Area Rotary Water Project
Rotary Clubs Working Together:
In 2014, the Rotarians of Area 9, District 7450 decided to apply for an International grant from the Rotary Foundation to provide a safe water supply for the people of Santa Eulalia and surrounding communities in Guatamala. The Rotary Clubs joining these efforts as well as providing the significant financial support were: Kennett Square, Longwood, West Grove, Avondale, Oxford, Twin Valley, and Thorndale along with the "host" club in Guatamala, The Rotary Club of Baritta. Also supporting this project were three Rotary Clubs from Florida.
Challenges Along The Way:
There were some social conflicts and unrest in the area while a new Mayor was elected and so the project was stalled for a year. The slow movement of projects in under developed countries is not uncommon. However, the newly elected Mayor was a Rotarian from the Huehuetenango Club and so he got the project restarted. They discovered that the host club in Guatamala could not support the project anylonger. Thus, together it was decided that a new club would host the project - Huehuetenango. They reapplied and rewrote the grant and by Rotary year 2016/2017, the grant was reapproved. The Water Mission had completed another cost reassessment and all the funds from our district clubs were released to the Rotary Foundation and sent to Guatamala. By June 2017, the project was fully funded and on site activites began.
Working Starts - Water Flows
The Water Mission engineering organization visited the site in July 2017 and met with the WASH (Water And Sanitation Hygiene) Committee, the Mayor, and community members to review the first steps, finalize the costs and determine the way for the water pipes. Work quickly got underway and in March 2018, the first phase of training the local people to become WASH trainees began. Due to the improvements, water was alleged by community members - - 13 villages, 1,100 households, or 5,500 people.
The next step in the project is building and implementing the chlorination treatment system and to install water meters, which will be used to look at typical water consumption patterns. Inspections of the pipes must be completed before the next stage. More information to come when the inspections have been completed and approved.