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CM launches school hygiene initiative of Rotary club

By on December 23, 2017
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CM launches school hygiene initiative of Rotary club

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, Rotary district governor Anand Kulkarni and noted industrialist Shrinivas Dempo with Rotary Club of Panaji Midtown president Ashish Prabhu Verlekar, past district Rotary governor Dilip Salgaocar, assistant governor Manoj Patil secretary Mahesh Patil and Rotarians from Panaji Midtown inaugurated a series of the club’s significant community projects.
This included Wash IN Schools (WINS) facilities to improve cleanliness in schools relating to water, sanitation and hygiene, a mobile library van to reach out to rural Goa and spread the habit of reading, handing over of vans for the Mission Rabies project to eradicate and prevent rabies in Goa and handing over hand wash stations to more than 50 schools across Goa.
President Prabhu Verlekar highlighted the Wash IN Schools initiative where 20 schools have been identified across Goa to implement the five main elements of washing – safe drinking water, repairs/renovation of toilets, hand wash stations with soap, menstrual hygiene by way of vending machines and incinerators, and training of teachers and orienting the students to use these facilities and inculcate good habits of sanitation.
The schools identified are diverse from their geographical locations to the profile of students, ranging from Diwar destitute children to Dabal and Dharbandora for tribal and rural children, to Priol’s scheduled tribes to Vasco’s migrant population. The schools have been selected after an intense survey followed by need assessment to identify the gaps.
The first school completed under WINS was highlighted at the ceremony.  It was funded by CSR donors Anand Chandra Bose, while drinking water facilities and handwash stations were provided by Pentair. The WINS project hopes to touch the lives of 10,000 students.
A mobile library van funded by the Automobile Corporation of Goa Ltd (ACGL) was handed over by Parrikar to the state library in the presence of ACGL chairman and noted industrialist Shrinivas Dempo, and ACGL managing director O Ajay.
Handwash stations to 50 schools have been contributed by Pentair India Ltd under its CSR initiative. Present on the occasion was Pentair managing team Raghunath Mane, Anil Mehta and N Mitra as well as Rotary assistant governor Dr Lenny D’Costa.
Parrikar gave an inspiring address laced with humour and practical everyday examples to stress on the theme of water, hygiene, and sanitation. He congratulated Rotary Club of Panaji Midtown for initiating and executing the Wash IN Schools project and extended his government’s support to the programme.

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