3/10/14
ENACTUS
 
 
The ENACTUS Program.
 
Last Monday we were joined by the Team from ENACTUS of Feather River College.
 Enactus stand for,
Entrepreneurial—having the perspective to see an opportunity and the talent to create value from that opportunity;
Action—the willingness to do something and the commitment to see it through even when the outcome is not guaranteed;
Us—a group of people who see themselves connected in some important way; individuals that are part of a greater whole.
The Group was lead by Team President Brad Marquette and Advisor Amy Schulz.  Also joining them were Amy’s daughter Alicia Bagley, Timothy Kauffman, Lauren Cancilla, Naoki Matsumoto, and Manrupt Sandu.
 
The group discussed their trip to Uganda and their water project there.    They recently  visited the village of Mabare were they collaborated with local villagers on supplying water to the village.  The village already had a water well in place, but the well was two kilometers uphill from the village.  Being so far from the village it would require the women and children to make the daily trek to collect water for usage.  Their plan was to trench 2 km down to the village and run pipe so the villagers would have easier access to that water.  With a team of seven it was no easy task.   The people turned out from Mabare and the neighboring village.  With the 50 plus people they were able to accomplish installing the line to the village in three days.  They installed six taps down the line to provide water for the villagers.  This water project has provided clean water to 700 people.  It has also decreased the children sent to the health officer by 25%.  With the women and children not making the daily 2km hike the women have more time to farm in gardens and provide for their family.  70% of children attend more school than before the projects. 
 
The group has done wonderful things in Uganda.  They are not finished though.  They plan to return in early June.  They will lay an additional one kilometer pipeline to the neighboring village.  The cost of materials to undertake such a project is approximately $1,000.  We will look forward to the group returning to Rotary to tell us of the continued work to provide accessible water to people who need it so much.