Enfield Rotary Club President Derek Meade presents a check for $2,500 to Zoe Kopp, a representative of Behrhorst Partners for Development, a non-profit organization (NPO) involved in numerous community improvement projects in Guatemala. Enfield joined 28 other Rotary Clubs in raising funds for a project that will bring fresh drinking water to two communities. Click below to read more.


The Enfield Rotary Club joined 28 other Rotary Clubs * in northern CT and Western MA (Rotary District 7890) to fund a project that will bring fresh drinking water to two needy communities in Guatemala. The clubs raised a total of $100,610. These funds will build a complete gravity fed water system with gray water filters, vented pit latrines and improved vented stoves for the 240 families (1,200 people) that live in the rural communities of Chuacacay and El Llano, Guatemala.

* Clubs participating in this water project include Avon-Canton, Bloomfield, Broad Brook, Danielson, East Hartford, East Windsor, Enfield, Farmington, Kensington-Berlin, Manchester, Newington, New Britain-Berlin, Plainfield,  Rockville, Salisbury, Southington, Torrington, Watertown, Wethersfield/Rocky Hill, Willimantic and Windsor/Windsor Locks, CT along with clubs in Holyoke, Ludlow, Palmer, Southwick, Tri-Town, West Springfield and Wilbraham/Hampden, Massachusetts.  

District Water Committee Chair and Manchester Rotarian Rick Lawrence again spearheaded the drive to raise the necessary funds. The project’s implementation will be coordinated through the host partner, the Rotary Club of La Antigua, Guatemala and its cooperating partner, Behrhorst Partners for Development (BPD), a non-profit organization (NPO) with ties to over 60 communities in Guatemala. Behrhorst helps train community-chosen people in hygiene and maintenance of the water system components.


PHOTO: At a recent meeting of the Manchester Rotary Club representatives from clubs contributing to the Chuacacay and El Llano, Guatemala water projects are (front row behind check l-r): District 7890 Governor Michael Barnett; Maria Bogdanski – Kensington-Berlin; Zoe Kopp – BPD Past Vice President; Lisa-Barall Matt – Avon-Canton; seated Bobbi Mazurek – Broad Brook. Also, (back row l-r): District 7890 Grants Chair Don Chandler; Tom Accomando – Holyoke, MA; Kate Sims – Manchester; Olivia Martino – Berlin H. S. Interact Club; Danielle Varley - Berlin H. S. Interact Club; Derek Meade – Enfield; Bob Newbold – Newington; Eric Fahnoe – Bloomfield; Lynn Dobrowsky – Windsor-Windsor Locks; Mike Gorzoch – New Britain-Berlin; Thora Cowperthwaite – Rockville; Manchester Rotarian & Project Chair Rick Lawrence.