Peace Fellow Memorial Project





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Project Description

Country: Honduras

Location: Comayagua Department

Total Budget: $14,202

Areas of Focus: Water and sanitation, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Community Development: General

Summary: Helping rural coffee-growing communities adapt to climate changes near the Montecillos Biological Reserve caused by pine beetle devastation by providing for each home a clean cookstove and water cistern and two tree nurseries for the community.

The Need

In the buffer zone of the Montecillos Biological Reserve, the Mesoamerican Pine Beetle has wiped out half of existing Honduran Pines, which protected cultivated coffee plants from the tropical sun. In addition, a coffee fungus has reduced production by up to 60% in some areas. Coffee is the basis for the economy of local communities. The pine canopy that has been destroyed not only protected the basis for the local economy, it also protected water availability and quality for the local communities. As income dries up, families struggle to meet their most basic needs. This puts additional pressure on the natural resources in the Reserve as people try to recover what they've lost.

The Project

With partners Trees Water People (TWP) and the Center for Education in Sustainable Agriculture (CEASO), Rotary will build resilience into the recovery by providing cook-stoves, cisterns, and diversified tree nurseries. The cookstoves will improve the health of the population by improving air quality. The cisterns will improve the quantity and availability of water. The tree nurseries will replace the devastated pine canopy with varieties of trees that can produce alternative income over time (protect coffee trees and provide tree and vine fruit for marketing).

This project was started by Rotary Peace Scholar Lucas Wolf (class of 2006 - 2008, sponsored by District 5440) while he was the International Director of Trees Water People (TWP), an NGO that works with rural communities throughout Central America and on U.S. Tribal Lands.

Lucas unexpectedly passed away at age 36 while attending an environmental conference in Havana, Cuba. Lucas lived in Managua, Nicaragua, in his role with TWP. The Rotary Club of Fort Collins Breakfast and TWP worked to develop a project in Lucas' memory which related to his passion. Until his death, Lucas remained very active in the Rotary Peace Fellow alumni organization, traveling often to speak and/or participate in Rotary-sponsored peace conferences. With this project, TWP and Rotary are carrying on his legacy, and kicking off a 5-year effort to plant 1,000,000 trees in his name. Products of this District Grant will include cisterns (to collect rain water from roofs) and efficient cook-stoves for 25 households. This project is in memory of Lucas.


Each set of 25 cisterns, two tree nurseries and 25 stoves can be completed in a 6 to 12month period, depending on the season. Roads in the rainy season make access to many communities impossible.

Club Member Involvement

Club members will have the opportunity to visit the site and help with hands-on implementation.

Project Contact Person

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins-Breakfast

Primary Contact: Gary Turner

Email: geeturn@comcast.net

Project Status

This project is "Signed". This means that the signatures from the club leadership have been collected. This project is now being reviewed by the district leadership for approval. Once a decision is made, the status of the project will be changed to "Approved".

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Fort Collins-Breakfast (5440)









DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

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History Log Entries


by Randall Looper

You need to upload a detailed budget to the Documents section. You also need to enter the amount you are requesting from the district in a 2-1 match ratio up to $4,000 in the financing section.


by Randall Looper

The club has not completed the District Qualification training to be eligible for a District grant. Please have the clubs PE go to the training section on the District website and complete the grant qualification training.


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Gary Turner

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Julia Murray of the Rotary Club of Evanston, District 5440.


by Gary Turner

The Financing tab has been updated to reflect contributions of $3000 from Fort Collins Breakfast Rotary and $1000 from Evanston, WY, Rotary with a request for $4000 via a District Matching Grant.


by Gary Turner

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Gary Turner

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Gary Turner

System Entry: Project signed by Gary Turner.


by Bob Waltermire

System Entry: Project signed by Bob Waltermire.

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