Thank You for Supporting the Atlas Mountains Project

Dear Rotarians,
I wanted to thank you for being part of our Atlas Mountains project.  The Reubens for Rotary party was a tremendous success.  We had about 140 attendees and raised over $16K for our project.  I am just thrilled with the support. I hope you had a good time and some good food.
Now we’re moving onto to the work in Morocco.  We are working closely with Corps Africa-Morocco, which is the group founded by Liz Fanning, who spoke at our event.  One of the Corps-Africa personnel will be traveling to my old village next week in the province of Ouarzazate.  He will do a site assessment and learn the current status of the drinking water situation there.  We will evaluate a number of different options for drinking water improvement projects there, including the potential installation of a SunSpring purification system there (in tandem with Jon Kaufman of H2OpenDoors, who also spoke at the event).  And I’ll be reconnecting with my Berber family after 20 years, which is neat on a personal level.

Additionally, Corps Africa has existing projects on-going near the Marrakesh area.  There are three volunteers currently stationed in the High Atlas Mountains outside Marrakesh.  One of those Corps Africa sites is the village of Tizi Zeguaght, which is the service site for Mourad Adbdennebi, who joined our party from Morocco via the Periscope app.  We collected water samples from his village the other week and are waiting on laboratory analyses to determine an appropriate project there.  We will also be evaluating project proposals from the volunteers who are currently stationed there, as those proposals are submitted later this summer.

The Rotary Club of Marrakesh will also be participating in these projects as we move forward.

Thank you again for your support, and stand by for more updates.  If you by chance have plans to travel to Morocco, let me know and I’d be glad to offer some suggestions.

Sincerely,
Steve Carlson

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