Atlanta Rotary’s charitable ties extend to Kenya through the Safe Water project

One of the Atlanta Rotary Club’s key philanthropic initiatives has been the Safe Water and AIDs Project in Western Kenya.

The Atlanta Rotary has been a leader among 10 different organizations in helping provide safe water, personal hygene products and micro loans to about 600,000 people living near Lake Victoria in Western Kenya.

Rotarian Blaine Kelley said the project’s entire budget is about $5 million, and a third of those dollars have been raised from Atlanta Rotary. (Kelley said they still need to raise “a little more” to meet the goal).

“This program is already saving thousands of lives in Kenya,” Kelley told Rotarians at this Monday’s meeting.

And then he introduced a special guest — Alie Eleved — who is working on the Safe Water project in Kenya. Eleved was on her first trip to the United States, coming to Atlanta to attend an international conference on water with about 2,000 attendees.

Eleved explained the various components of the program, which includes dispensing tablets to clean the water, providing safe storage containers for water and educating people on how changing their behavior (such as not bathing in the same water that they drink) can improve their health.

Eleved concluded her remarks by thanking the Rotarians for making a difference in the lives of so many Kenyans.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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