For four years the South Pasadena Rotary has supported a major water project in Tanzania, an East African country.
The Ames, Iowa Rotary Club has coordinated the effort, and the project was introduced to the South Pasadena Rotary by member Dick Ross, a former member of the Ames club.
Dave Fox, a member of the Ames, Iowa, Rotary, was the program speaker, talking to South Pasadena Rotarians Tuesday at Oneonta Congregational Church about the project.
Fox explained that water systems have been installed in three villages near the city of Same. Plans call for digging wells in three more local villages. To date, the project has cost about three quarters of a million dollars.
Fox showed a video illustrating the water project and the many added benefits that occur by providing fresh water to a community.
School children no longer have to walk miles to get water each day, allowing them to attend classes. Water is used to irrigate crops and trees. It also means that bricks can be made locally, resulting in the construction of 50 homes in one of the villages.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Rotary President Charles Wiggington presented Fox with a check for $1,000 to further support the worthy project.
The Rotary Club of South Pasadena meets every Tuesday in the Tower Room at the Oneonta Church, except for the first Tuesday of the month when they meet at 6 p.m. at The Canoe House for an informal social gathering. Guests are welcome to attend anytime.