Washroom, Toilets Thanks To Couple, Rotary
Pupils of Dogotuki District School in Macuata have a reason to smile.
This week marked a special celebration for them as the school officially opened its new ablution (toilet and washroom) block – thanks to the hard work of United Kingdom couple, Peter and Margaret Long with the support from the Labasa Rotary Club.
The $34,000 investment was opened on Wednesday.
The Long couple who run a non-governmental organisation Children of Fiji said their charity organisation, helps provide clean water and sanitation for children, equipment for schools, basic medical equipment and resources for hospitals and nursing stations.
“We provide basic items for schools and kindergarten,” Mr Long said.
“Children often suffer very poor health as a result of inadequate facilities,” he added.
Children of Fiji he said has no political or religious affiliation and strive to help all children in need irrespective of their gender, ability, ethnic origins or religious belief.
Dogotuki District School headteacher, Penaia Tuose said the sanitation project would solve many problems faced by the students.
“Before my students used to go to the bush to relieve themselves since we had one small ablution which was usually overcrowded,” Mr Tuose said.
The school has a roll of 147 and eight teachers.
Meanwhile, Labasa Rotary Club president Rajneel Maharaj said it took two months to complete this project.
“We had in fact planned to complete it before the opening of the school,” Mr Maharaj said.
Edited by Caroline Ratucadra