HUMANITARIAN PROJECT, THROUGH A UNIQUE COLLABORATION BETWEEN FLEMISH, DUTCH AND MALGACHE NGO’S, THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT AND ROTARY
Rotary Club Brussel Cantersteen wants to realise its ambition as an international club aiming to attract the international community in Brussels. Participating in a large international project for drinking water and sanitation equipment is one of the consequences.
Since the beginning of 2008 a large collaboration has been set up to help the people of the poorest districts of Tamatave (Toamasina).Tamatave is the second town and major harbour in the north-east of Madagascar with 270.000 inhabitants.
The lack of access to drinking water and sanitation is the major cause for the tremendous high death rate of the population.
The project is based on sustainable development with a large implication on the local community and authority. It will be realised during 2009-2010 and wants to create access to drinking water for 2.000 persons and sanitation for 300 families and several schools. The global budget of this project is estimated at EUR 190.000. After this period a larger project targeting 50.000 persons, could be considered in 2011, after evaluation of the actual project.
This project is a model of a large international collaboration. The Belgian ngo PROTOS with 30 years of experience, works together with the Dutch ngo ICCO and with the Malgache ngo Frères de Saint Gabriel. These ngo’s have a large experience in water projects, having worked together in many places.
Large support is given by the Flemish government (Minister Crevits) through the department of Environment, Nature and Energy and more in particular in the framework of the program 'Vlaams Partnerschap Water voor Ontwikkeling'. The Flemish Water Distribution Company (Vlaamse Maatschappij voor Watervoorziening) gives financial support, and will send experts to the place of the project.
RC Brussel Cantersteen takes the lead of the international Rotary collaboration, working together with RC Tamatave and the Dutch RC Almere-Weerwater. Both Rotary districts 2170 in Belgium and 1570 in The Netherlands decided to support the project and RC Brussel Cantersteen, together with its district introduced a file at the Rotary Foundation in Evanston, USA, to obtain the famous matching grants making Rotary efforts more effective. Several friends of RC Brussel Cantersteen have been given financial support to the project.
Update: In the mean time we have received a positive reaction from the Rotary Foundation and obtained the matching grant!
Guy Liagre, first and past president of RC Brussel Cantersteen, visited Tamatave during the end of October 2008. The Rotary effort will be dedicated to the fabrication and installation of three types of latrines adapted to the local situation. For more information, please contact Luc Daems, past president of RC Brussel Cantersteen and president of the International Commission.
Update - October 2009: Document
Update - February 2010:
Rotary Brussels-Cantersteen is also member of the Ex-Change organisation.
Ex-change has been helpfull in establishing the business plan of SANITEC, a Malgache social enterprise in Tamatave, created for the production of latrines, that are also used in the project for the 2 poorest districts of the city, in which Rotary Brussels-Cantersteen participates, together with the Rotaryclubs of Tamatave and Almere-Weerwater (Holland), several NGO's (Protos and FSG), the Flemish Government, and The Flemish Company for Water Distribution (VMW).
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We thank for their support :
The Flemish Government
The Flemish Water Distribution Company
The ngo PROTOS
The ngo ICCO & IMPULSIS
Rotary Districts 1570 and 2170
Eric Deckers, President of RC Antwerpen-Schelde
Prof. Alain Verbeke, Greenille (Brussels, Antwerp & Rotterdam)