"This project is something you can truly feel good about." - Walter Bennett, Club President
(PRWEB) November 21, 2011
The Rotary Club of Huntsville, TX has joined forces with an Austin, TX based organization called Grid Earth to provide solar powered household lamps to the Village of Gracie Rock, Belize. Gracie Rock is a small scenic village located on the banks of the Sibun River near the Pecarry Hills of Belize; its inhabitants have traditionally hunted and lived off the land. Currently, the village uses harmful kerosene for lighting. The use of kerosene for home lighting results in over 1 million deaths every year, countless burn injuries, respiratory illnesses, asphyxia, and visual impairment.
With the generosity of The Rotary Club of Huntsville, TX, Grid Earth will now be able to help provide solar powered lighting to decrease the village’s dependence on kerosene.
Grid Earth (http://www.gridearth.org) is a non-profit organization that provides safe solar powered household lamps to underdeveloped villages at no cost. Solar powered lighting helps provide a safer environment, decrease burns and suffocation, and provides educational opportunities for children. Studying and reading at night is very difficult by kerosene. It only provides 1/30th the amount of light recommended for reading. The solar powered lamps Grid Earth provides will sufficiently light up a 10’ x 10’ room.
Rotarians strive for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. International Service Projects are designed to meet the humanitarian needs of people in many lands, with particular emphasis on the most underprivileged children and families in developing countries.
The trip to Belize to provide the solar powered lamps will happen this December.