Shelby Rotary Club member and Past District Governor Allen Langely made a trip to Ethiopia last year to ensure the wells installed as part of a Rotary project were in working order.

By Casey White (Shelby Star) |

SHELBY, N.C.―Half a world away, thousands of people will have access to clean water thanks to a Rotary project with local ties.

Shelby Rotarian and Past District Governor Allen Langely made a trip to Ethiopia last year to ensure the wells installed as part of a Rotary project were in working order. The trip to the country’s capital, Addis Ababa, gave him a first-hand look at the project’s impact.

While in northern Ethiopia, Langely met an 11-year-old girl who previously walked 13 miles a day to a river to collect water for her family and their animals, and a mother who said the wells would mean her children would now be able to go to school rather than collecting water each day.

“I couldn’t tell you how grateful I was for the opportunity to be able to go,” Langely said. “It’s a good grounding. It brings you back to what things are important.”

The clean water project got its start with Graham Wilson, another Past District Governor Rotarian out of Charlotte. He got several chapters involved to raise $100,000, including a $5,000 contribution from Shelby Rotary.

The $100,000 was then matched through contributions raised by Tim Arnold, a Rotarian from Washington. Rotary International then signed on to contribute another $200,000. That $400,000 total from Rotary was then matched by World Vision International, who do work in Ethiopia.

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