Uganda Wells In many areas of Uganda, women and children walk up to five kilometers one or more times a day to meet their most basic needs for water. Most of this water is obtained from lakes and is not safe to drink without boiling or chemical treatment. The lack of such treatment and the effort required to collect and haul water were major contributors to the noticeably poor health of those living in these conditions. When gathering water from a lake, the water near the shore is the most contaminated, so women often wade further into the lakes to collect the cleanest water, thus subjecting themselves to greater risk of being attacked by crocodiles. In addition to the serious problem of health issues caused by the contaminated water and the danger in retrieving it, there is another serious problem. With all the time spent on meeting just the most basic needs for water, how can children spend time in school? How can families earn a living? In addition to the much greater health a clean, nearby water source can provide, it can also provide the time that people need to improve their lives in many other ways. The Leavenworth Rotary Club has contributed significantly to the building of two wells in Uganda and we have one more that is in the process of being built.
Guatemala Wheelchair Project In Guatemala, and many other countries, many handicapped people must rely on family or friends to care for them or literally carry them around. This lack of independence is an incredible drain on the mental state of already physically strained people. A wheelchair can change the lives of a person like this and their family immeasurably. In America, we have enough wheelchairs that many are discarded. In June of 2008, new and used wheelchairs were acquired in partnership with Cashmere Rotary Club. More than one hundred units plus walkers and crutches were gathered thanks to the hard work and generosity of Rotarians and others. All 100 wheelchairs, wheelchair parts, and walking aids were re-built to like new condition before being sent by ship ping container to points around the world. Our collection, garnered primarily by Tony Banks and Ed Baroch, was sent to Guatemala to enhance our already active contribution efforts to that part of the world.
Rotaplast Rotaplast International is a non-profit humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive operations and treatment for children in need worldwide. We provide long-term solutions by funding and mentoring local physicians; launching public education projects; and advancing research. Through collaborative programs throughout the world, Rotaplast efforts expand far beyond surgical intervention and help foster international goodwill, peace and understanding. The goal of Rotaplast International is to eliminate the incidence of untreated cleft lips and palates in children worldwide by the year 2025. Local Leavenworth Rotarian Elizabeth Saunders is currently in India working on this project.