SCARBOROUGH Rotary Club and Rotary Club of Cavaliers have launched an appeal for extra support to fund two foreign aid projects.
The group are embarking on schemes to build new toilets at a primary school in Eastern Ghana with the Rotary Club of Ho and a new water tank system at Chapaad and Gokhana in the Indian region of Vadodora.
The appeal follows a successful recent fundraising evening of music at the Salvation Army Citadel which raised £2,042 after featuring Simply Brass, soprano Rebecca Newman, singing ensemble Manhattan Voices and pianist Frank James.
Ray Springhall, the club’s international and foundation officer, said the projects would provide the two communities with a fantastic boost.
He said: “The school in Ghana is to be extended later this year but proper and appropriate toilet facilities for the 350 schoolchildren are not included in the plan and there is no budget provision for them.
“The national government has a programme to construct toilet facilities at schools but the programme is under funded and under staffed to meet anything like the demand.
“Consequently, when this school opens, unacceptable toilet facilities will be knocked together; it could be many years, if ever, before proper toilets are built.”
“The second project is a water tank and reverse osmosis filtration system in partnership with Rotary Club of Baroda Cosmopolitan.
“The project will serve a large community, providing harvested rain and spring water for washing and domestic use. Some 5,000 will benefit by having clean water within easy reach, thereby no longer being exposed to debilitating diseases brought by water borne bacteria and viruses.
“Most women and children will also benefit by no longer spending many hours walking long distances to collect heavy loads of dirty water.”
For more information on how to support the fundraising efforts contact the Rotary Club by logging on to www.rotary-ribi.org