Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation that were recently awarded to the Rotary Clubs of Wainwright and Spruce Grove mean that students at a school in northern Ghana and residents of a community in rural Ecuador will soon have access to clean drinking water.
The Rotary Club of Wainwright’s project, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Tamale, Ghana, will result in “the installation of a system for harvesting rainwater from the roof of the existing building at La’angum Primary School (in Ghana), during the rainy season and storing it for later use,” says George Bunz, the club’s Foundation chair.
The Rotary Club of Revelstoke, BC is also contributing money to this project.
Meanwhile, Rotarians from Spruce Grove have partnered with the Rotary Club of Bahia de Caraquez to construct a municipal water system in Santa Teresa, Ecuador. The Rotary Club of Reno, Nevada is implementing a similar project in the adjacent community of Las Mercedes.
When completed, the new water systems in Ecuador will serve about 800 residents of the two villages, under the management of an elected water board.
“Prior to the 2016, the community got its water from a hand-drilled well, but this was destroyed by that year’s earthquake,” says Brad Mastaler, president-elect of the Spruce Grove club.
How Global Grants work
Global Grants are made possible by donations to TRF by Rotarians from around the world.
In addition to money from TRF’s World Fund, funding for these projects comes from other sources, including from the participating clubs and from the District Foundation committee (District Designated Funds).
The amount of money available to our District Foundation committee for District Designated Funds is determined by how much Rotarians from our District contribute to TRF. Half of what was donated by Rotarians in our District three years earlier is returned to the committee, to be used for District grants to clubs and to support Global Grant applications.
Global Grants fund projects in the six areas of focus for TRF: disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development, and peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
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Wainwright project will bring clean drinking water, improved toilets and biogas for school in Ghana
The school being supported by the Wainwright Rotary Club is located in Bumboazio, in northern Ghana, a region that is much less developed than in the south. Families there earn their living by farming small plots of land to produce corn, beans, peanuts and millet.
Because drilling water wells has proved unsuccessful, the school is “dependent on water carried by children from a creek, which is some distance away,” George Bunz says.
The installation of storage tanks will be a very important component of the project, as most water will be collected during the rainy season and stored for later use.
Each classroom will have a filter system, to ensure access to clean water.
As part of the project, an existing four-seat toilet will be upgraded and a new four-seat toilet built, along with a solar pump to utilize grey water to flush the toilets. A bio-digester will convert waste to biofuel to be used in the kitchen to prepare lunchtime meals for the 300 students who attend the school.
“The biogas will make a big difference,” George says. “Currently meals are prepared on stoves that burn wood, which women and children have to carry to the school. The project will relieve the women of this task so they have time for other work and will improve the environment by eliminating the smoke from burning wood.”
Funding for this project (in US dollars):
Rotary Club of Wainwright $14,250
District 5370 DDF $14,250
TRF World Fund $21,375
Projects will bring clean water to 800 residents of villages in rural Ecuador
Construction of the water system in Santa Teresa will begin after the end of the rainy season in March.
The project involves drilling and encasing a water well, creating storage and water treatment facilities, laying distribution lines to each residence, and installing water meters.
Rotary will sign memorandums of agreement with Ecuador’s federal and municipal governments, which will provide paid staff to operate the system.
The long-term sustainability of the project will be ensured by the establishment of an elected water board, whose members will be trained to operate the system.
A public education component will teach adults about water conservation and how to avoid contamination. Teachers will be trained to take a similar message into their classrooms.
Funding for this project (in US dollars):
Rotary Club of Spruce Grove $9,375
Districts 5370 & 4400 DDF $8,860
Government of Alberta $7,750
TRF World Fund $17,423
Rotarians from both Wainwright and Spruce Grove plan to visit their projects during construction.