The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) Canada,  District 7090 made a major contribution to drill a well in the Village of Sanyuyo near Jalapa Guatemala. The Well came in with sufficient water to serve over 5,000 people the year round. The village turned out in strength to celebrate the water being turned on and the elimination of the long daily hike for the village women to fetch contaminated water for the family. Read More…

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 at 2.34.26 PMTotal funding was provided by NOTL Rotary club, an individual member of the club, Wells of Hope, (a local charity the club has supported for over 10 years) and Sircorp an Ontario restaurant chain. Total cost US$89,000 for the well plus US$22,000 for the generator. Wells of Hope who owns the rig, drilled the well to 870 feet in the mountain area with an elevation of 7,000 ft above sea level.

As there is no electricity in the area an agreement was reached with the village water committee to ensure sustainability through a program where the villagers contribute  to fund and extend the distribution system, maintenance of the system including the large in ground storage tanks and fuel for the ongoing operations of the generator.

 

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Posted by: Wasrag | May 29, 2015

Nepal – Rotary Project H2OpenDoors Responds

The Rotary project, H2OpenDoors, has sent a SunSpring solar-powered water purification system to Banepa, Nepal to be immediately installed at Scheer Memorial Hospital, 65 miles west of the earthquake’s epicenter. The hospital continues to be a major triage center for victims, and operates with minimal electricity and limited access to safe drinking water. For many days following the quake, procedures were performed outside while the buildings were examined for structural integrity and aftershocks rolled on.

“The most critical need, according to the Harvard medical team that was dispatched with our rapid response partners, is safe water,” says Jon Kaufman, director of the Rotary project. Additional permanent installations will follow in August as the recovery phase begins. H2OpenDoors and it’s Rotary partners in both 5150 and 5170 districts, will be working with the clubs in Nepal to provide multiple systems that include tanks and distribution. As with previous disasters in Haiti and the Philippines, safe drinking water becomes harder to come by after the initial rescue stage winds down and emergency supplies become scarce. This makes the population vulnerable to cholera outbreaks most often afflicting the very young and the very old. The best way to prevent the spread of disease and to maintain optimal health is to increase the access to pure, safe drinking water.

Fundraising continues as the H2OpenDoors-Nepal expedition leaves in August. If you would like to assist in this effort, donations can be made at www.H2OpenDoors.org. All contributions are acknowledged by the Rotary Foundation of Peninsula Sunrise, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Contact Jon Kaufman for any questions.

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Posted by: Wasrag | April 25, 2015

Presentation of Rotary District 9102

HELP REQUEST PROJECT OF THE POPULATION OF THE COUNTRIES OF THE DISTRICT 9102

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GEOGRAPHICAL OVERVIEW OF THE DISTRICT 9102

COUNTRIES SURFACE (km²) POPULATION (INHABITANTS)
Benin 114.763 9.352.000
Togo 56.785 6.283.000
Ghana 238.533 25.546.000
Niger 1.267.000 16.644.000

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PRESENTATION OF THE DISTRICT 9102

In March 2011, the international rotary took a daring decision which is to divide the rotary district 9100 which was composed of 14 countries in West Africa into two groups from 1st of July 2013. The district 9101 composed of different countries such as, Burkina Faso, Carpe Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, Senegal; and our district, district 9102 composed of countries like, Benin Republic, Ghana, Niger, and Togo. This district which has been in existence not long ago has 66 clubs and 1900 Rotarians (both men and women).

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By Carrie Melchers

Life in the Peruvian Amazon is governed by the massive Amazon River; water is everywhere. In 2012, communities along the Amazon experienced the worst flooding in recorded history and nearly 200,000 people were displaced. Since then, Peruvian officials have been relocating and constructing permanent villages outside traditional flood prone areas.

Most of the new communities are constructed quickly without detailed planning. The village of Villa Maria is one such community. Light poles were erected with no source of electricity, and basic water and sanitation services were not provided. Villa Maria’s only source of water was a dirty, contaminated Amazon tributary.
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Posted by: Wasrag | January 11, 2015

Thinking Strategically about WASH in Schools

Charles Adams & PDG Alexandra Martinez – Dominican Republic — December, 2014

“WASH in Schools” is the theme for Rotary’s 2015 Water Summit in Brazil. Why is that important? How do you do it? Where do we go with it?

Inspired by Rotary’s PolioPlus, we’re motivated to take a serious look for ways to get more bang for the bucks that Rotary invests in other humanitarian programs. Basically, like PolioPlus, this goal will translate into Rotary’s becoming an “advocate” that can find and motivate partners to share the commitment, share the funding, and extend the scope of Rotary’s programs.

Increasingly, it is thought that one of Rotary’s greatest achievements in the fight against polio has been as an advocate.  While Rotary has put up something over 10% of the world’s budget to fight polio, it has been most visible as a “change agent” in motivating hundreds, perhaps thousands, of other organizations and multitudes of individuals to fight polio.

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Posted by: Wasrag | October 24, 2014

Toilets Improve Girls’ School Attendance

The Rotary Club of Poona, India, the 3rd Rotary Club formed in India with a charter date of 1936, proudly partnered with the Rotary Club of Stavenger, Norway in providing toilets to 13 rural schools. The impact: school attendance by girls who had reached puberty improved considerably.

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New toilets ready for commissioning

 

Posted by: Wasrag | September 28, 2014

Public Pay and Use Toilet Raises Awareness of Rotary

KMC Leaders inaugurate the project funded by Rotary Club of Calcutta in presence of over 150 inhabitants.

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This is a very highly populated market area in the heart of Kolkata that badly needed public toilets. It is expected that more than 1000 men and women a day will be using this Pay and Use Toilet facilities.

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Posted by: Wasrag | September 28, 2014

Kakau Daji Village, Kaduna State, Nigeria

A routine visit by members of the Rotary Club of Kakuri – Kaduna, Nigeria, District 9125 to Kakau Daji, a small rural settlement that is located along the new eastern bypass of Kaduna Metropolis reveals it poor state of water and sanitary condition. Kakau Daji is approximately 6km from Sabon Tasha, and can be reached by road through Sabon Tasha – Angwan Gimbiya – Angwan Barde – Juji and across the new eastern bypass road that is under construction.

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Better than Before, Water for Life for Survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) – Philippines

By Jay Cook

Typhoon Haiyan — known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines — was one of the strongest tropical storms humans have ever recorded. Making landfall on the morning of November 8, 2013, it left a massive trail of destruction, killing more than 6,000 persons and displacing millions.
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The first class of five Rotary sponsored scholars graduated in April 2014 with Master of Science degrees in water education from the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education. The graduates have returned home and are applying their education to water and sanitation projects in their home countries of Argentina, Uganda, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Ghana. Read More…

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