East Timor and the Suai Water Sanitation and Health Program (WASH )
The Centro Communidada Colvalima (CCC) during 2015 have overseen the management of the Suai Secondary School WASH project supported by Rotary (Sorrento & International) and the Friends of Suai /Colvalima ( which is primarily sponsored by the City of Port Phillip).
The project received pro bono assistance and advice from water engineers in Dili. This ensures high quality control and technical advice across the project.
The Rotary Club of Sorrento managed the project.
The Rotary Club of Sorrento together with a grant from the Rotary Foundation put US$34000.00 towards the WASH programme at the town of Suai in East Timor undertaken in conjunction with the City of Port Phillip.
Port Phillip residents, and Rotary Club of Sorrento and donors have helped change the lives of thousands of East Timorese villagers through an exceptional fundraising effort.
More than $70,000 has been raised by the Rotary Club of Sorrento and the local community to provide Suai Secondary School and its 2000 students and their teachers with toilets and running water for the first time.
It’s hoped the new facilities with an education program focusing on personal and menstrual hygiene, reproduction and HIV/AIDS will not only improve health for the region but also school attendance, especially for girls.
“The City of Port Phillip began an official friendship with Suai back in 2000 following the country’s vote for independence,” said Mayor Amanda Stevens. She added “ the continued effort by the local community to assist Suai is inspiring”.
The WASH project will provide 2000 students at the Suai Secondary School with water and sanitation which the school has not had for 15 years. The WASH project has provided 18 toilets plus a water supply for the school, septic tank and the construction of at 15,000 litre water tank.
The students and parents have developed an Operation and Maintenance Plan incorporating health and hygiene education; hand washing, prevention of malaria and dengue fever, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child rights, the hazards of cigarette smoking,
One of the aims of the WASH programme is to encourage girls to stay at school to further their education and life prospects as many girls do not finish secondary school in East Timor.
This ongoing project will make a huge difference to the people of Suai Secondary school and the Colvalima Community.