Teaneck Rotary will undertake major Caribbean island projects

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 TEANECK SUBURBANITE

The Rotary Club of Teaneck will undertake two humanitarian projects in the Caribbean Islands this year, one for bio-sand filters to provide clean water to families in Haiti, and the other to purchase furniture for a school in Antigua and Barbuda.

To launch these projects, Teaneck Rotary Club will host a major fundraising event, a Harvest Ball, on Friday, Sept. 27, at the Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe. The event will begin with entertainment by a Caribbean steel pan during the reception hour at 7 p.m., followed by dinner and dancing. A portion of the funds will also be used for various local projects, including The Teaneck Helping Hands Food Pantry, The Teaneck Ambulance Corps, and more.

The innovative bio-sand filters for Haiti purify water through a series of layers of sand and gravel. They contain no breakable working parts, are inexpensive to make, and each filter can provide 15 people with clean water for 20 years. Currently being provided to locations throughout the world by various Rotary clubs, the design simplicity makes it possible to manufacture locally, providing jobs as well as water. A plant has already been established in the Dominican Republic through the efforts of the Rotary Club of the Palisades, and their expertise has been offered to Teaneck to make the Haiti project possible.

Although Antigua and Barbuda are famous for world-class resorts and magnificent beaches where tourists go wind-surfing and snorkeling, little is known about the poverty of locals. Basics like school furniture, that we take for granted, go to the bottom of the list of priorities in a country where people struggle to provide food, shelter and clothing for their children. Teaneck Rotary has not only identified a school there where desks are a luxury not to be afforded, but also a local company who can manufacture them, again providing jobs for area people. Read more here.

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