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Transforming a Community: Safe Water in Kenya. Ron Denham, Chair Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group United Nations - November 2011. Jim Goodrich, President, Rotary Club of Groveland, CA. The Background:.

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Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

Transforming a Community: Safe Water in Kenya

Ron Denham, ChairWater & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group

United Nations - November 2011

Jim Goodrich, President, Rotary Club of Groveland, CA


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

The Background:

  • 1.2 million people in the Rift Valley region around Nakuru lack access to safe water during the dry season.

  • Women and children trek up to 6 km several times a day carrying polluted water for their families.


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

This lack of safe water has profound implicationsfor the community


It also helped start a micro bank to fund tank construction and small businesses

It also helped start a micro-bank to fund tank construction and small businesses:


Then they receive materials to build the rainwater collection and storage cisterns

Then they receive materials to build the rainwater collection and storage cisterns:


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

Rainwater harvesting freeswomen from the chore of hauling water; the micro-bank lends them money to start small businesses!!!


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

Elizabeth, who once spent all day hauling water, now grows cabbages:


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

And her husband, who she describes as a “drunkard”, now minds the goats


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

This program is not merely providing water, it is enabling the community to improve life and livelihood:

  • Women are creating economic value.

  • Micro-banks give people confidence and hope.

  • Crops and livestock flourish.

  • Food supply is assured, poverty reduced.

  • Children are healthier.

  • Women are sending their children to school.


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

This program is successful because it is owned by the community:

  • The Nakuru Rotary club invested in the people, not in technology.

  • The Rotary Community Corps extended the club’s reach into the smallest villages.

  • Rotarians made a multi-year commitment.

  • The club trained and employed skilled people.

  • Households committed money and labour!!!


Jim goodrich president rotary club of groveland ca

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