Saturday December 16th 2017

Guatemalan Partner in Perth Area until late November


Clara Colop and daughter Utzil Yac-Colop present gift made by Gautemalan indigenous peoples as a thank you to the Perth Rotary Club for past support.

Clara Colop a Mayan-Guatemalan and her 12 year old daughter Utzil Yac-Colop have come to the area to work with the Rotary Club of Perth and several other groups.

Seňora Colop runs an NGO in Guatemala which helps Mayans, the native people of her country. She also facilitates projects in Mayan villages for Rotary, the Guatemala Stove Project, the Canadian Federation of University Women (Perth and District), Kiwanis and Ryan’s Well.  Three years ago the United Nations in New York honoured Colop for her work with indigenous peoples.

On Monday Oct. 17th Colop made a presentation to Rotary Perth and thanked the community and the club for the projects they have funded in the past six years.  Some of the projects were masonry stoves and hen houses, medical clinics including last year’s Eye Clinic, emergency relief and funding for education.  Colop then made a plea for emergency help due to the devastating rains from a severe tropical depression which stalled over Central America beginning Wednesday Oct. 12th .  Electricity was out for three days in the Mayan region of the northwest part of Guatemala, and areas received as much as 10 cm of rain.  Crops have been destroyed, and the people are bracing themselves for the onslaught of mosquitoes which always breed in the standing water left by such big storms and which cause malaria and dengue fever.

Anyone who wishes to help the Guatemalans recover from the most recent disaster may contact Rotary through Dave Batchelor, Director of International Service at 613-264-1559.




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