In 2014 & 2015 our club worked with two other Rotary clubs in Stockholm on one of the first international projects in Myanmar involving Swedish Rotary clubs . Below you will find details of the project which is now completed.
The chosen site
The site chosen was the Care for the Least Orphanage, located in Hna Khan Mway Theik Village, Hlegu Phaunggyi Road, Hlegu city. It is a readily accessible ninety-minute drive from downtown Yangon.
Founded in 2010, CFTL is situated on 45 acres of owned land, which includes a productive 40-acre rice paddy field and a five acre garden. The orphanage is owned by the Myanmar Baptist Federation, and the Founder-Director is ordained Pastor Saw Roger. He has three full-time resident staff, and sixty children and teenagers under his protection. Seven of the children were orphaned by the devastating Nargis Cyclone of May, 2008, which claimed 138,000 human lives in Myanmar alone.
Water was provided by a “validated” producing tube well, at a depth of about 120 feet, producing treatable water. The orphanage is somewhat remote and did not have electricity.
The purpose of the project
To provide the orphanage with clean water all year round by implementing a water purification and management system at a cost of 9,000 USD.
The Project Team
As it is only relatively recently the first Rotary Club in Myanmar has been established it was necessary to find a partner who had experience on working in that country with these kinds of water projects. Thanks to Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar, a Swedish Rotarian who was the Rotary world president in 2005-2006, we were brought into contact with a Rotarian. J. T. Warring, a member of the LA5 Rotary club in Los Angeles. J.T. Warring is a driving force when it comes to implementing water projects in Myanmar. He spends about half the year in Los Angeles and half the year in Myanmar. By June, 2015 he and his LA5 club had completed 42 such projects in Myanmar.
The Swedish side of the project team was led by Ann o. Andersson, Stockholm-Sergel RC with support from Christina Tillfors from Stockholm-Ladugårdslandet RC and Art Kosol from Stockholm-International RC.
All of the funds needed for the project were raised via the very successful “Vandring runt Djurgården” event that took place in April 2015.
After a period of very heavy monsoon rain, the strongest storms in Myanmar for over 100 years, the construction of a water treatment plant, taking and filtering ground water from 120 feet deep, completed in November 2015 when the facility was inaugurated.
The End Result
Now the staff and the children of the orphanage have all year access to clean and safe water for drinking, cooking, staying clean and washing their clothes in. They also have enough excess clean water to water their crops and potentially sell to others in the village. Finally, as part of the installation required an electrical generator to be provided for the water filtration system installed they have access to electricity for the first time!
The photo above shows the newly constructed water tower that was part of the installation.
This slideshow speaks for itself really. An installation and some very happy children who can enjoy the luxury of fresh, clean water on tap every day.