At the Shyllon primary school in Lagos, students lacked proper toilet facilities, using the grounds of the school for their sanitation needs. The smell was often unbearable, and the girls found it embarrassing to use an open toilet. Water is scarce, making the environment very unhealthy and disease-prone.
Learning of this situation, my Rotary club undertook a project to provide 10 toilets and a water tank to provide adequate water during the day. On the day the toilets were commissioned, there was much celebration. Children and teachers joined together in a short dance and singing to mark the occasion.
A working committee has been established to maintain the toilets and keep everything in working order.
It has also brought our club much joy to help manage an artificial limb center. The limbs provide patients who have lost their legs due to accident or disease with the means for mobility and independence. Our club donates about 20 artificial limbs a month. The patients stay at the center free of charge for a few days while their limbs are customized and fitted.
One young boy who lost his leg at a very young age received an artificial limb, and is now learning to play soccer.
Through efforts like these, Rotary is making a difference in the world. Your contributions to The Rotary Foundation help make projects like these possible.