Milford Rotary spearheads water, sanitation project to help Honduran families
MILFORD — The Milford Rotary Club and the Danli, Honduras, Rotary Club have announced that the Rotary Foundation has approved a Global Grant for a project that, when completed, will improve the health of 425 families — including many children — by providing them with clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.
The Milford Rotary Club says the project will serve nine dispersed, remote communities in the rural municipality of Trojes, Honduras, which is situated along the Nicaraguan border, about three hours northeast of Danli.
The total cost of the project is $188,000, of which $138,300 was funded by Rotary clubs, Rotary districts and the Rotary Foundation. The remaining money will be provided by a Native Energy carbon credit program.
The goal of the project is to eliminate water-borne diarrheal disease in the communities by providing practical, simple and sustainable tools, including point-of-use filtration technology; toilets; hygiene and sanitation training to individuals, teachers and communities; and ongoing monitoring and followup.
In addition to the Milford club, five other New Hampshire Rotary clubs supported this project — Nashua, Nashua West, Souhegan Valley, Monadnock and Jaffrey-Rindge, as well as the District Foundation Committee. Fourteen other Rotary clubs from Maine, New York, New Jersey, Montana, Oregon and Washington also partnered on the project.
Milford Rotarian Doug Rupert, who spearheaded this project, said: “In a country where 80 percent of all known illnesses are caused from drinking contaminated water, this project will help address that issue for 425 families. We are pleased that Rotary, and the Milford club in particular, can be part of the solution.”
Pure Water for the World Inc., which has been working in Honduras for 12 years, has been selected to implement the project. Pure Water, which was founded in 1999 by the Brattleboro, Vt., Rotary Club, has since that time provided more than 500,000 people with a source of clean drinking water.
For more about the project, email Rupert at DougRupert@TDS.net.
For more about the Milford Rotary Club, which meets Wednesdays at the Community House in Milford, go to MilfordNHRotary.org.