Support to Haiti
Kalamazoo Rotarians will travel to Haiti February 17 - 23, 2011 to check on the progress of our water filter installation and hygiene training. an Overview of the trip is Here and an Application is available Here. Catch up in the details and consider joining the trip.
In 2005 we initiated a project to provide drinking water filters in Haiti. Just the other side of Cuba, Haiti is the poorest country in the northern hemisphere and bad water has been the #1 cause of death before the recent earthquake.
With matching grants from Rotary International and support from Rotary Clubs throughout southwest Michigan, we have raised over $73,000 for this World Community Service project to provide Bio Sand Water Filters to schools and communities so that families can have safe water for cooking and drinking.
Rotarians from Kalamazoo traveled to Haiti in 2007 and 2009 to initiate this program. They met with Rotarians from the Dominican Republic who serve as partners in this project and travelled to remote areas to see the conditions in villages and the depth of the need.
Once installed, the filters are simple to maintain and each serves the needs of several families with safe water.
This project was just coming to fruitition when the devastating earthquake struck Haiti. Kalamazoo Rotarians immediately became involved in relief efforts including emergency medical care, provision of drinking water and emergency supplies plus assistance to the local children's hospital operated by International Child Care whose President is our own club member Keith Mumma.
The 2011 trip will check on progress of installation of the biosand water filters and other elements of our support to this devastated country.