Rotary Club of St. Maarten donates coolers to public schools

POSTED: 04/15/11 12:22 PM

St. Maarten – The Rotary Club of St. Maarten donated water fountains and filters to four primary schools on Wednesday as part of the club’s lunch meeting. The donation was made possible because of a contribution by Ace/Liteline.

The club donated the fountains as part of the observance of World Water Day on March 22. Rotary International and USAID launched the International H2O Collaboration, on that day in 2009 to implement long-term, sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene projects in the developing world.  The project was not on the original list of goals for the 2010-2011 Rotary year, but as members distributed dictionaries to third grade students the club’s international director Manoj Alwani observed a need for clean cool water at several primary schools. Based on this observation the club decided to act and contacted the management of as partners in this clean water project for St. Maarten.

“While we did not make it for March 22 – World Water Day -, we did make it for April 13. There are sixteen public/subsidized primary schools on St. Maarten, but today we kick off the distribution of the water fountains with the help of Ace/Liteline and present to the Oranje School, Ruby Labega School, Charles Leopold Bell School and the Prins Willem Alexander school, each a water fountain and filters. We start today with four, we hope that Ace/Liteline will continue with their generosity and that other citizens corporate or otherwise will join the Rotary Club of St. Maarten in bringing more cool clean drinking water to our children. As we obtain more water fountains the primary schools will be contacted” the club’s community service director of Maria Buncamper-Molanus said.

Sami Yousef, who represented Ace/Liteline at the handover, confirmed his commitment to supporting projects beneficial to the community of St. Maarten and acting head of the Public Education Services Glenderlin Davis Holiday expressed her appreciation for the much needed donation of the water fountains by Ace/Liteline and Rotary on behalf of the schools. Alwani and Treasurer Fred Fleming were also thanked for their important role in making this project a reality.

“There is so much more to be done,” Buncamper-Molanus said as she highlighted the club’s 2010-2011 slogan “Building Communities Bridges Continents”.


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