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Rotary International Grant to Help School in Thailand Approved
The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs involved in consortium for matching grant

Bonita Springs, Fla. – (Sept. 11, 2014) – The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs received notice that the global grant application for funding to provide clean water, sanitation and educational support to Thridthai School in Chiang Rai, Thailand, submitted by District 3360 and District 6960, has been approved by The Rotary Foundation. The award is in the amount of $36,689.

More than 900 students in grades 7 through 12, plus the staff utilize this growing, but remote, mountain school in the far north of Thailand near the Myanmar border.

“Our Rotary Club is thrilled to combine resources with other clubs to help provide a consistent and safe water supply for the school,” said Sandra Hemstead, President of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. “What we learned in applying for this grant is that the local government finally drilled a well for the school but has done nothing further. It is up to the school to make the water available to the various entities on the campus, the canteen and for use in the bathrooms and hand-washing stations. Well, now it is up to our Rotary Clubs to help make this happen.”

The project includes a number of facility improvements including:
Building additional toilets to meet the needs of the student population.
Renovating the existing 16 toilets to make up for inadequacies in the original construction, which created inadequate drainage and foul smelling standing water.
Building hand washing stations.
Developing bathing facilities inside the buildings for the dormitory students. Currently, they must bathe outside in all kinds of weather. Today, students must squat in a trough and pour water over themselves while still wearing some clothing.
Improving the canteen facilities to provide sanitary food preparation and cleanup.
Providing materials and equipment in the science lab to help students understand the importance of clean water and sanitation.

“Our Rotary Club is thrilled to make a significant contribution—$6,000—toward this project and to have played a part in helping gain the matching funds from Rotary International,” said Nancy Ross, Past-President of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Foundation. “We are anxious to do what we can to ensure that the students and staff will have clean water for drinking. This grant will provide the water necessary for the toilets, as well as hand-washing stations. Ultimately, the project will provide an adequate water supply and improve health and sanitation for all. Along with our partner Rotary Clubs, we’ll be carefully watching the progress of this multi-month project and will report back to our members.”

Chartered in 1978, The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is a diverse group of 100 business professionals and civic leaders who take an active role in the communities they serve. The club is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries who bring needed humanitarian improvements to some of the most impoverished parts of the world, as well as in local Southwest Florida communities.

Photo cap (L-R): Bobbi Bird, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, Sandy Hemstead, President of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Club and Nancy Ross, Past-President of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Foundation, with $6,000 check representing the club’s contributions toward the Rotary International grant.