CLEAN WATER IS CRITICAL TO ALL LIFE! Dear Friends,
TODAY IS GIVING TUESDAY!!
Since 2003, I’ve been sending out briefings to you about the great work we are doing around the world to bring about healthy habitat for all life and forwarding the concept of Cooperative Ecology* with all that we do.
Our forward progress is dependent upon the financial support we receive. Right now, there are communities waiting for us to locate and bring water to the surface so that they can have a healthier life for their children and a stronger, self-sustaining economy.
We are absolutely ready to expand our programs. Our scientists are fully prepared to go anywhere around the world. There are communities throughout the Southwest of the U.S., in Kenya, South Africa, and Australia where we have identified that we can find water where it was previously thought not to exist and make an enormously positive impact on the health of the region, including water for wildlife, people, and whole communities. With our technologies, we can create water security and food security like no other organization. We just need the funds to move forward at the speed we are capable of.
While Giving Tuesday is certainly not the only day of the year to make donations, it has become a symbolic day on which many people reach out to support the groups they feel are doing the greatest good.
Please let us know that you care about the work we are doing by making a donation – as large as possible. There’s no question these are difficult times; but we must not allow those who work to make life harder for others slow the forward progress of those who are working hard to make the world a healthier, safer and more prosperous place for all.Will you help? If so, click here for a one-time donation. Or click here for on-going monthly donations.
TOGETHER, WE CAN RESTORE THE HEALTH OF THE PLANET!
Sincerely, Barbara Wiseman International President
P.S. If you haven’t seen the Annual Report we recently published with an overview of accomplishments, click on the cover of it below.
* We seek to instill in people a sense that all life is interdependent, and that the decisions we all make affect the natural world, and then, in turn, circle back to affect the health of each one of us. We call this concept Cooperative Ecology™, meaning that all life does best when it works together with other life. This better connects everyone with the natural world, and is a way of getting the world to co-operate. It is the basic principle underlying everything we do.
Back in 1991, at
the opening of the first phase of the project, Muammar Gaddafi had
prophetically said about the largest civil engineering venture in the world:
achievement, American threats against Libya will double. The United States will
make excuses, but the real reason is to stop this achievement, to keep the
people of Libya oppressed.”
Now adding to what Muammar Gaddafi foresaw the truth of
primary water as a renewable and available EVERYWHERE was to be suppressed at
No one was to learn the Earth is the Water Planet and
We Are NOT Running Out of Water.
WE MUST ALL EXPOSE THE TRUTH ABOUT PRIMARY WATER
One of the biggest development projects that Libya’s
murdered ex-president Muammar Gaddafi undertook during his forty-two-year rule
was the Great Man-Made River. Gaddafi’s dream was to provide fresh water for
everyone, and to turn the desert green, making Libya self-sufficient in food
production. To make this dream a reality, Gaddafi commissioned a massive
engineering project consisting of a network of underground pipes that would
bring fresh clean water from from down below Earth’s mantel known as Primary
Water. Down below the Sahara Desert Primary Water was accessed for the
many suffering from drought. Gaddafi called it the “Eighth Wonder of the
World”. The western media rarely mentioned it, and whenever it did, it was
dismissed as a “vanity project” calling it “Gaddafi’s Pet Project”
and “the pipe dream of a mad dog”. But truth is, the Great Man-Made River
Project is a fantastic water delivery system that has changed lives of Libyans
all across the country.
Libya is one of the sunniest and driest countries in the world. There are places where decades may pass without seeing any rainfall at all, and even in the highlands rainfall seldom happens, like once every 5 to 10 years. Less than 5% of the country receives enough rainfall for settled agriculture. Much of Libya’s water supply used to come from desalination plants on the coast, which were expensive and therefore used only for domestic purposes. Little was left for irrigating the land.
In 1953, while searching for new oilfields in southern Libya, vast quantities of ancient water aquifers were discovered. The exploration team discovered four huge basins with estimated capacities of each ranging between 4,800 and 20,000 cubic km. Most of this water was collected between 38,000 and 14,000 years ago, before the end of the last ice age, when the Saharan region enjoyed a temperate climate.
After Gaddafi and the Free Unitary Officers seized power in a bloodless coup in 1969, the new government immediately nationalized the oil companies and started using the revenues from oil to set up hundreds of bore wells to bring fresh water from the desert aquifers. Initially, Gaddafi planned to set up large-scale agricultural projects in the desert where the water was found, but when the people displayed reluctance to move, he conceived a plan to bring the water to the people instead.
