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Rotary Grant Proposal


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I’m pleased to report that Steve King of the Leonardtown, MD, Rotary Club has submitted a Future Vision Global Grant Proposal to the Rotary District 7620 Grant Committee for approval.  If you have read this blog for the past year, you know the ups and downs we have had.  We’ve been both anxious to get a grant proposal on its way through the district and on to Rotary International and yet we also wanted to prepare the best proposal possible.

Steve has done a remarkable job and I can’t toss enough kudos his way.  This is an expensive but comprehensive and well thought out project:  3 wells and 20 latrines to serve 1,000 adults, training in related health issues, and a maintenance structure for the village to provide volunteer workers and funding that will be in place far into future.

I also commend Jackson Liaram for his quick replies to Steve when information was needed and the villagers in Oltorotua for their willingness to contribute their labor to make this project happen.  Since we have a hydrogeological survey that shows water there, a committee of committed village elders and a subcommittee of men and women eager to take care of future maintenance, we feel we are a step ahead.

During the past year I have been immensely impressed with Rotary.  Although my brother-in-law, Jerry Kruhm, had told me about some valuable projects carried out by his New Smyrna Beach (FL) Rotary club, I have learned much more about how hard all members work to stop polio, build schools, provide clean water and all sorts of large and small projects.  Every Rotary member I’ve met has been a friendly person helping to make their home community and the world community a better place!  

Any Rotary members reading this?  If the proposal is approved, we are looking for clubs to help.  Leonardtown will be the primary international sponsor, but we are seeking co-sponsors for the project from other clubs in District 7620 or in another Future Vision District.  We also need a club in Kenya to provide oversight.

The photo shows women in Jackson’s family on their way home after their daily trek for water.  Water of marginal purity!  We want to help these intelligent, talented women have hours each day to use their skills, not walk 5 miles or more for water.

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1 comment to Rotary Grant Proposal

  • marybk

    Thanks. I hope you keep reading. This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever taken on. And the Maasai are one of the most exciting cultures in the world. They want to continue their time-honored traditions but also have a foot in the modern world.