Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 29, 2019
Martin von Holst introduced the Kelowna Rotary Club’s Carol Eamer, who serves as International Service Director for both her club & District 5060.  She spoke about the extensive & chronic problems the people of Haiti have with lack of potable water, due to poverty, deforestation, corruption & other factors, all exacerbated by the 2010 hurricane.  She explained “HANWASH – Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Strategy – is a collaborative national initiative to provide thoughtfully managed & sustainable clean water & sanitation to all citizens of Haiti, along with the associated health, community & economic benefits.  The initiative is led by (Caribbean) Rotary District 7020 & DINEPA (The Haitian Government’s National Water & Sanitation Agency), along with other NGOs.”  Current RI President Barry Rassin, of Nassau, Bahamas, is a supporter of HANWASH.  To begin, four of Haiti’s 145 communes have been selected for pilot projects.  Meillac, a small village in the Ferrier commune, in the northeast, next to the Dominican Republic border, will be supported by our District 5060, led by the Rotary Club of Wenatchee.  They’ve asked all 5060 clubs to help.  The initial goal is to raise US$15,000 for engineering studies.  About 80% of this goal has been pledged.  Members approved a motion by Martin to contribute C$1,000.