The O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club strives to serve our community through avenues of service for our local community, our youth and the international community. Mike and Mary Jo Nowobilski, of the O’Fallon Sunrise Rotary Club, along with Bob and Alene Holloway, of the Sparta Rotary Club, answered the international challenge with a trip last fall to Embangweni, Malawi in Africa. There, they worked to provide clean water and sanitation to over 7,000 people.
The water and sanitation project is possible due to an $89,000 Rotary International Global Grant. Every local Rotary Club contributes to support these grants and they are executed through clubs in the project’s local area. The Mzuzu Rotary Club in Malawi provided the support for the Nowobilski’s and Holloway’s. The Mzuzu club hosted meetings with local school administrators where the wells and latrines will be built in 40 villages.
Currently, some of these villages have only a shrinking mud hole for their water source and there are only 20 latrines for over 2,000 students in the schools. Consequently, children become sick and die at a young age. Bringing clean water and proper sanitation are essential for these villages. Teachers, students and parents are also trained in health and sanitation practices to prevent disease.
Rotary International President K. R. Ravindran has asked each Rotarian to be a “Gift to the World.” Mike and Mary Jo are great examples from O’Fallon living this motto.