“Dry” Toilets in Rural Jalisco – January 17th

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** EDIT: We are postponing this presentation until next Tuesday, January 17th at 6 pm Pacific/8 pm CDMX for any of you who read the original article. We just found out that we lost our beloved club member Suwanna Smith and we will be taking tonight, Tuesday, January 10th to grieve together and to celebrate her beautiful spirit. Thank you for understanding. We hope to see you next week. **

When was the last time you invited a friend to learn more about innovative toilets? How can Rotary clubs bring “plumbing” to the Wixárika indigenous community without running water? How can they reduce dysentery by 80% and protect the local water supply and generate compost fertilizer to better grow traditional glass gem corn?

In rural Las Guayabas, in the northern highlands of Jalisco the Rotary Club of Zapopan is partnering with the University of Guadalajara and local communities to build “dry” toilets for 30 local families. They’re teaming up with Rotary clubs from Sweden and the US as well as two other Mexican clubs from District 4140 to make this innovative and replicable Global Grant a life-changing reality.

Running water and indoor plumbing can be easy to take for granted within municipal water districts or on well systems but in this rural community, an eight-hour drive from the nearest city, experts cite approximately 300 cases of dysentery every year. There are only 180 people in this community but the contaminated water is making them sick and it is polluting local rivers.

For less than $60,000 USD this grant will also provide environmental care and hygiene workshops to people in the community to maintain their facilities after construction is complete, and the community members themselves will help build the dry toilets.

You’re invited to join us to learn how Sandra Castellanos and Ramón Díaz’s Rotary club is leading this outstanding project.

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Image credits: Rotary Club of Zapopan; the presentation will be in English

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  1. Hi, I am in State of Jefferson Rotary ad live in Spain. However, I work in Guatemala often. May I join via Zoom?

    1. Saludos desde México, Dr. Thomas! We would love to have you join us NEXT Tuesday, January 17th at 6 pm Pacific, though I believe that will be 3 am for you?

      We just found out that one of our club members has passed away and we are postponing today’s January 10th presentation until next week so we can take this time to grieve together and decide how best to honor her going forward. Our friends in the Rotary Club of Zapopan have graciously rescheduled to accommodate this unexpected news.

      I will repost this invitation next week, le deseamos todo lo mejor! Feliz año 🙂

    1. Hi, Bob! We would love to have an Airportarian join us 🙂 We have actually had to last-minute postpone this presentation until NEXT Tuesday, January 17th 6 pm after finding out yesterday that we lost one of our own. We will be taking tonight to support each other as a club as we process this tremendous loss.

      We will repost this invitation next week and I hope that will work for your schedule as well. This project is really remarkable and we’re looking forward to hosting our Mexican friends from Zapopan. Our best to Airport from Metro!

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