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Rotary Club of Lebanon Plans “Flavors of Africa” Benefit Event
November 17 for Clean Water in Ghana … One Well at a Time
By Betsey Child, Rotary Club of Lebanon
Women wash clothes in “IT”. Children swim and play in “IT”. Cattle defecate in and drink from “IT”. People walk miles to get containers filled with “IT” to be used for drinking and cooking. We wouldn’t be caught even wading in “IT”!
The “IT” is contaminated water throughout much of Africa! Once it was figured out that “IT” was the cause of many horrible diseases, one being the Guinea Worm Disease, Rotary Clubs world-wide partnered with Rotary Clubs in Ghana, to work on projects that would bring clean water to people.
In February, 2014, two members of the Rotary Club of Lebanon, Steve Usle and Bill Babineau, will join members of several other clubs from Virginia and South and North Carolina, and visit Ghana for two weeks. This team will visit Kumasi, Sunyani, Bolgatanga and Tamale Rotary Clubs to provide on-going support to those who oversee the drilling, building and using of these water projects.
This trip will be led by Walter Hughes of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia, who passionately provides clean water to over 250,000 people in communities with the highest incidence of Guinea worm disease in Ghana and South Sudan. He leads a partnership of 80 Rotary Clubs from Switzerland, Ghana, South Sudan, 18 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. The end of Guinea worm disease in Ghana was celebrated in 2011 (the last case of Guinea worm disease was found in May 2010) due in part to the clean water projects. But, it is still found in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Mali and Chad.
In support of this clean water endeavor, the Rotary Club of Lebanon is presenting a benefit event called “Flavors of Africa” on Sunday, November 17, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, Vermont.
One “flavor” will be unique hors d’oeuvres using genuine African recipes prepared by Coventry Catering of White River Junction, with family ties to Africa. Another “flavor” will highlight African culture through displays and photographs. An important “flavor” of Africa is its music, and Hafiz Shabazz, master drummer, Dartmouth’s Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, and Director of the World Music Percussion Ensemble, will present a live demonstration of his music. He has studied at the University of Ghana.
A huge “flavor” of Africa is the artistic talent of the people. Products of Africa will be on display and for sale, such as colorful hand-woven baskets by women of Zimbabwe, thanks to the Zienzele Foundation headed by Jim and Nancy Clark of West Topsham, Vermont. Jim is a past member of the Lebanon Rotary Club.
Other “flavors” of Africa will be on display, so come and sample some of the reasons why Rotary is so passionate about continuing its involvement of enhancing the quality of life in Ghana by bringing clean water to as many people as possible.
Space at the event is limited to 150 people. Tickets are $30 per person, and should be purchased prior to the event. For further information or to purchase tickets, please call Betsey Child at 603-632-9307.
So, the next time you turn on your faucet and take it for granted that pure, clean, water will flow out, remember that a large part of the world does not enjoy this “gift”. Please join Rotary in helping reach its goal of seeing the day when all of the world community can take having clean water for granted!
The Rotary Club of Lebanon was established in 1923 and remains a charitable, non-profit organization of business and professional people who donate their time, money and talents to humanitarian and community service. For more information about our club, visit www.rotarylebanonnh.org.
Whether in our town or our world, we are heavily involved in the projects that will change for the better many aspects of life around us.