This school did not have toilet facilities like most schools in Abia State. Open defecation has been a common practice and poses a lot of health challenges to staff, students and community members. Fecal, sanitation and hygiene related diseases are common in their community which means increasing absenteeism of staff and students. There are also the challenges associated to menstrual cycles for female staff and students. The school learning environment was threatened due to offensive odors and other forms of air pollution. These factors were the basis for this project.
According to the Water and Sanitation and Hygiene Projects Committee (WASH) there are 2.5 billion people in the world who lack access to improved sanitation. There are 1400 children who die DAILY from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water.
The Rotary Club of Pleasanton is proud to be a part of the WASH Rotary Action Group which will continue to partner with international Rotary Clubs to bring safe drinking water, toilets and proper hygiene education to areas that need their help.