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Southampton Rotary and Rotary Hand Up Provide Clean Water in Guatemala

For residents of a remote Guatemalan village, a water harvester project funded by Rotary means an end to fetching water from a spring located approximately one0kilometre down a steep hill from their village.

Thanks to Southampton Rotary, in collaboration with Rotary Hand Up, those 490 villagers in Tuilam, Guatemala will soon get their water from eight rainwater harvesters, paid for with Rotary cash and care.

A Southampton Rotary news release said work is underway on the $54,600 water project in Guatemala, a project made possible by a generous global grant of $34,000 from the Rotary Foundation that the local club worked 18 months to receive.

The Hand Up Clubs contributed $20,600 to the project, and wrote the grant application. It is the lead on behalf of Hand Up. The Rotary Club of Southampton made a direct cash contribution of $2,000  to what officials called a “vital endeavour” in the release.

On behalf of Hand Up, Southampton Rotary closely partnered with the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango in Guatemala to install eight rainwater harvesters in the remote highland village of Tuilam, during the fall of 2023.

Tony Sheard, local Rotary international services committee chair, said the Southampton club has a proven track record of successfully completing international humanitarian service projects, such as water and maternity health projects in Cameroon.

“We are delighted to lead this venture in Guatemala on behalf of Hand Up, and we eagerly anticipate its completion in early 2024,” Sheard said in the release.

“Working in collaboration with Pablo Cardona from our partner club, the Rotary Club of Huehuetenango, we have been instrumental in bringing this project a reality, facilitated by the power of modern communication tools such as WhatsApp and Google Translate,” Sheard said, adding the initiative “exemplifies the power of collaboration, compassion, and Rotary’s unwavering commitment to improving lives worldwide.”