Pearl Rotarians were updated on Sept. 21 about an international service committee sanitation project that is placing 150 improved latrines in rural Nicaragua.
The main objective, according to the grant application to the Rotary Foundation, is "improved sanitation for the community of Aguas Calientes" including affordable drinking water, improved hygiene practice and disease prevention.
Pearl Rotary has joined with the Matagalpa R.C. to provide toilets and hand sanitation stations. Committee co-chair Adam Steckel explained Rotary's role in the project which totals $47,250.
Introduced through Zoom to Pearl Rotarians was Violeta Rizo, key Matagalpa club leader for the effort (and three-time past president of her club). Another key non-Rotary partner was Green Empowerment--represented in the program by Maria Espinoza (Nicaragua) and Caitlyn Peake (Portland, program director).
According to the document, Pearl Rotary contributed $11,000 and was aided with smaller support from both the Lake Oswego and Newburg Early Birds Rotary Clubs. District 5100 (OR-WA) also matched the Rotary Clubs' financial commitment. (Pictures--Handwashing station, project sign and improved latrine.)