A local Lions Club donated $900 to help countries with unsafe water conditions.
At a recent meeting of the Tollesboro Lions Club, the membership was met by guest speaker Mackdell R. Long, the secretary of the Russellville Lions Club about participation in an important project known as Water With Blessings.
The topic covered how Lions Clubs in Kentucky can assist with providing clean, potable water to less fortunate persons in Nepal and other countries throughout the world.
The Water With Blessings project works to provide safe clean drinking water in a number of poor countries where water is available by means of ponds, creeks, streams, and wells as well as areas where the water is bacteria-laden and where consumption cause significant health problems.
Headquartered in Middletown, the organization has been providing filters to areas in need since 2008 and has distributed more than 60,000 filters in more than 45 countries in the past 10 years, mostly by cooperation with missionaries and church organizations.
The World Health Organization estimates approximately 2 million persons die annually due to unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Club members decided to get involved in providing safe water for these underprivileged countries after a member of the organization visited and spoke about how he had gone on mission trips, often to Nepal, and saw the impact of unclean water and health in these areas.
The Tollesboro Lions Club quickly rose to the call and presented an immediate donation of $900, enough to provide 15 filtration systems.
The Tollesboro Lions Club funds will be utilized in cooperation with a Lions Club in Nepal to ensure that these systems reach needy families in Nepal, but also to ensure that proper training can be provided in order to most efficiently clean the water and maintain the filters.
Each filter is reusable and can be reused and can last a lifetime if maintained properly, providing an adequate source of clean, safe, potable drinking water to a family or even a small neighborhood.
The Lions Club International is an organization with more than 1.35 million members worldwide throughout 46,000 clubs in over 200 countries.
The Tollesboro Lions Club was chartered in 1954 and currently has 26 members.