Over 70 new wells are being completed in the Dhaka area of Bangladesh, benefitting over 23,000 people, thanks to a Lincoln rotary club.
Lindum Rotary Club has announced the completion of the major project, which has been made possible thanks to over £40,000 of donations and grants.
Bangladesh has one of the worst environmental problems in the world. Natural arsenic exists in top soil and causes many health problems and even death. The answer is deeper water wells.
Through fundraising, sponsorships and donations from other rotary clubs and rotary charitable grants, the initial project, costing £40,000, was to install 65 water wells in 20 villages, benefitting 20,000 people.
Inspired by the success of the project, the Rotary Club then gained further sponsorship and is supporting a new project for 10 more wells, which will benefit a further 3,000 people.
Lindum Rotary Club President Mike Perridge said: “Although our fundraising and other help is mainly for Lincolnshire projects like the Lincoln Larder Food Bank and St Barnabas Hospice, we are delighted to have helped so many people in Bangladesh who have so little.”
Management of the project by local Bangladeshi Rotary members in executive positions have ensured safeguards against corruption, and a terrific value for money – good water for years to come at only £2 per head.
The club says nothing has been taken for administration and meticulous accounting and auditing was performed.