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Executive director of Project H2Open Doors to speak at Rotary meeting

By Staff | Nov 13, 2020

WEST MAUI — Jon Kaufman, founder and director of Project H2Open Doors, will make a presentation to the Zoom meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Kaufman released a book late in 2018 called “Long Walk on a Dry Road, the Education of a Water Warrior.”

Chronicling the people and places he has encountered throughout the world over the past six years, the book is a fun and inspirational read.

As a project of Rotary Clubs, H2OpenDoors enjoys the support of Rotarians and others throughout the globe.

Fundamentally, the name says it all — water technology and the opportunities that are created when the poor start small enterprises selling the water.

Villages and schools can drive significant revenue by using the bottling plants installed by the project. Even at half-capacity, over $100,000 (USD) can be generated for the exclusive use for social services of the community.

College scholarships, nutritional programs, construction of proper latrines, classroom expansion and more can be earned through these businesses.

This all leads to the core of what H2OpenDoors tries to infuse into these communities: self-reliance and human dignity.

“Within the very first year, we like to see self-sufficiency. And while we offer consultation, guidance and friendship going forward, we look towards ending the paradigm of Giver and Taker,” Kaufman explained.

Club members will receive an automatic invitation to this Zoom meeting. If a guest would like to join this virtual meeting of the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset, contact Past President Mariko Higashi to be included on the invite list at marikoinmaui@gmail.com.