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Milford Rotary Club organizes international sanitation project

Rotary Clubs in Milford and the Danli, Honduras, have announced that the Rotary Foundation approved a global grant that, when completed, will improve the health of 425 families by providing them with clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.

The project will serve nine dispersed, remote communities in the rural municipality of Trojes, along the Nicaraguan border, about three hours northeast of Danli. ...

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Rotary Clubs in Milford and the Danli, Honduras, have announced that the Rotary Foundation approved a global grant that, when completed, will improve the health of 425 families by providing them with clean water, sanitation and hygiene education.

The project will serve nine dispersed, remote communities in the rural municipality of Trojes, along the Nicaraguan border, about three hours northeast of Danli.

“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,” said Milford Rotarian Doug Rupert, who spearheaded the project.

“We are pleased that Rotary, and the Milford Club in particular, can be part of the solution.”

The goal is to virtually eliminate water-borne diarrheal disease in the communities by providing practical, simple, sustainable tools, including:

Filtration technology.

Hygiene and sanitation training.

Toilets.

Ongoing monitoring and follow-up.

Five other New Hampshire Rotary Clubs supported the 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.

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 funds will be provided by a Native Energy carbon credit program.

Pure Water for the World, which has been working in Honduras for 12 years, was selected as the implementing organization. Pure Water was founded in 1999 by the Brattleboro, Vt., Rotary Club, and has provided more than 500,000 people with a source of clean drinking water.

For more information about the project, email Rupert at DougRupert@TDS.net.

The Milford Rotary Club meets Wednesdays at the Community House. For more information about the club, visit milfordnhrotary.org.