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Posted by Steve Mitchell on Jul 14, 2014
Handouts Don't Work
“We believe strongly in a simple idea. Handouts don’t work,” said Tim Prewitt from the International Development Enterprises (iDE), a non-profit citizens group that helps the poorest people in the world, mostly subsistence farmers, become businessmen and women.
“With the support of Rotary, we can empower local markets, which helps small farmers fetch higher prices, creates more jobs, and sustains itself without continued external support,” Prewitt said.
Glenn Malpiede, Chairman of Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary’s International Committee, agreed. He said, “We like what iDE does. They provide training and tools to struggling communities that allow individuals to become local dealers of potable water filtration systems, irrigation equipment, and other materials for subsistence farmers trained by iDE in the latest farming techniques, thereby elevating the entire micro economy to new levels.”
The Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary Club of Estes Park has partnered with the Castle Rock High Noon Rotary Club to support iDE’s efforts to train Farm Business Advisors and trainers in Mozambique. Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary donated $4,000 to iDE last year and $2,000 this year. This, combined with Castle Rock’s $1,000, resulted in a total of $7,000 to train subsistence farmers.
In short, Farm Business Advisors are local entrepreneur farmers who sell low-cost, high quality materials (irrigation equipment, seeds, and fertilizer) to farmers, many of whom are also trained by iDE, and provide advice on how to best use these products.
One example is the treadle pump, which is activated by stepping up and down on treadles that drive pistons, creating cylinder suction that draws groundwater to the surface. These pumps free farmers from dependence on rain-fed irrigation, provide capacity to raise crops in two growing seasons per year, and help farmers maximize return on their small plots of land.
The Farm Business Advisors trained by iDE do not give the pumps to farmers, but sell them at very inexpensive prices ($31), thus making a living while implementing the economic model iDE promotes. Since 1985, 1.6 million treadle pumps have been sold to small plot Bangladeshi farmers. iDE sees this success model working in Mozambique as well. iDE has also introduced low-cost rope pumps, drip and sprinkle irrigation systems, water storage systems, and ceramic water filters, to name a few.
“IDE trains farmers in how to use equipment, rotate crops and get their crops to market,” Malpiede said. “It helps communities develop micro-economies that, in the end, allow villagers to send their children to school rather than have them work in the fields.”
Since the early 1980s, iDE has transformed the lives of more than 19 million people throughout the globe using these simple, but effective economic tools.
In essence, iDE’s approach boils down to the age-old adage: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
For more information on International Development Enterprises (iDE), visit their website at www.ideorg.org.
Posted by Sandy Begley
Great turnout at pass the gavel Thursday. Thanks Vis and the outgoing board for a great year. Kristi takes the lead tomorrow. Come hear what she has in store for this year.
Posted by Robert Foster
Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary's grant committee awards grants to 4 local organizations: The Learning Place, Healing Waters, the Estes Valley Fire Department, and Crossroads Ministry.
L-R: Jane Schoen, Richard Beesley, Carroll Mock, Kathleen Anderson, Mark Angle, Richard Visintainer, Kristi Faraguna, Gordon Slack, and Bob Berman. Not shown: Virgil Good. (Credit: Robert H. Foster)
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Jan 21, 2013
SUNRISE ROTARY'S PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS
Sunrise Rotary has 29 Paul Harris Fellows, more than 40 percent of its membership. Pictured are the Paul Harris Fellows attending the January 15th meeting.
Bob Alexander, David White, Sandy Begley, Karla Van Drie, Chuck Levine, Kathy Levine, Kristi Faraguna (seated), Sam Portman, Eric Blackhurst, Leon Wiese, Ed Lewis, Carroll Mock, Jane Schoen (seated), Don Darling, Ray Leaycraft, Harriette Woodard (seated), Marcy Predmore, Jim Daughterty, Howard Steinfath, Richard Visintainer and Steve Mitchell.
Paul Harris Fellows not pictured: Rob Austin, Vaughn Baker, Shelley Doggett, Tim Hull, Nancy Kaufman, Steve Misch, Bob Richardson and Lynne and Richard Ward.
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Jan 21, 2013
KATHY LEVINE RECEIVES AWARD
Estes Valley Sunrise Rotary recently honored Kathy Levine, wife of club member Chuck Levine, with a Paul Harris Fellowship. The club has 29 Paul Harris Fellows, more than 40 percent of its membership.
Rotary members who give $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. The funds go to the Annual Program Fund, the Polio Plus Fund or the Humanitarian Grants Program.
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Jan 08, 2013
ETHICS SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
How does Rotary’s Four-Way Test apply to your life?
Junior and Senior students at Estes Park High School have an opportunity to win a $5,000 ethics scholarship award offered by Rotary Districts 5440, 5450 and 5470 and Better Business Bureaus serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming. The goal of the scholarship is to reward a student who applies Rotary’s guiding principles of The Four-Way Test to his or her life and illustrates this effectively through a written essay.
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Oct 29, 2012
25th Anniversary Birthday Party
Don't miss Sunrise Rotary's 25th Birthday Party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 at the new Trout Haven Event Center. We're inviting past presidents and former Sunrise Rotarians. We're also drawing for a Paul Harris Fellowship for all those who attend. RSVP to Karla Van Drie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Steve Mitchell on Oct 24, 2012
Sunrise Rotary Honors Sponsors