On Tuesday, February 15, 2020, Rick and Silvia Moore presented a travelogue of their recent trip to Guatemala visiting Rotary Projects with Maya Pedal and Sustainable Global Coalition.  The Coalition is comprised of 11 of the District’s 40 clubs, principally from Northwest Montana.  The trip began with a Rotary Project Fair in Antigua, a UNESCO Heritage site, with narrow streets and courtyard type architecture.  From there Rick and Silvia visited Corrales along with Dave Renfoe to observe several Maya Pedal projects including a corn cobber, water filter, and blender.  The next stop was Mission Santo Tomas la Union to view Carrol College Engineers Without Borders water project. This was followed by Mazatenango, a rather unsafe city of 40,000 where they had a chance to meet with a host Rotary Club.  Rick and Silvia then visited 3 projects that the District’s coalition has been involved in.  All involved community drinking water projects and leveraging funding.  The first was El Progresso, a community of 240 individuals relocated from the Highlands after the Civil War.  The project included a well, pump, and chlorination at a cost of $62,000.  The club’s portion was $17,000.  The next stop was the village of Pasac, with an organic coffee cooperative.  The Kootenai Valley Club put up $31,000 and leveraged the remaining $60,000 towards upgrading an antiquated water system, including 4 kilometers of piping.  The last stop was La Vega, a town of 1,340 residents.  The Rotary Club of Kalispell is proposing a two-phase project, the first of which is $315,000.  To-date, they have garnered $268,000.  Thank you Rick and Silvia!
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