The Rotary Club of Bluffton completed an international project in Rotary’s Humanitarian Area of Focus. The location of the project is in the community of Ocoto Alto located in Peru’s northwestern region of Tambogrande, near Piura. The project was a sanitation initiative to complete 87 latrines providing access to private, safe sanitation facilities. Education to the community on healthy behaviors when using the latrines, thus ensuring a lasting solution was also provided. This was the third and final phase of a multiphase project for the community which brought a total of 277 latrines to the community of just over 1,000 people. The project was a Global Grant initiative supported by the Rotary Club of Sullana Capullanas Turicarami and Water Mission Peru. Local support for the project was also provided from the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club and the Sunset Rotary Club by their generous financial contributions.
We chose this project because 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to improved sanitation and 1,400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. Working together we can make a difference. Deborah Burt