K-State Rotaract partnered with Woodland Public Charity to plan a service trip to Panama during the first part of January.  The main objectives of WPC in Panama are to build a sustainable infrastructure that will provide access to clean water, sustainable food, healthcare and education that will be self-sustained for generations to come.  The K-State Rotaract Club group was an important part of their mission. Services the club provided were:

  • Assembling water filter systems and delivering them to various communities surrounding Chepo, Panama. The recipients are instructed on how to maintain the water filters so that they last for several years. Each system filters 15 liters of water in 45 minutes which is a phenomenal improvement in their access to clean water. The World Health Organization recommends that a person drink 3 liters a day. These filters allows the families to have drinking water and clean cooking water.
     
  • Our Rotaract students with medical training were able to provide some relief to children suffering from small but harmful ailments like high fever while teething, open wounds on feet without shoes. They also measured and fitted numerous people with crutches and walkers.
     
  • Our student civil engineers assessed the water infrastructure at each community we visited to create a report that may be evaluated by professionals equipped to provide solutions in future trips. These reports are incredibly valuable so that a more sustainable method of acquiring water can be created for these communities.

 

We will be publicly presenting our trip in March of 2016 so stayed tuned to the official date so that you may hear all about our trip and how you can help these communities from afar!

Any questions about the trip may be directed to Ramin Rostampour at rotaractksu@gmail.com

Panama 2016