way) the Rotary Club’s own premises where the Club vaccinates between 350 and 400 children each Sunday against the major diseases, and the other valuable works of the Club.
Rtn. Jignesh Savani was their escort for the day with a ‘town tour’ and Rtn. Dr Dhirendra Muni provided excellent bed & breakfast accommodation.
President Mukesh Gohel of The Rotary Club of Amreli collected Bill and Gwen by car for the 60 km journey to Amreli -
All the Club’s members were extremely welcoming but President Gohel was particularly helpful driving them everywhere -