Rotarians Visit Water Project in Nicaragua

RotaryIn May, several Rotary Club members from Colorado traveled to Nicaragua to visit the community of Los Pinares and see firsthand the water project that they helped finance. Mead Rotary Club members Dale Rademacher, his son Greg, Denise Rademacher, her son Andrew, and Nick Sekich and his granddaughter Mariah, from the Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary Club spent a week in the country meeting the various partners involved in the water project, visited the site itself in Los Pinares and even visited the community of Barrio Nuevo where they hope to execute the next water project.

The group had an opportunity to meet and talk with the community members and gain greater understanding of the conditions in which these communities live and the challenges that they face. The food, toys and medicines were well received by all. The group had successful meetings with Agua Para La Vida and the Mayor of San Juan de Río Coco (Barrio Nuevo belongs to the San Juan municipality) as well as with the Rotary Club of Estelí, where they shared a nice dinner and conversation.

Traveling in the midst of tropical storm Agatha didn’t stop the group from reaching these remote communities even as the rains turned the roads in to mud pits. It was certainly an adventure at times, but our experienced drivers got us there and back in one piece! To top off their trip and celebrate its success, the group spent a day in beautiful Granada, walked on the outer rim of Volcán Mombacho and even swam in the crater lake of Lago de Apoyo.