Water is Life! Help us Bring Clean Water to Altos de Escuapa, Honduras

Children holding a sign saying Water is Life

The Need

Just Imagine!
Imagine there was no clean water for your family!

Imagine getting up just after sunrise each morning to search for hours and only finding a puddle of water. Water that is dirty and contaminated! Water that is the only choice to provide for your family's needs.

Imagine what it would be like to see your family suffering day after day from aggressive internal and skin diseases that live in your drinking, washing and bathing water. Then, there are the parasites.

The Gift of Clean Water

Buy Tickets Map showing area of Community Development

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.

Qualified Partners

Arnoldo talks with the water committee

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.

Lack of working toilets contributes to the problem

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.

The Inside Story – the Plan

Local committee

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.

Leveraging Funding

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.

Rotary Club of Calgary West logo, District 5360 logo, Rotary International logo

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.

Donations accepted through PayPal:

or make your cheque out to The Rotary Club of Calgary West, PO Box 4572, Station C, Calgary, AB T2T 5N3 and send it to the attention of Judy Cochrane, Treasurer.

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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