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Thank you for the article on page 32 of the April
issue of Rotary Down Under, The Gift of Clean
Water, featuring a project that our District 9830 has
developed over the past four years.
From the dot points I submitted, you put together
an excellent description of the project and the great
benefits it brings to the people of Handikola, Nepal.
Rotary Down Under presents some interesting
features each month and I congratulate you and the
team on the great work you are doing.
PDG Kevin Shadbolt
Rotary Club of Latrobe, Tas
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I look forward to Rotary Down Under each month
and the first article I always read is RI president
Ravi Ravindran’s comments. He is very inspiring and
exemplifies the Rotary spirit. He makes me feel proud
to be a Rotarian and puts thought into each month’s
comments. It would make a great collection.
In April I attended the Class XIII Peace Fellow
Seminar at the University of Queensland. To
hear the inspiring work these young
high achievers are doing for the
betterment of the world augers
well for a bright future. We
are so lucky that Rotary
funds this much needed
Being a Rotarian is
rewarding and a gift we
really need to share with
as many people
Rotary Club of Brisbane
promise bright future
Rotary projects can
aim too big
I read with interest the guest editorial in the March issue of
Rotary Down Under about Rotary’s war on unsafe water, and the
additional articles on that subject.
With the greatest of intentions, Rotary projects often aim
I would like to give you an example where as little as $2000
can make a huge difference to a large number of people.
In eastern Uganda, in the remote village of Paya, there existed
an open well from which villagers drew their water with a rope
and bucket. As this well was literally a hole in the ground, it
was regularly contaminated by surface runoff and other
substances. Children had been known to have fallen
into the well.
Armed with a donation of $2000 from
the Rotary Club of Sussex Inlet, NSW,
Wendy Pollock, of the Rotary Club
of Rockingham, WA, who regularly
visits Uganda in her role as president
of House of Hope Uganda Inc.,
arranged with the district water
board to have the well covered and
a hand pump installed.
The well was pumped dry and
sand and gravel were placed in the
bottom to act as a filter. A brick
“collar” was formed and a concrete
cap was installed. This cap was a
standard design used on most wells in
Uganda. A readily available hand pump was
installed in the cap and the well was allowed
The effects were almost immediate; within a few days
villagers had noticed a reduced incidence of stomach complaints.
As the well improvements came in a little under the $2000,
Wendy and her affiliate from EDYAC (a Ugandan NGO) took a
doctor to the village and held a small medical camp with the
balance. There they treated a large number of children for minor
ailments such as lice and open wounds, etc. Many of these
children had never seen a doctor in their life.
There must be hundreds, if not thousands, of villages in similar
circumstances in many countries throughout Asia and Africa. It
would be a mammoth task to attempt large scale improvements,
however, helping one village at a time may be appropriate for
club level projects.
P.S . A word of caution. A reliable facilitator on the ground is
essential for successful completion and acquittal of funds for
projects such as this.
Former Rotarian and partner of Wendy Pollock, of
the Rotary Club of Rockingham, WA
hub for help
I very much enjoy reading my copy
of Rotary Down Under each month and
hearing what my fellow Rotarians have
been up to. However, I would like to suggest
the inclusion of a “notice board” where calls
for assistance can be placed. This way clubs can
receive any help we may need in the beginning
stages of projects before they come to fruition
and become full stories in these pages.
Rotary Club of Freshwater Bay, WA
ED: “What a great idea
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