Maple Valley Rotary Finishes Another Great Year
By Sandra Hixson-Matthews
It’s been a great year for the Rotary Club of Maple Valley. Sean Henderson finished his year with a donation to the Burundi BioSand Water Filter training program. He presented the check to Seconde Nimenya after her presentation to the club at Friday’s meeting. Seconde was born and raised in Burundi, Africa where education is only available for those who can afford to pay for it, including elementary education. She was fortunate to have extended family members who could sponsor her and she did not take this for granted. She went on to college and holds an MBA. Committed to giving back and helping in their home country, Seconde and her husband Chalver are now working with a non-profit that trains people on how to make and install BioSand water filter systems. Once educated, those who need clean water can build the filters, sell them, and train the purchasers in their use. The Nimenyas will be going to Burmundi next month with Friendly Water for the World to conduct a training program. Seconde is an author and a Rotarian with the Mukeltio club. Her book, Evolving Through Adversity, can be ordered through her website of the same name or through Amazon.com. If you are interested in the water project, go to www.friendlywaterfortheworld.com. Recognizing the positive impact of early education in developing countries, for over 12 years Maple Valley Rotary has been giving scholarships to elementary age students in Cameroon, Africa.