Posted on Dec 06, 2019
Kevin Gritters, left, Mark De Haan right.Two of Rotary International’s global projects are the eradication of polio worldwide and providing clean water and improving sanitary conditions in third world countries.  The Comstock Park Rotary Club has supported both these projects, giving annually to the Polio fund, and being involved in several clean water projects throughout the years.  In addition to raising funds for water filters, in 2013 our club sent representatives and helped a team of El Salvador Rotarians install a water well for residents in a small community near Aca Jutla, El Salvador.  
On Thursday, December 5th, the guest speaker at our weekly meeting was Mark De Haan, a civil engineer with the engineering firm Prein & Newhof.  Mark was there as a representative of the American Water Works Association, an international non-profit, scientific and educational association founded to improve water quality and supply across the globe.  In partnership with other non-profits, one of their missions is to build a well, provide clean water, and provide sanitary education to a community in Ecuador.  While the cost of this project would exceed $100,000, Mark De Haan was hoping to partner with Rotary organizations in order to raise  18,600 to pay for pumps.