Swach Bharath Abhiyan - Toilet





History Logs

Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: India

Location: Coimbatore

Total Budget: $99,085

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Swach Bharath Abhiyan, as a Clean India Mission. It focuses on improving the hygiene and sanitation of every part of India. One of the cornerstones of this Clean India Mission is building toilets in every school in the country. It is estimated that more than 50% of girl children do not continue their education past the elementary grade because of a lack of toilets in schools. This deprives them of the opportunity of continuing their education up to the secondary and higher secondary grade. Lack of education denies them the opportunity for gainful employment, thus keeping an entire generation out of the promise and development of a modern India.

The problem is huge with close to 4.5 million children not having access to hygienic toilets and washrooms at schools. Lack of water and washing facilities add to the lack of hygiene and leads to poor health and illness. About 46% of schools do not have toilets for girls.

The Rotary Club of Coimbatore, RI Dist 3201, India is actively promoting the Clean India Mission and proposes to support this humanitarian project by building proper toilets for both girls and boys in the schools which our Club has identified in our District. The estimated cost to build one toilet block is approximately USD 8616. This includes toilets, dispersion pit, underground sump and overhead water tank and all necessary plumbing.

With a target of raising USD 110,000, this would fund building toilets in 15 State-run schools in the Coimbatore District of Tamilnadu State in south India. With an average strength of 1500 students in a school this project would benefit more than 20,000 children, 50% being girls.

We are seeking to partner with the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, RI Dist 5340, California, USA for a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation to implement this project.

Primary Host Partner

District: 3201

Rotary Club of: Coimbatore

Primary Contact: Varadarajan Ranganathan

Email: rvraj@rajshreesugars.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: San Diego Downtown Breakfast

Primary Contact: Mike Whitehurst

Email: mike@mccuen.us

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1640181.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





District 3201 DDF





San Diego Downtown Breakfast (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents



Drawing of Toilet - Boys and Girls

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Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

Creation of project page.


System Entry

Pledge of $6,000 by Michael Whitehurst of the Rotary Club of San Diego Downtown Breakfast, District 5340.


System Entry

Project reverted to "Published".


System Entry

Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Mike Whitehurst

TRF assigns ID number GG1640181


by Marge Cole

The District 5340 Rotary Foundation Committee approved this grant and awarded a $10,000. match in DDF for the cash donations of Rotary Club of Downtown San Diego.


by Mike Whitehurst

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Mike Whitehurst

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.


by Mike Whitehurst

Cash contribution of 18,259.50 sent to The Rotary Foundation on behalf of contributing Rotarians and the SDDB Rotary Club. Form 094-EN submitted with check. The cash contribution includes project donation of $17,390, plus 5% processing fee of $869.50.


by Mike Whitehurst

The Global Grant funds have been transferred in to our account on 7th Dec 2016.

We have also completed our tender process to issue work orders for the construction and have identified 4 contractors to carry out the work. This way we are dividing the 10 toilets among these 4 depending on their area of operation, their resource strength and the location of the school to ensure that there is no delay in execution. We plan to complete all the 10 toilet blocks in the same time frame and ready for inauguration in February 2017.


by Mike Whitehurst

There has been a lot of progress on the project front, with the work coming along well. One of the new conditions imposed by Parliament is that all clubs, associations, charitable trusts, etc., have to have a Permanent Tax Registration number before the 28th Feb, otherwise banks are to freeze the account till the document is filed as part of KYC requirement. Also, to add to the problem, we had to perforce now deduct tax at source for payments to the building contractors.

We have managed to file for a tax registration and hope to have it this week, to enable us release payments to the contractors. The delay in releasing payment has delayed completion by a few weeks. But, we would yet complete all the toilet blocks by March.

-R Varadarajan


by Mike Whitehurst

Project is nearing completion.


by Mike Whitehurst

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.


by Mike Whitehurst

Construction is complete and final report is being prepared.

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