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2011 Make a Difference Project


AQUABOX is an official project of  Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland and Rotary International District 1220, managed by its initiators, the Rotary Club of Wirksworth in Derbyshire. England. It is designed for Rotary Clubs around the world and others such as individuals, schools, churches, and community groups to fill with humanitarian aid items selected from a published list.

The Sponsored AQUABOX is used to purify up to 300 gallons of polluted water, making it safe to drink. As an  example, 300 gallons is equal to about 5,000 cups ‐ that is enough for a family of four people (drinking 10 cups per day) for about four months. It also includes humanitarian aid items such as a cooking pot, utensils, plates, bowls, mugs, candles, soap, matches, scissors, bandages, hairbrush and toothbrushes, etc.

In 2011, over 500 AQUABOXES have been purchased for various  humanitarian agencies (e.g., Christian African Relief Trust, Feed The Children, etc.) and shipped to families in Malawi, Liberia, Uganda, Guatemala, and other counties.

Cost:  $52.00

Hydraid Biosands Water Filter for Haiti

Haiti had a water problem long before the earthquake hit in 2010. Now, with much of Haiti's national capitol destroyed, it has become a massive task to rebuild the city and
provide safe water solutions to those in need.  Safe water is a key element of the control of the ongoing cholera
epidemic. The Hydraid® BioSand water filter can filter more than 100 gallons of water each day for up to 10 years, removing parasites,
bacteria, and viruses from contaminated water.

The Thirsting to Serve: A World of Clean Water is a project of The  Rotary District 6290, and with the donations received through other Rotary clubs have placed hundreds of water filters in needed areas of Haiti. The Safe Water Team, with which Thirsting to Serve is affiliated, is working on a project in Haiti which is the next step in providing clean water to people in that country. The Safe Water team is in the process of building a distribution center for the BioSand Water filters to be run by local non‐profit organizations.

The State College Downtown and Evening Rotary Clubs are working with Rotary Clubs across District 7350 and with The Safe Water Team to purchase water filters for families in Haiti.

The State College Downtown Rotary and Evening Rotary Clubs are local project sponsors.

Cost: $100.00

Q‐Drums for Kenya


In impoverished rural areas, clean water is often miles away from the people who need it, leaving them susceptible to waterborne diseases. The Q‐Drum is a simple, user‐friendly solution. The sturdy Q‐Drum holds 13 gallons in a rolling container that eases the burden of transporting safe, potable water.

In Kenya, women and children are charged with the responsibility to provide water for household use. As a result of large amounts of water being carried on their heads over long distances, women and children are often affected by lifelong spinal or neck injuries.  Furthermore, children often attend school late or miss classes to undertake their responsibility, affecting education levels in the country. 


The rolling Q‐Drum water container dramatically reduces injuries caused by carrying water on the head, and will speed up the transportation of the commodity, allowing children to attend classes on time.

The rolling Q‐Drum water container dramatically reduces injuries caused by carrying water on the head, and will speed up the  transportation of the commodity, allowing children to attend classes on time.‐us/product/q‐drum

Cost:  $65.00

Water Bottles for the Yucatan


Living Waters for the World (LWW) is a mission resource of the Synod of Living Waters of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Their goal is to train and equip mission teams to empower local leaders to provide clean water to communities in need across the globe. LWW water systems and related educational programs address the niche in world water provisioning in
which communities have adequate available but contaminated water.

The LWW mission team of the State College Presbyterian Church (SCPC) has successfully installed a clean water filtration system for the community of Pencuyut, Yucatan,
Mexico. They worked with members of the Iglesia Nacional Presbiteriana Emmanuel I (church) to install the filtration system on the grounds of an old convent owned by the church. This project involves teaching the members of the church to set up a business
plan to ensure the long‐term sustainability of the filtration plant for the community.

The plant uses 5 gallon polyethylene (PET) water bottles to distribute clean and safe drinking water to families in the community. The project hopes to be able to expand to provide clean water to more families in nearby communities. While the bottles are not expensive, many families cannot afford to purchase them.

Cost:  $14.00

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