Silver Star Rotarians Janet Green (left)

Silver Star Rotarians Janet Green (left)

Rotary backs UBC project

Silver Star Rotary Club members have donated $4,000 to help build washrooms in a school in Tanzania.

Silver Star Rotary Club members have donated $4,000 to the Vijiji Foundation, to help build washrooms in a school in Tanzania.

UBC Okanagan associate professor Sandra Peacock was recently presented with the cheque, just before heading back to Tanzania. The money will be used to complete the plumbing at Moivaro Primary School in Tanzania.

Peacock, a Vernon resident, teaches anthropology and for the past two years has taken students from UBC’s Go Global program to Tanzania for courses in community-based research and voluntourism.

Part of the course work involves supporting the local peoples with projects in their villages. This year, the focus switched and she is helping with a fundraising campaign to build the washrooms at Moivaro Primary School. The washrooms had become dilapidated and their state of disrepair was threatening the school’s capability to remain open.

Moivaro Primary School is the only option for children in this area, Peacock says, meaning if the school was condemned, the children simply could not get an education.

Hearing about the state of the washrooms, the Silver Star Rotary Club contributed $4,000 to help build the facility.

The fundraising goal is $10,000 and Peacock says they are using the flexible funding option with online fundraiser Indiegogo, which means all funds go directly towards the cost of purchasing materials and paying local fundi (workmen) to construct new washrooms — complete with running water and flush toilets.

To watch the video or to find out more, visit indiegogo.com/projects/wapi-choo.