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Maharishi University of Management Rotarians win competitive grant for Nepal well
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10 December 2011
A community of 10,000 people at the base of the Himalayas in Chitwan province in Nepal will now have a well, thanks to a winning grant proposal submitted to the Rotary International Foundation by Maharishi University of Management* professor Andrew Bargerstock and MBA alumnus Naya Raj Baral.
The grant of $45,700 will cover the costs of a borehole well, pumps, 400,000-liter reservoir tank, and training in the use and maintenance of the water system for the Jaluke Community in Gaidakot, Navalparasi, Lumbini Zone, Nepal.
Dr. Bargerstock is the director of the International Service Committee for Fairfield's Rotary Club, and Mr. Baral, who is CFO at Maharishi Ayurveda Products International, is a current member of Fairfield Rotary Club and former member of a Rotary Club that meets two miles from the site of this project.
''During a Nepal trip to visit family and friends in Spring 2011, Naya learned about this project that had been presented by a local engineer to the Nepal Rotary Club,'' Dr. Bargerstock said. ''When he returned to Fairfield, he contacted me. With approval from the local board of directors, we formed a team to develop the application and raise financial support from regional Rotary Clubs. Sixteen regional clubs or members have contributed to raising $16,000 as Fairfield's requirement for the cosponsorship of the grant application.''
With other matching formulas built into the grant application, the total project has generated nearly $110,000.
Dr. Bargerstock says that Rotary is about relationship building and that this project is a good example of the Rotary Club's focus on relationships. The successful grant application emerged from the collaboration of the clubs in Nepal and Fairfield.
Dr. Bargerstock said that Rotarian Doug Flournoy from Indian Hills Community College was key in guiding the grant application process, and that Mr. Baral's relationships with people in Nepal was critical for building credibility.
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