When Dave Feller first heard Venu Rao of the Hollis Brookfield Club talk about his vision for clean water for the urban slums of Bangalore, India last year, Dave knew the members of Hopkinton Rotary would want to take part.  And he was right. Our $5,000 donation to the project, one of the first in District 7870, was instrumental to securing a District match, and then additional monies from the Rotary Foundation.  The $187,500 project is now well underway and will result in the construction of seven water health centers in Bangalore, bringing safe water to over 100,000 people living in the urban slums.
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AG Gerry Youngman is pictured above (third from the left), along with DG Dennis McMahon and his wife, in front of a Water Health Center during a visit to Bangalore last spring.
Seven water health centers (WHCs) will be built in Bangalore, the third largest city in India, with a population of 13 million.   The WHCs will bring clean, affordable water to over 100,000 people.  The project will also include outreach into the local chools, educating students in hygiene and sanitation.  As well, it is estimated that 100 people, many of them women, will be employed in the operation of the WHCs.
In the picture above (that's DG Dennis on the far left), you can see a young boy standing in front of a refill station at the WHC.
This is the largest donation made to an international project by the Hopkinton Rotary in its 20 years of giving to local, regional and global humanitarian efforts.