Rotary Club to hold literacy prog for SWaCH volunteers

Sakal Times
Friday, 22 September 2017

The members of the club have so far reached out to 1,500 women of all age groups and it aims to reach 10,000 more regarding the issue by the end of the year. As a next step, the members of the club will reach more people regardless of their gender. After receiving the request from SWaCH volunteers, club members will soon conduct literacy programme for SWaCH workers, said Vrinda Walimbe, President of Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar while speaking at a press conference on Saturday

Pune: To create awareness about sanitary waste disposal, Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar has tied up with Pune-based NGO ‘SWaCH’ on ‘Red Dot Awareness’ campaign under Global Grant Project since last year.

The members of the club have so far reached out to 1,500 women of all age groups and it aims to reach 10,000 more regarding the issue by the end of the year. As a next step, the members of the club will reach more people regardless of their gender. After receiving the request from SWaCH volunteers, club members will soon conduct literacy programme for SWaCH workers, said Vrinda Walimbe, President of Rotary Club of Pune Shivajinagar while speaking at a press conference on Saturday.

Talking about the initiative of Red Dot Awareness Campaign taken by the club, Walimbe, said, “After meeting the SWaCH workers, we found that sanitary wastes including sanitary napkins, baby diapers and adult diapers are disposed off improperly. Handling such waste while segregating can prove harmful for the health of waste pickers and it also compromises their personal dignity. Wrapping the waste into papers and marking such wrappings with red dot will help them in segregating it separately without opening it” Under this campaign, Red Dot has been painted on several pushcarts used by conservancy staff members and SWaCH volunteers. Around 20,800 SWaCH workers manage 850 tonnes of waste daily.

As a part of this initiative, the members of Rotary Club have reached out to young girls in schools, colleges, ladies working in corporate and other offices, beauty parlours, gyms, housing societies and kitty groups to create awareness about the proper disposal of sanitary waste only after marking a Red Dot on the packet. The members explained that 13 such campaigns have already been undertaken in various school premises, IT companies including SNDT College of Home Science, Modern College of Art, Science and Commerce since July. A similar campaign will be held at Cummins Company in Dahanukar Colony, she said.

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