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Based on a talk I gave to RC Addis Ababa West last week

Based on a talk I gave to RC Addis Ababa West last week

RC Addis Ababa West is our partner and the Host Club for a Global Grant that respresnts a special, powerful and in some ways very different kind of water project than Rotary normally undertakes.  I am fortuitously here in Ethiopia to celebrate an important milestone…

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Visiting Existing Splash Sites and Some Potential Sites for This Project

Visiting Existing Splash Sites and Some Potential Sites for This Project

My first day with Dawit and Splash staff was spent in part visiting existing schools and feeding centers already using a splash installed clean water, including drinking and hand washing stations.   A Splash filter system and drinking stations In order to have a successful…

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Problems with New Water Stations

Problems with New Water Stations

My first school visit was not encouraging. Three cheers to Dawit and staff for sharing problems up front. In meeting with Principal, he stressed that the water had been visibly dirty on and off before receiving a system from Splash. Unfortunately the site has been…

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Welcome to Ethiopia

Welcome to Ethiopia

  Not long after arriving in Addis Ababa, Chloe and I hired a driver to see some wildlife and experience the near countryside in Woliso. Driving out of the city center, I was amazed how the splendor of the African Union Building stands side by…

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The Inspiration for an Inspirational Meeting

The Inspiration for an Inspirational Meeting

  from NEVER MIND TWENTY POEMS AND A STORY By TAHA MUHAMMAD ALI Translated from Arabic by Peter Cole www.ibiseditions.com   TWIGS Neither music fame nor wealth, not even poetry itself, could provide consolation for life’s brevity, or the fact that King Lear is a…

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A Thanksgivakah Message

A Thanksgivakah Message

As I sat in Chairman Larry’s warm and gracious home this week, attending a planning meeting of our international service committee, I reflected on what a long and productive journey our club has had in Rotary and in Service. While Thanksgiving celebrates a historic but…

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Wow, what a great night!

Wow, what a great night!

Thanks to all of you my dear, dear  companions in this journey. Not only did we create a fun night, inspiring and entertaining for all concerned, but we also raised the most funds ever for our philanthropic aspirations.  We raised over $17,000 gross! Here’s a sample of what worked:…

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Uganda – Day 7: All Good Things Must Come to an End

Uganda – Day 7: All Good Things Must Come to an End

We hit the road for Kampala in the morning, pleased to be taking a route that had more paved roads than the one we took out via Jinja (we are now quite familiar with the “African Massage” – or having our marbles bumped and shaken…

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Uganda – Day 6: Soroti Secondary School, Soroti Hospital and How I was a Pharmacist for the day at a Malaria Intervention/Medical Camp

Uganda – Day 6: Soroti Secondary School, Soroti Hospital and How I was a Pharmacist for the day at a Malaria Intervention/Medical Camp

We made up for our lack of community service yesterday on Thursday. First stop was the Soroti Secondary School, a boarding school which Pilgrim founded in the early 2000s to provide for children who had been kidnapped by the Lord’s Revolutionary Army, many of whom…

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Uganda – Day 5: on to Soroti

Uganda – Day 5: on to Soroti

I’ll be honest. I can’t remember much of this day – I know we spent a total of about 10 hours on a bus from Kampala to Soroti, so perhaps that was about it. Yes, yes, that’s definitely the case. Plus a stop for lunch…

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