In 2013 volunteers with the Calgary West Rotary Club began providing hope for the local people. In 2013 the Rotary Club began a program named Honduras Economic and Community Development. Our goal is to bring sustainable benefits to improve the lives of the poorest of the poor in Honduras.
Rotarians work in partnership with Project Manager Arnoldo Alvarez (P. Eng.) from the organization Impact Water. He grew up in a poor family whose daily livelihood came from subsistence farming in Honduras.
Mr. Alvarez earned a scholarship that funded his studies to earn an Agricultural Engineering degree. For more than 25 years more than 300 water projects have been complete under his leadership. Each one is still operating with the exception of the one which was wiped out by Hurricane Mitch.
Why is this significant? The UN reports state that about 50% of water projects fail in every 5-year period. That makes the record of Arnoldo Alvarez remarkable.
What is the secret to his success? Each village becomes an owner of the water. Local governance by a water committee ensures that the project is maintained, secured and protected.
Funding for this project comes from several Rotary clubs in southern Alberta. In addition, grants have been received from our Rotary District 5360 and Rotary International.
We have been successful in the past receiving matching fund from the Alberta and Federal governments. Each dollar raised can be multiplied by six to eight times.
All donations for this project are eligible for tax receipts from the Rotary Club of Calgary West which is a registered charitable organization.
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