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Posted: Sunday, September 8, 2013 4:30 am

Rotary Club of Killeen-Heights joins Mexico group to supply clean water

On Aug. 24-15, two Rotary Clubs — Rotary Club of Killeen-Heights and Rotary Club of Matamoros Profesional (Mexico) — came together on a project nearly one year in the making.

The Clean Water Supply Project supplied clean water to more than 50 families in extreme poverty located in Colonia Alborada, a semiurban community of H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Jose Segarra, Michael Keefe and Jim Bondi traveled to Matamoros, Mexico, to meet with their counterparts to view the project that started as a discussion at last year’s Rotary Bi-District Conference in San Marcos. More than 20 family members of the Matamoros suburban community were in attendance during this visit by both clubs.

Funding was obtained through a collaborative effort of multiple Rotary clubs with Rotary Club of Killeen-Heights and Matamoros Profesional as the lead funding clubs. Other clubs participating in the project were Rotary Clubs of Harker Heights, Salado, Copperas Cove and Georgetown-Sun City. The total cost of this project exceeded $22,000 and provided flowing water to approximately 250 family members.

“This visit touched our hearts, seeing the gratitude of so many families in a community that lacked the basic essentials of water and electricity … and seeing the smiles on their faces was especially gratifying,” said Bondi, immediate past president of the Killeen-Heights Rotary.

Immediate Past President Rebeca Porras of Rotary Club of Matamoros Profesional said, “Supplying water into a marginal area became a very important project for our club because we started to see the consequences of the lack of hygiene upon the residents.” The Rotary Club of Matamoros is an all women’s club comprised of 31 members and was activated in 2002. The Rotary Club of Killeen-Heights was activated in 1985 and meets every Friday morning at 7 a.m. at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.

The community work of both clubs has been recognized in their respective districts. Both Clubs are already planning their next projects.

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