Students from Acsenda School of Management turned up for the Rotary Club of Vancouver Yaletown’s “Bowling for Kenya” tournament to help raise funds that will provide a water harvesting system for the schoolchildren of Nakurto Lukuny Primary School in rural Kenya. At least 70 people were present in the event.
Acsenda students formed two teams that participated in the bowling tournament and raised CA$1,000 for the Rotary Yaletown Water Project for Kenya which will install large capacity water collection and storage systems.
The water project sought to address the lack of clean, potable water in the Suswa region of Kenya where homes do not have water systems and villagers collect water from nearby ponds and ditches in the dry season. Women and children will often walk 20-kilometre return trips just to collect water of poor quality. Additionally, water from borehole wells in Suswa contains high levels of fluoride, which is not safe for human consumption. Nearly half of the wells have been abandoned within 12 months of installation due to the inability to maintain them.
Through the Rotary Foundation, a public charity that transforms donations into matching funds for service projects, this project will qualify for both Rotary District and Global matching grants which would ultimately turn every CA$1.00 raised into CA$3.50 worth of project funds.
Construction is expected to begin before the end of December, and the school will soon have a sustainable water supply.
The participation of Acsenda students is part of the institution’s initiative for its students to be socially-engaged. “Acsenda School of Management sees this as an opportunity for student engagement and networking with various professional sectors, in which clubs like the Rotary are composed of. We see the need for our students to transition and assimilate easily into a new environment and culture by gaining more exposure into the dynamics of Canadian society aside from supporting a good cause like the water project for primary schoolchildren,” says Acsenda President Neil Mort.
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