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Friday, March 30, 2012

Haiti Water Filter Project from VA & NC Rotary Clubs

A team of Rotarians from District 7600 traveled to Haiti for four days in late February for a firsthand look at the water filter project that was funded by Rotary clubs in District 7600, two Rotary clubs in North Carolina, and a grant from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund. The team included Lee Warren (South Hill RC), District Governor-Nominee Chuck Arnason (Blackstone RC), Assistant Governor Randy Cash (South Hill RC), Assistant Governor Bobby Fulcher (Powhatan RC), and Larry “Rat” Davis (Immediate Past President of the South Boston RC).

In 2011 the South Hill Rotary Club partnered with the Delmas/Aeroport Rotary Club in Haiti to obtain a grant from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund to construct and install water filters. The $24,000 project was funded with a $12,000 grant and $12,000 donated by the Rotary Clubs of South Hill, Henrico East, Powhatan, Lawrenceville, Lake Country, and South Boston in District 7600 and two North Carolina Rotary clubs: Belhaven-Pantego RC in District 7720 and Valdese RC in District 7670. The Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund was established by The Rotary Foundation to receive and administer donations for relief efforts related to the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti.

Not only did the team help by building filters and delivering them to homes that needed clean water, they also worked with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) Community Relations Manager and Rotarian Lee Warren and watched as local schools prepared the meals that were delivered to Haiti by SHN earlier in the year. The South Hill club has partnered with Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) in Haiti, a recognized charitable organization, and with the local Rotarians in Haiti for the implementation of the grant. The project will provide for approximately 450 water filters to be placed primarily in homes in a country in dire need of potable water. The project also provides jobs to Haitians who are constructing and installing the systems. The systems have approximately a ten year life span which allows the project to continue into the future. An average home consists of 8 people and HOM anticipates no less than 3 families will have access to each filter. This means that the project will supply clean potable water to approximately 11,500 people. Article by Lee Warren in the D7600 Rotary Foundation Newsletter. 

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