Eric introduced our own members Ed and Jeff. They both were there to discuss our club’s Palouse Tarakea Future Visions Project (PTFVP), including what’s been done thus far, and they’re working on now along with Chandi and other stakeholders.
Ed first went through the accomplishments of the first project, which started in 2013. This included implementation of rain-water harvesting tanks, regular and emergency electricity to the region, education on water safety and electricity, and funding for construction of a
pregnancy ward. Ed and Jeff both went to Tarakea on two separate occasions, with Ed going with member Barry Johnson mainly to deliver water safety education and associated materials, while Jeff and his son Santos mainly went to deliver education and associated materials about electricity.
After Jeff completed his trip, he was interested in trying to continue helping the people of Tarakea, along with the support of our club, stakeholders such as the Rotary Club of Mkuu Rombo (who we had worked with on the initial project) WSU partnerships, and others. Jeff was especially motivated by a few areas for improvement he saw while there, including the pervasive darkness in classrooms, inability to utilize cellular devices as power is hard to come by, and lack of mobility for water.