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Hy-Vee donates to Nepali well

Connection between Rotary clubs in Nepal, Fairfield leads to $41,303 donation
By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Jun 29, 2018
Photo by: ANDY HALLMAN/Ledger photo Fairfield Rotarian Doug Flournoy, left, accepts a check for $41,303 from Fairfield Hy-Vee store director Lindsey Flanigan during the club’s meeting June 22. The money will go toward supplying drinking water for a town in Nepal.

Fairfield Hy-Vee Food Store is donating $41,303 to the Rotary Club of Fairfield to help establish a well in Nepal.

The well will bring clean water to thousands of people who live in the growing town of Jaluke, population 10,000. The funding comes from the Hy-Vee One Step Program, which uses a portion of the proceeds from the sale of earth-friendly, everyday products to benefit local and worldwide charitable causes.

Hy-Vee’s gift, which comes from its Hy-Vee bottled water sales, will be matched at 50 cents on the dollar by The Rotary Foundation, meaning the total contribution will be more than $62,000. The well project is being overseen by an international partnership with the Rotary Club of Narayani Mid Town in Nepal.

“Hy-Vee aims to help with meaningful projects in our communities and beyond,” said Fairfield Hy-Vee store director Lindsey Flanigan. “This partnership is a terrific way for Iowans to help bring safe, sufficient drinking water to a community that can greatly benefit from the well, its distribution system and the public bathrooms the project will help provide.”

Doug Flournoy, a member of the Rotary Club of Fairfield who wrote the grant for the project, said Hy-Vee is helping not only to meet a humanitarian need, but also build better relationships with countries across the world.

“I’m grateful to Hy-Vee for providing this opportunity for funding, and to work on a project like this in a community where people do not have clean water, which is such a fundamental need,” said Flournoy. “If you can make water available, then health care and education often follow.”


Why Nepal?

The well project is being overseen by an international partnership with the Rotary Club of Narayani Mid Town in Nepal. It just so happens that a member of that Rotary Club moved to town 11 years ago and joined Fairfield’s chapter.

Naya Raj Baral was one of the charter members of the Narayani Mid Town Rotary Club. When he came to Maharishi University of Management to earn a master’s in business, he visited the local club. Once he got a job here and settled down, he decided to transfer his Rotary membership here, too.

Baral returned to Nepal for a visit in 2009, and learned from his Rotarian friends that an area of the country was suffering from water scarcity. People had to carry water from more than 5 miles away, and the water was barely treated. Baral said people were filtering the water by pouring it through a cloth, which grabbed debris but did nothing to kill bacteria.

Baral informed his club in Fairfield of the situation and the need to drill a well. The new well will replace an existing water supply pipeline that is old, damaged and unreliable. It also will help meet the need of a population that’s expected to grow from about 10,000 to 14,000 people by 2027. The Jaluke project, which includes two bore holes, pumps and a 400,000-liter storage tank, is expected to be completed over the next year.

“The people there are so much happier now,” Baral said.

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