Rotary assists Mayan people of Guatemala
For a number of years, the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club has supported the Ixil people in the Chel, Guatemala, region. It has assisted with resources such as clean water and sanitation systems, efficient cooking stoves and agricultural tools. Recently, Hurricanes Eta and Iota knocked out roads, electricity, sewers and phone service throughout Chel and the surrounding villages, leaving 10,000 people isolated and short of food and supplies. Two weeks ago, the club received a plea for help from the people of Chel. San-Cap Rotarians responded with a sense of urgency, with member Bill Harkey pledging a $5,000 challenge grant. In under a week, members contributed nearly $15,000 to help provide relief.