Mendham Rotary has now completed the Matching Grant process for the Guatemala Water Filter Project. Although no matching funds were available at the Rotary Foundations, enough funds were collected from other club, the High School International Club's efforts and our District 7470 funding to make the project valuable.  The money for the filters should now be in the hands of the Huehuetenango Rotarians to acquire the filters and distribute them.

Rotary in conjunction with Heart to Heart International ran a Rotary Volunteer trip to Guatemala in November.  Five Rotarians from New Jersey including one from the Mendham club make up a third of the Rotarians nationwide who are participating in this humanitarian trip.

Some pictures are in the Photo Journal on the right.

Also,

Check out this Blog from the Olathe Kansas club for a narrative of the trip:

http://org2009.blogspot.com/




Take a look at this website:

http://guatemalawaterproject.wordpress.com/

http://mayanfamilies-sharon.blogspot.com/2009/10/water-filters-being-distributed-in-pena.html

October 17,
Guatemala Water project Matching Grant Application to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) was approved in August by the District 7470 Foundation Committee.  This was to  give the project matching funds from the TRF for the moneys being donated by Mendham, Bernardsville and Florence OR Rotary Clubs. Unfortunately, The Foundation ran out of funds again this year before being able to support our project.
 
 The host Rotary Club in Guatemala is the Huehuetenango Club in the northeastern part of the country. In addition to Bernardsville Rotary Club's participation, the Florence, Oregon  Rotary Club has also contributed  funds. The West Morris Mendham High School International Club has been successful in raising funds for the this project as well.

Unfortunately, the project will have to run this year without any help from the Foundation. Thankfully, District 7470 still is providing District Designated Funds to help support the effort.

If you would like to find out more about this project and how you can support it, please contact a member of the Mendham Rotary Club.