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Club Projects: West Africa Project

West Africa Projects by Robert Earle

In 1997, Etruscan Resources hired Dr John Savage to develop humanitarian projects in Niger. The Rotary Club of Dartmouth had been searching for an International Service initiative with a local connection to facilitate our efforts. Thus, this was the beginning of a long and successful partnership between our Club and Etruscan.

Dr. Savage frequently travelled to Niger to meet with village officials in areas close to the Samira Hill mine site. After much consultation, it was decided that a medical clinic in Toure would be the priority.

Our Club formed a Rotary Foundation Matching Grant with the Rotary Club of Niamey to fund many of the essential components of this clinic. Sanitation equipment, a water tower and foot pump, medical supplies, and a brick wall to enclose the clinic property were all provided.


                                                         Rotarian Scott Lynch (click to enlarge)

Since that time we have been continually involved in fulfilling the needs of the clinic and the many villagers who seek basic health care. Essential medications have been donated through Health Partners International and transported to Toure by Etruscan employees, Rotarians, and by air freight. Rotarians in Niamey have facilitated the receipt of shipments and customs clearance.


                                                       Rotarian Bob Johnson (click to enlarge)

Dartmouth Rotarians have enjoyed our long-term involvement in the health care of Toure villagers. We receive statistics from the clinic nurse and requests when supplies are low. This link has been sustained through our relationship with the people of Etruscan.

Dartmouth Rotarians visited Toure in 2002 and 2006, and it has been an unforgettable and inspirational experience to see first- hand the results of a sincere commitment made by a small Rotary Club.

Bossey Bangou

The people of Etruscan have been involved mainly with improvements in education in Bossey Bangou, and long-term efforts have resulted in a vastly enhanced educational experience for the children of the village. Etruscan built new classrooms and repaired old ones, school supplies were provided, and mothers have been encouraged to visit the school with their daughters to improve the enrolment of girls.


See Photos of the Bossey Bangou Health Clinic.....Click Here

See Photos of Burkino Faso..... Click Here

See Photos of Youga School and Health Clinic.....Click Here

See Rotarians loading a Container bound for West Africa.....Click Here


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