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WATER-SURVIVAL BOXES SENT TO SOUTHERN MOZAMBIQUE


By Stella Almond - Posted on 19 May 2013

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AREA AFFECTED EXTENDS FROM LIMPOPO FLOOD PLAIN SOUTH TO CAPITAL CITY OF MAPUTO

Rtn David Grant, Chairman of District 9400 Disaster Relief Committee recently asked for our help to alleviate the flooding disaster that has displaced tens of thousands of families in southern Mozambique. David is a member of the RC of Kayalami in Johannesburg, and his District covers the north east of South Africa, Swaziland, and the southern half of Mozambique. We were able to respond within 12 hours to which he commented ‘This really is Rotary in Action!’

Following confirmation that we could provide a supply of Water-Survival Boxes David travelled to Maputo (the capital city) where he met members of the three local Rotary Clubs, key members of the Mozambique Disaster Relief committee and the UN representative. The consignment of Water-Survival Boxes has arrived in Maputo, been cleared through customs ready for distribution. The Rotary Club of Polana in Maputo is taking the lead on behalf of Rotary and will be working in partnership with the Mozambican Government agency (INGC). The training event involved both key members of the Rotary Club and the INGC Director General and his team.

As flood waters receded many of the displaced families are now able to return to their original areas where their traditional sources of potable water (wells and boreholes) were contaminated by the floodwaters. The WSBs will be used to ensure a means of purifying water until the usual sources can be made safe.

£150 pays for the cost of a standard WSB and £350 a multi-pack of five (water purification kits only) both including the cost of air freight to ensure the boxes get to those in need as quickly as possible. Remember that as a pure Rotary charity all the management of the Water-Survival Box project and the practical work involved in getting boxes packed is done by members of our Rotary Club with hands-on help from other volunteers from Rotary, Inner Wheel and our local schools and community groups. We have no paid employees and every pound donated goes directly to pay for the boxes, contents, our fixed costs and air freight. Donations can be made by cheque to Worldwaterworks Limited and sent to our registered charity office, Westfield Business Centre, Second Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4BH

Hugo Pike PHFDirector of Operations – Worldwaterworks Ltd – www.worldwaterworks.org

PP RC Chelwood Bridge – D1200

 

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