This work illustrates how the Rotary guiding principle of “beneficial to all concerned” has no boundaries:
Early in 2015 Konbit was approached by Sunrise Rotary of Columbus, Indiana members Cindy Green and Henry Malm with the possibility to apply for a grant from the District of Rotary International for a project in Limonade. A matching grant between the Sunrise Rotary Club of Columbus, Indiana and the Rotary District in the amount of $5,000 was secured and was channeled from Konbit to our partner, Children’s Place International (CPI). CPI staff worked to determine the best method for latrine construction and used a Housing Assessment matrix to prioritize recipient clients. CPI provided on the ground assistance for the project. As a result, seven families received traditional cement latrine structures that were constructed by a trusted and experienced mason in Limonade. Families contributed what materials and labor they were able to, and will also be responsible for maintenance and upkeep of the latrines. In April, John Griffieon, Sunrise Rotary of Columbus president, and Cindy Green made the trip to Haiti to meet several of the families and inspect the work. It is expected that as many as 150 people will be able to use the seven latrines where previously there was none available to them. This project is a reality thanks to the recognition of the dire need for latrines by these families, and to the networking and coordination by Konbit, Rotary and CPI to make this project a reality.