© Geraldine Brophy
Rotary Club of Humber member Gloria Piercey gives a presentation on its partnership with a water project in Nepal on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Greenwood Inn and Suites.
CORNER BROOK — The Humber Rotary Club in Corner Brook is extending its outreach internationally for the first time.
Just a small club, its primary focus has always been on specific community ventures, but there is a certain pride among the Rotarians in the $2,000 contribution to a joint water project venture in Nepal.
“It reaches your heart to know that you are helping somebody that you don’t even know,” said Rotarian Gloria Piercey, who provided her fellow club members with an overview of international projects happening in Nepal.
The project — a combined effort of clubs in Australia, Kentville, N.S. and the Corner Brook members — will include the construction of a water storage tank and a water purification and distribution system delivering water to a school with 700 students, a medical clinic and 155 houses.
The community in the Handikhola district of Nepal has a derelict water system containing 32 taps located throughout the village — not within the homes — of which only 12 were working. The water is only available from August to December.
The project — valued at about $70,000 (US) — was expected to start in December, although the local club has yet to receive confirmation that it began, and would take about six months to complete.
“When you think of how you wake up some morning and you hear the water is shut off for a few hours in Corner Brook, and in certain streets there is a lot of panic,” Rotarian John Brothers said during the presentation. “Well, think of people who don’t have water at all. It is hard to do.”
Piercey acknowledges the club’s contribution to the overall project was small, but said it is a starting point for the club in its international outreach.
“Every little bit counts,” she said. “Especially in these countries that are without.”