The Rotary Club of Fishers Indiana in the United States of America have raise some one hundred and fifty thousand dollars to complete the building of one hundred wells in Sierra Leone by the year 2011.
The fund raising which was graced by two Past Presidents of Rotary Freetown Adonis Aboud and Christo Forster was staged on the 17 April 2010.
People were reportedly moved to give after they had been shown of short film of how women and children struggled to get clean drinking water in Northern Sierra Leone.
After the film by George Wiley titled “Living Well in Sierra Leone. Water is Life.”
People donated the huge sum of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. By rule Rotary International matches or puts up the same amount of money donated in any of its fund raising events. In this case Rotary International has matched the one hundred and fifty thousand dollars with an equal sum to bring the total amount to a little over three hundred thousand dollars ($301,647.66).
This amount will now go to construct an additional 71 wells according to Rotary’s Assistant district Governor Adonis Aboud. Already some 20 wells have been constructed in the Tonkolili district. The 100 wells are expected to be finished by 2011.
Adonis Aboud says if they can finish 50 wells by the 50th Independence anniversary then that would be a good thing.
Speaking, Assistant District Governor Adonis Aboud said “There is so much at stake in the pursuant of this laudable project of WATER IS LIFE, because there is so much need for clean safe water in the hinterland of Sierra Leone. There is so much opportunity to make a difference and so much hope by the people of the country for a better life.” He endeared the other Rotarians “to make the little circle in which we live better and happier” and thanked the Rotary Club of Fishers Indiana saying “ten thousand people now have a chance at a better life” because of their sacrifice and love WATER IS NOW LIFE CHANGING IN SIERRA LEONE.
Rotarian Past President Christo Forster read the greetings from President Koroma.