NEWARK – The Rotary Club of Newark is partnering with Living Waters for the World to bring clean water, sanitation and economic development to the rural community of Tabi in Quintana Roo, Mexico.
This is not the first water project for Newark Rotary in this region of YucatÃ¡n. In 2012, Newark Rotarians partnered with the Rotary Club of Chetumal, using a global grant to set up a water purification plant in Luis Echeverria. In addition, Newark Rotarians were part of the team to set up an LWW water plant in Cedralito in 2011 and most recently in Limones in 2018. For the past four years, the club de Newark helped Rotarians in Valladolid install purified water fountains in rural schools.
This time, Newark Rotary and LWW are partnering with the local Tabi Ejido, the organization of farmers or foresters who have received land from the Mexican government for community use. A working agreement was signed in November establishing the responsibilities of a partnership with this forest community of around 500 people. Newark Rotary raises most of the money for building materials related to the water plant and an adjoining bathroom. The Ejiditarios and others in the community will provide the manual labor.
A team of Rotarians and Presbyterians from the Geneva Rectory and the Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, Florida has formed. Members trained at LWW’s Clean Water U, and the next phase of fundraising will begin this month. ‘Buy a Part’ will provide anyone with the opportunity to support the project by purchasing one or more pieces of system equipment or water bottles that will be installed in the water plant during a trip in February 2022. .
The fundraiser, offered on the popular 32auctions website, will run until August 14. This is not an auction, but a âbuy it nowâ price tag. The names of the donors will be placed on each piece purchased during the installation trip.