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Kent State Salem Student Speaks to Local Rotarians

Posted Jan. 25, 2012

Christi KuglerKent State Salem senior nursing student Christi Golden-Kugler spoke at the Salem Rotary club Tuesday during its weekly meeting. Kugler spoke about her experience visiting the African country of Tanzania with fellow nursing students prior to the start of the fall semester. Through a PowerPoint presentation depicting her journey through pictures, Kugler explained her class’ work in diagnosing sick orphans, visiting the country’s largest hospital and working with AIDS patients.  Although some of the photos –premature babies in wooden incubator boxes heated by a single light bulb or children walking along the roadside to school – may have caused some in the audience to pity the country, Kugler said, “I don’t want you to feel sorry for Tanzania. I want you to think of Tanzania’s potential.”

Asked to speak on behalf of Chairman of the East Liverpool Rotary Club International Water and Sanitation Project Charles Lang, Kugler also explained the country’s lack of clean water and proper sanitation. She showed photos of shower houses without running water and restrooms where squatting was required.  Lang, who is also a past district governor of Rotary district 6650, is spearheading the water project locally as part of Rotary International’s Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, better known as WASRAG. If approved, the project will result in the Salem, East Liverpool and Calcutta Rotary Clubs taking part in building latrines with running water in one of the country’s schools. This new infrastructure will keep waste from contaminating the water supply. WASRAG is working with Africare, Procter & Gamble, and H2O for Life to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene education to 30 schools, 15 in Tanzania and 15 in Malawi. The overall program budget is $837,000. The cost to support each school is $27,900, with Africare fronting 45% of the money, Proctor and Gamble donating 17% and H2O for Life giving 19%. The remaining 19% (or $5,300 per school) will come from Rotary clubs across the world.

Tanzania is located in Eastern Africa and is home to more than 42.7 million. It borders the Indian Ocean, between Kenya and Mozambique.