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CLEAN WATER FOR KUNA VILLAGE
ROTARY GLOBAL GRANT 20100620
Since 2013 the Rotary club of Downtown Los Angeles has been the international sponsor for four Global Grants from the Rotary Foundation to provide clean water and sanitation to schools and clinics in Migori, Kenya. This has been possible through the generous financial support from over 20 Rotary clubs around the world, three Rotary districts, various foundations, individuals and the Rotary Foundation. We have spent $213,000 for grants providing clean water and improved sanitation to 2 clinics and 28 primary schools with over 15,000 students. We have helped children stay healthy and stay in school. We have saved lives.
For our next project we are working with H2Open Doors and the Suna Migori Rotary club to provide a water system for Kuna Village in Homa Bay County, Kenya. You can look up www.h2opendoors.org or H2Opendoors on youtube.com to see what they do.
The village of Kuna does not have a year-round source of water. Their sources of water are seasonal creeks that are shared with livestock. In the wet season, the creek is polluted and carries typhoid, dysentery, E. coli, etc. In the dry season they rely on polluted water from limited locations or polluted water that is trucked in at considerable expense and the cattle must be driven 8km to drink.
This project will change the lives of the 13,700 people living in Kuna Village by the installation of a borehole well, a Sun Spring Water System made by Innovative Water Solutions, storage tanks, and a water delivery system. The well provides the water, the SunSpring system purifies it even removing viruses. The operators bottle the water in sterilized, reusable 20-liter bottles. The people in the village will no longer get sick or die from E. coli, parasites and other water borne diseases. Children will have more time to go to school and study. Women will no longer spend hours each day fetching polluted water. The community will have a source of money for better schools and other community projects.
The water delivery system is based on a Sun Spring unit that using a micropore filter to remove parasites, bacteria and viruses. The system data is monitored to ensure that it is operating properly. The clean water is put into sterilized 20-liter jugs which can be transported to the homes and businesses in the area. The system will be owned by the community and run by a small group of respected women, selected by the community. The water will be sold to villagers and others at an affordable price. This will pay for the upkeep of the operation and may bring in revenue for the community to spend on schools, health facilities and other needed services as decided by the community. All additional revenue must be spent on activities that are within the Rotary six Areas of Focus and serve the village of Kuna.
If the well has the capacity and funds are available, we will add two additional items to the project. The first is an area with concrete washtubs for the women to wash their clothes. The second is a concrete trough for watering livestock. The laundry will help the women spend less time washing clothes and to do it in more safety. The second will free up the herdsmen from walking the cattle a long distance in the dry season, improve milk production and make the cattle healthier.
The host Rotarians and the community will prepare the infrastructure; the well, overhead tank, basic plumbing and building for the equipment by the end of June 2020. The Sunspring equipment will be installed by staff from Innovative Solutions, the villagers and a team of Rotarians in July 2020.
This is a clean water project with huge community development benefits. Kuna village is very interested and involved. At the initial community meeting with Rotarians of the Suna Migori club, 90 people including 17 members of the community committee turned up to give input to the project.
The Village will provide raw materials such as rocks, gravel and labour for digging trenches, mixing concrete etc. as their contribution to the project.
FUNDING AND BUDGET.
The budget for this project is $74,000 and we need to raise $40,000 so we can install the project in July 2020. Can you help us with this project?
We need the financial support of Rotary clubs, Rotary Districts and anyone else to make this project a reality. Our goal is to install this system in Kuna Village in July 2020 as a part of a Rotary / H2Open Doors safari. So, we need financial commitments right away.
If you would like more information on this project, or would like to provide funding or other assistance, please contact Peter Lattey at 310-968-3252 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Rotary Global Grant 20100620.