Ahandwash ­station and drinking water facility installed by RC Amravati Indrapuri, RID 3030, at Pragati Vidyalaya, a government primary school, was inaugurated recently by DG Rajiv Sharma. More than 250 students will benefit from this facility. A well feeds sufficient water for the school’s needs and the club has installed water filters to ensure safe drinking water for the students and staff, said Club President Rajan Subhash Silhi.
Since inception in 2001, the club has ­executed at least four WinS projects installing 12 handwash stations with drinking water units. Six toilet blocks costing ₹4 lakh have been built at Mahuli village adopted by the club, and the money was raised through a Rotary Utsav. In addition, the club distributes school bags to about 1,000 children from underprivileged families each year, he added.
The 43-member club is popular in Amravati for the rainwater harvesting work they undertake each year during ­July-August before the onset of monsoon. “We take up recharging of wells in about 35–40 houses each year and this is our ­signature project,” said Silhi. With this on-going activity for the past 10 years, the club has enhanced Rotary’s image.
Eye camp
A mega eye camp was organised at 14 schools in the city with the help of Dr Atul Kadhane, a past president of the club. More than 13,000 students were examined, and 1,655 students were given further treatment free of cost. “The entire cost of eye check-up and follow-up treatment at the hospital would have exceeded ₹30 lakh; but all the expenses were borne by Dr Kadhane,” said Silhi.