Water and Sanitation
According to Water Missions International
842,000 people die every year globally due to diarrhea caused by inadequate drinking water, sanitation and hand hygiene. That is approximately 2,300 people/day.
Approximately 2.4 Billion people live without adequate sanitation. That’s 35% of the Global population.
Reductions in time to collect water has been found to increase school attendance.
Every $1 invested in water and sanitation provides a $4-$35 economic return.
District 7770 has donated over $100,000 for clean drinking water
Many of our Clubs have donated to the District Water Project. This Water Project has written and delivered over $100,000 in Water Systems to underdeveloped countries. I would like to congratulate those clubs that have been a part of these grants.
Rotarians from the Historic Rotary Club of Charleston participated in Water Missions International’s Annual Walk for Water. The funds raised will support safe water community development projects. It was a family-friendly, non-competitive event. Rotarians began their walk with an empty bucket symbolizing the trek that millions take each day to fetch water. Halfway through the walk, buckets were filled with water and the journey was completed.
The Rotary Club of Bluffon also had a walk for water to support the water system they provided in Peru. The Bluffton club recently sent a congratulatory Facebook post “to our friends at Rotary Club Paita Centro in Peru from your friends at the Bluffton Rotary Club in SC. So grateful to have had the opportunity to partner with you to bring clean water to the wonderful people of Miramar:
Walter Hughes a Virginia Rotarian has taken several groups to Ghana to provide clean water. Our District has contributed Global Grant money and talent to these missions.
Walter said, “I am honored to be a White House Champion of Change. I’m accepting on behalf of Rotarians and friends from a team of more than 80 Rotary clubs in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Ghana, and South Sudan. We are celebrating the end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana in West Africa. It all started with a dream. I’m the lucky guy who gets to witness lives transformed around the world.” District Rotarians, Dr. Anne Matthews PRIVP, David Michaux PRID, Helen Ryan Rotarian and others accompanied Walter on one such mission.
It was “Ladies Day” at Spring Valley Rotary last week, when we inducted three new members, Brenda Milton, sponsored by Martie McParland and Patsy Brewer, Gwen Rawls, sponsored by Paula Matthews and Gina Pollack, sponsored by Stevie Johnson. Our club continues to have the highest percentage of women Rotarians in our District, just one of the many ways we are a diverse Rotary Club. Thanks to these members for sponsoring new members.
Brenda Milton is a retired Media Specialist in Richland District One with 31 years of service in the Army Reserves. She currently volunteers with Richland School Districts 1 and 2, serving as a mentor to students and assisting teachers in the class room. Gina Pollack is First Citizens Bank Branch Manager and is new to Columbia as of September of 2015, relocating from Massachusetts. Gwen Rawls is the owner of Gwen Rawls Italian Shoe Boutique in Trenholm Plaza.
Welcome to our newest Spring Valley Rotarians.
Chelsea Roland, a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student addressed the Rotary Club of Beaufort at its March 8th meeting. Chelsea spent her senior year of high school in Belgium, then attended the College of Charleston before being accepted as a Rotary Ambassador Global Scholar and attending graduate school in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Rotary Has Heart Project for the St. George Rotary Club is our ongoing backpack buddies program. We pick up food from the Lowcountry Food Bank once a month and deliver that to the individual Interact Clubs (we support 2 Interact clubs). Dorchester Academy has 35 students in its interact club. They usually have 10-12 students that help unload the food and then the juniors (12 students) pack the bags. They pack about 500 bags and deliver them to Williams Memorial Elementary School each month. The administrator there hands out about 125 bags every Friday to the underprivileged students each week so that they will have something substantial to eat over the weekend.
Women Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Beaufort pose for a group photo to commemorate International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 8th. The guest speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting on Lady’s Island was Chelsea Roland (back row, 3rd from left), a former Rotary sponsored Youth Exchange student, who continued her education at the College of Charleston, then graduate studies in Vancouver, British Columbia through the Rotary Funded Studies Program.
Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise guest speaker-member- Bob Squatriglia (right) appears above with current Club president Kevin Kristick (left) and Club president-elect (2017-18) Elizabeth Howland (center) at a recent meeting. Squatriglia’s club valedictory (he and Betty are relocating to Fort Mill,SC this month) was in three parts: ” Why I am a Rotarian”, “How I came to Conway and Coastal Carolina University”,” Making CCU a Better Place”.He served as Rotary International District 7770 Governor in 1987-88, is Vice President Emeritus for Student Affairs at CCU, and was in that position and also consultant , 1977-2010. The Rotary Club of Carolina Forest Sunrise meets at 7:00 am every Wednesday at Beef Obradys, Kroger-Carolina Forest Mall. Guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy a free breakfast while learning about our community and opportunities to serve others consistent with the Rotary motto : “Service Above Self”.