Many Thanks to Leadership Park City for featuring The Hope Alliance and Leadership Alumni in their November Newsletter!
Alumni Active in Nonprofits
Editor: Barbara Bretz
'A Hand Up...Not a Hand Out'
Hope Alliance uses a 'hand up' not a 'hand out' approach. “We are a diverse group of citizens”, says Hanrahan, “partnering with communities in need to raise their quality of life through sustainable, locally-operated projects.”
Asked what stands out as one of the most effective missions, Co-founder John Hanrahan replied, “A joint partnership with Hope Alliance and Rotary Clubs in Utah and Nepal received a Rotary Foundation Grant to build biogas digesters in a poor rural Nepali town. The town provided all the labor, we provided the materials and expertise. A communal septic tank was installed to collect household waste from newly installed individual latrines. The methane gas by product is collected by the tank and siphoned off back to the individual homes where it is used for cooking and lighting. This was hugely successful in:
Reducing respiratory infections, burns, etc from open cook fires in the home.
Providing hygienic latrines and reducing gastrointestinal disease, parasites, anemia etc…
Reducing the need for firewood to cook thereby protecting local hillsides from deforestation and erosion.
Reducing the time spent by women and children gathering firewood from great distances
Allowing families to read, study, do schoolwork at night with new methane lights.
“The impact was great on many levels”
Not only was the success of this project impactful for one town, the success is far-reaching. John added, “Surrounding towns were so impressed with the results that they began installing similar systems of their own.”
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