** 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.
Comment below for Metro’s permanent Zoom link or join us in downtown Eugene at The Davis Restaurant. As always, all are welcome!
Image credits: Rotary Club of Zapopan; the presentation will be in English