Colombia Highlighted in Zone Institute Presentation
Disaster Aid International Chairman David Langworthy (a member and Past President of the RC of Endeavour Hills) addressed delegates in the session immediately following lunch on the second day of the Institute.
David’s talk concentrated on the vital supply of safe water to communities affected by disasters, or just suffering from the effects of water-borne diseases.
David's theme was, 'A child without clean water is … a disaster', and he outlined some of the water projects Disaster Aid had completed. He explained how the Australian-invented SkyHydrant™ filter (which removes bacteria and viruses and lasts for more than 10 years, with minimal maintenance) was used in these projects and can provide enough clean, safe water for more than 350 families.
He then described a project in Colombia, South America where Disaster Aid is working with the RC of Bogotá Teusaquillo and District 4281 for a Rotary Foundation Grant to enable installation of SkyHydrants in 70 rural schools. David asked the current District Governors to consider supporting the proposal with funding of $5,000 per District.
The presentation was well received, and during the next two days our information stand was kept very busy with requests for information, particularly on the SkyHydrant water filtration systems, and the many Disaster Aid safe water projects.