Water well for Burkina Faso, West Africa

Rotary club presents contribution for African water well

On a visit to her birthplace in Burkina Faso, West Africa, Dieneba Soma noticed that what passed for a village school was simply a piece of ground.  No sides or roof to shelter from rain or wind.  Dieneba, an Evanston resident since 1997, decided that a new school building would stand on that spot.  With the financial help of individuals and her Rotary Club, and with the labor of the villagers of Napenkara, the building was built.

This month Dieneba will return to oversee the drilling of a water well. Currently water is carried in, mostly by hand and head held jugs, from 1 to 2 miles away.  Soon the children and residents of that far away village will have safe water for drinking and sanitation near their homes.

Going forward, Dieneba has created a not-for-profit organization, Future for Faso Children, to raise funds to build more sturdy school buildings and provide safe drinking water for other villages in the area.

Dieneba Soma teaches at the French School in Chicago, and is an active member of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club.  The ELRC meets Tuesdays from 7:15 to 8:30 am at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1818 Maple Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201, for breakfast and  a speaker.  Membership is open to service oriented residents and workers of the area.  Guests are welcome to attend the meetings.  To learn more about the club’s schedule of breakfast programs and its charitable and service programs, visit www.evlrc.org.

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