Life Straw Water-Project

IMG_6485In 2011, our friend Christopher Peterka from RC Köln Ville ran the 2Oceans Marathon as a fundraiser, where he found sponsors for each of the 56 kilometeres. He further asked Rotary Club am Kap to evaluate a number of water education projects, which we eventually found through the Rotary Reach out to Africa initiative – Water and Sanitation, and Safe Water Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Tony Davidson from RC Sea Point.

The Millennium Development Goals call for a reduction of the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water by half between 1990 and 2015. Yet, an estimated 884 million people in the world, 37% of whom live in Sub-Saharan Africa, still use unimproved sources of drinking water. Water borne diseases causing diarrhoea kill more children in Sub-Saharan Africa than HIV/AIDS, measles and malaria combined. Nearly 6,000 people – mainly children – die each day by consuming unsafe drinking water. People ingest water borne parasites and can suffer from chronic parasitic diseases such as bilharzia. Moreover, these chronic diseases cause fatigue, reducing productivity, and therefore have an impact on economic development.

Two years later, on Saturday,  6. June 2013, a group of Rotarians from RC Strand, RC Sea Point and RC am Kap went out to install more that 55 Life Straw water-filters in community called Lebanon, which is located within the Grabouw area, Western Cape, South Africa. Christopher says, “Now the circle is closed – I am very happy that I ran the 2Oceans Marathon in order to raise funds that could be invested into projects that help to improve the live of others. I believe this is what Rotary is all about.”


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