Rotary Presents Check For Water Filters In Haiti
Shelia Santiago, club president, presented a check of $44,000 to Keith Mumma, U.S. national director for International Child Care, a humanitarian group that operates Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti.
The money will go toward the purchase and installation of simple bio-sand water filters in schools and health clinics in the area of Port-au- Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Haiti, and particularly the Port-au-Prince area, were devastated by a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck in January 2010. Clean Water
Even before the 2010 earthquake, not all people of Haiti, reportedly the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, had access to clean drinking water.
The earthquake destroyed what infrastructure was in place, in addition to claiming a quarter-million lives and leaving a million or more people homeless.
Cholera, a disease transmitted by tainted food and water, has ravaged Haiti, killing thousands. Fund Drive
In the fall of 2010, Archbold Rotary began a fund drive, with a goal of $70,000. Rotary members estimated they could purchase about 500 bio-sand filters, which could provide clean water for thousands of people.
As of last week, Rotary Club members had raised more than $67,000. Donations have come from clubs in Wauseon, Stryker, Napoleon, and Bryan. Others donating include local churches and foundations, businesses, and individuals. Sauder Village pitched in through one of their winter picnic programs.
Lou Levy, president-elect of the Archbold Rotary Club, said the club has applied for matching grants from the Rotary District for Northwest Ohio. Local club members have set aside $20,000 for the local match, which could be used to obtain an additional $55,000 for similar clean water projects in the country.
“The total project would then raise nearly $120,000, and provide more than 1,000 water filters," Levy said.
“Each filter is estimated to serve 70 to 80 persons.”
Levy said, “The combined Rotary effort (Archbold and area clubs; the district organization, and Rotary International) could mean safe, clean drinking water for up to 80,000 Haitians who currently do not have access to the basic necessity of life and health.–David Pugh