As part of the Rotary Foundation, the international service arm of the worldwide service club Rotary International, The Rotary Club of Westmount has recently committed to a water purification project that will mean clean water and sanitation for thousands of residents in Kisumu, Kenya. The project is unique in that rather than building wells that can be contaminated by misuse, dead animals and more, this purification project uses simple metal water boilers invented by a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Plattsburg, New York.
Past President Nicola Elkins introduced members and guests and visiting members of the YMCA Master Swimmers Club who came en mass to hear fellow swimmer Nicola’s presentation, to the international project. Using a power point presentation that included images taken during a recent two week trip to Kenya where she and her husband Johnathon saw first hand the boilers in action and the squalid living conditions of too many of the residents of Kisumu, she clearly demonstrated the urgency and the purpose of the project.
At the cost of only $40 per unit, each boiler will produce two gallons of safe drinking water daily for a family of four for 15 years. “Every five units will ultimately save two lives,” explained Nicola. The boilers are manufactured in a factory built in Kisumu in 2014 that is operated and managed in Kenya. Each boiler comes with assembly instructions and user information.
The factory provides more than clean water; it provides a safe paid working and learning environment to some of the country’s aged out orphans, children who at 18 are no longer taken care of by the state. And unlike so many humanitarian aid projects, the goal of this purification project is that through the onsite factory, the boiler project will become self funding.
The Rotary Foundation was founded when Rotary President Arch C. Klumph stated in June 1917 at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, Georgia,”It seems eminently proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That idea was fulfilled five months later when he planted the seed of $26.50 at The Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri. For more information about Rotary International go to www.rotary.org/en
The Rotary Club of Westmount meets Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm for a buffet lunch and a relevant speaker. For more information or to attend a meeting contact Roberta at 514.935.3344 or firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.rotarywestmount.org