University of Calgary

Project Nicaragua

March 11, 2010

Student rotaract club raises $20,000

The 2008 group.
University of Calgary Rotaract members are ecstatic after fundraising upwards of $22,000 for Project Nicaragua, bringing the five-year total to $80,000.

Started in 2005, Project Nicaragua was developed by past University of Calgary Rotaract students as an international project with fair and economical initiatives. The project focuses on providing people in underdeveloped areas with accessible and sustainable technology that allow them to improve their quality of life.

“It feels great to make a difference in a life, in a community,” said Derrick Jones, club president. Jones is a fifth-year business student and has seen first-hand the benefits Project Nicaragua is having in and around the rural communities of San Juan del Sur and believes they are changing lives.

water filters
The group displays some of the water filters.
To date, Project Nicaragua has supported health initiatives, eco-stoves, Bio-sand water filters, compostable latrines and preschool education programs to thousands of Nicaraguans.

About Project Nicaragua:

Project Nicaragua is a youth led initiative supported by the University of Calgary Rotaract Club. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Calgary it won Rotary Internationals "International Outstanding Project of the Year” and was showcased in the 2008 World Youth Congress in Quebec. The project’s main focus is the implementation of sustainable technology targeted to education, health and sanitation problems that are common in Nicaragua. For more information please visit

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