• Rotary Year: 2015-2016
  • Application Date: 5/28/2015
  • Club Name (Primary): Harrisonburg
  • Club Name 2: Broadway-Timberville
  • Club Name 3: Harrisonburg
  • Club Name 4: Broadway-Timberville
  • Project Name: Widows Well Project
  • Project Total Cost: $34,562.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $6,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Ongata Rongai Rotary Club is a new club in Kenya that is working with an organization called Well of Hope, an NGO, to provide widows and their children with safe, clean drinking water along with water for gardens and livestock. (The Harrisonburg Rotary club has assisted Well of Hope in the past in the collection of used shoes, which are shipped and sold to help resettle widows in this area.) The well would be located in Narumoru, Sholinge area near Kiserian, Kenya. The object of the project is to improve the health and welfare of this impoverished community which includes 250 widows and children. There are an additional 2,000 individuals in the surrounding area who would have access to the water at a reduced rate than what is otherwise available. This will provide a small income to the widows to help maintain the well to provide for sustainability of the project and would give better access to water for the rest of the community.
  • Expected Start Date: 9/1/2015
  • Expected End Date: 3/1/2016
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 2250
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Many of the widows and children in this area have compromised immune systems. For their medication to be effective they need good nutrition. During the rainy seasons (1 month in the spring and fall) their crops do well but drought is often an issue. No rain means no crops. No crops means no food. No food means the medication is not effective - which can quickly lead to death. The well will also provide a means for better hygiene and sanitation, as water is too scarce to spare for those purposes during the dry seasons. The widows and children in this area must currently walk 1 mile each way for water - if they can afford to purchase it. They must often choose between water and food. If they can't afford to purchase water they will use water from a local stream (which is often dry) increasing illnesses from water born diseases. The well would provide clean water to them (approximately 250 widows and children in the immediate vicinity) along with free water access for an additional 200 widows and children served by Well of Hope in other areas. In addition it would provide clean water to approximately 2000 individuals and their livestock in the surrounding community.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 25
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Although Rotarians will not be digging the well, they will need to raise funds to match the grant. This is done through the various projects throughout the year. The Kenyan Rotary Club will oversee the operations and provide monthly reports. Local Rotarians have gone to this area of Kenya in the past and have been involved in helping these women walk to get water, have listened to their heartfelt pleas and fully understand the need. Local Rotarians are again going in August of 2015 and a trip is also planned for 2016 so the progress and benefit can be documented first hand.

    *Two other clubs have expressed interest in this project but they were unable to meet with their boards/membership before the 5/31 deadline)
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The Rotary team will have their picture taken with the Kenyan Rotary Club in August during their visit to announce the project. This will then be put in the local paper. A Rotary Plaque will be made and attached to the well once completed. The visiting Rotarians next year and the Kenyan Rotarians will have their picture taken at the site with the widows and children and the picture will be put in the local Harrisonburg and Kenyan paper showing the completed project.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Ongata Rongai Rotary Club, Kenya
    Well of Hope, NGO, Kiserian, Kenya
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Signed participation letter20150528_09463743.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See attached Budget
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee attached Budget
  • Budget Upload: Copy of K- DCG2015-Budget-Template-4.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Lynn M. Diveley, Harrisonburg Rotary Club
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: Past-President, GSE/Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee
  • Primary Contact Email: diveley@ntelos.net
  • Primary Contact Phone: 540-292-2276
  • Financial Contact Name: Bob Grogg
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer-Harrisonburg Rotary Club
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    121 Grouse Dr.
    McGaheysville, VA 22840
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  • Financial Contact Email: rlgrogg@gmail.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 540-289-9894
  • Project Authorization Form: All Signed collaborative grant formst20150528_09430371.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: Water Borehole Proposal 15052820150528_11070044.pdf