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Rotarians Gena Gates and Supt. Mike Vieau of the Pinconning Area Schools meet after the water project presentation.

WORLD VISION: "Since Rotary Came the Children Stopped Dying"

Pinconning-Standish Rotary Club Hears Gena Gates Explain Water Program

January 13, 2018       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Rotarian Gena Gates spoke to the Northern Bay-Arenac Rotary Club last Thursday about the critical need for clean water for developing countries globally.

An estimated 4.6 million people are reached with clean water each year under a partnership between Rotary International and World Vision International, she said.

"This is the next big issue as Rotary's Polio Plus campaign is wrapping up," she said.

The program is the largest provider of water to developing countries globally, such as Honduras and the Dominican Republic, she added.

"Since Rotary came the children stopped dying," a parent in one of the countries served by the Rotary Safe Water Plus program was quoted as saying.

Water boards have been established and projects completed in cooperation with local Rotary clubs, Ms. Gates explained.

"World Vision has been working in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for more than 50 years, starting in the 1960s primarily with small water projects in individual communities," the organization's website explains.

"We gained much experience in the subsequent decades, including a significant scale-up through the West Africa Water Initiative -- a large public-private partnership, where World Vision served as the lead non-governmental organization.

In 2010, World Vision made a strategic decision to scale up its investment in WASH, making an increased, targeted investment in WASH in 12 countries with high WASH need -- ten in Africa, one in Latin America, and one in Asia. Because of this strategic investment, over the last 5 years, we have reached more than 7 million people with water, sanitation, and hygiene, specifically providing safe drinking water to more than 5.5 million people."

"The ultimate goal of all of World Vision's work is child well-being. Child well-being at World Vision is defined by the following four targets:

"Children enjoy good health.

"Children are educated for life.

"Children experience the love of God and their neighbors

"Children are cared for, protected and participating.

'World Vision believes that sustainable well-being is impossible without sustainable, equitable access to clean water, dignified sanitation, and appropriate hygiene behaviors."


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