In August 1984, Muammar Gaddafi laid the foundation stone for the pipe production plant at Brega, and the Great Man-Made River Project began. Around 1,300 wells were dug into the desert soil, some up to 500 meters deep, to pump water from the subterranean water reserve. The pumped water is then distributed to 6.5 million people living in the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirte and elsewhere through a network of underground pipes 2,800 km long. When the fifth and final phase of the project is complete, the network will have 4,000 km length of pipes that will enable 155,000 hectares of land to be cultivated. Even with the last two phases yet to complete, the Great Man-Made River is the world’s largest irrigation project.
The pipeline first reached Tripoli in 1996, at the completion of the first phase of the project. Adam Kuwairi, a senior figure in the Great Man-Made River Authority (GMRA), vividly remembers the impact the fresh water had on him and his family.
“The water changed lives. For the first time in our history, there was water in the tap for washing, shaving and showering,” he told BBC. “The quality of life is better now, and it’s impacting on the whole country.”
The project was so well recognized internationally that in 1999, UNESCO accepted Libya’s offer to fund the Great Man-Made River International Water Prize, an award that rewards remarkable scientific research work on water usage in arid areas.
US citizens protesting against US military action in Libya in Minneapolis, on March 21, 2011. Photo credit
In July 2011, NATO bombed the Great Man-Made River water supply pipeline near Brega including a factory that produces the pipes, claiming that the factory was used as “a military storage facility” and that “rockets were launched from there”. NATO’s attack on the pipeline disrupted water supply for 70% of the population who depended on the piped supply for personal use and for irrigation. The country now reeling under civil war, the future of the Great Man-Made River Project is in jeopardy.
Back in 1991, at the opening of the first phase of the project, Muammar Gaddafi had prophetically said about the largest civil engineering venture in the world:
“After this achievement, American threats against Libya will double. The United States will make excuses, but the real reason is to stop this achievement, to keep the people of Libya oppressed.”
Pine Mountain Club, California –
July 20, 2020 Australia and the western United States have something in
common–unsustainable water use and management practices. With temperatures
rising over the globe, devastating droughts and wildfires are becoming a norm.
Water scarcities have reached high-anxiety threat levels across many regions
around the world, which then domino into food…
The Garlock Project – Drilling for Primary Water in the
Pal Pauer’s mentor Hydrologist and Mining Engineer Dr.
Stephan Riess was convinced that the primary water source for California City
(California) originated from the Garlock Fault. His dream for testing his
hypothesis materialized when Pal Pauer drilled two test boreholes adjacent to
the Garlock Fault in the Tehachapi Mountains at a 6,000-foot elevation. The
outcome is remarkable! The possibilities for water in Southern California are
Quality Unknown, The invisible water crisis, World Bank
Press Release Regarding Kyaani Kenya Water Well Project
March 18, 2019
In 2012, the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North completed a successful, multi-phased project spanning several years from 2008 through 2012, in which a water well was drilled near Ngu Nyumu, Kenya, and infrastructure was added to transport the water to about 4,000 people.
In 2016, we again partnered with Evie Treen and geologist Pal Pauer to drill a well on the grounds of a secondary school in Kyaani, Kenya, which is about 30 miles southeast of Nairobi and in the same Machakos region as our first project in Ngu Nyumu. The host Rotary Club for this project is the Rotary Club of Machakos Syokimau, a club that was started in 2014, and has several young women from the area in leadership roles. William Muli is also a member of this Rotary Club. William is originally from Ngu Nyumu and was instrumental in the management and success of both of these projects.
Evie Treen, who has visited Kenya many times and is keenly aware of the need for water in remote villages, made our club aware of the need for water at the Kyaani High School in 2016. Evie is the founder of Friends of Woni International, Inc., a USA non-profit formed to help the needy in Kenya. Evie is also the owner of Vision Adventure Safaris, the USA affiliate of Woni Safaris, a Nairobi company owned in part by William Muli. We began raising funds for this project and ultimately obtained a grant of $13,125 from the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North Charitable Foundation. Other contributors to the project were:
Rotary Club of Santa Barbara North $4,000
Friends of Woni Kenya (Evie Treen’s NPO) $1,700
Rotary Club of Oxnard $1,435
Rotary Club of Machakos Syokimau $ 100
Using Rotary International’s Global Grant process, these funds were matched by Rotary District 5240, which contributed $12,500, and by The Rotary Foundation which added an additional $18,587 using a Word Fund Match. In total, over $50,000 was raised. The money was spent to drill a water well and also to install a solar powered pumping system.
We were able to again enlist the generous services of Pal Pauer, who’s skill at locating well sites was used to determine the best site for the well. Pal Pauer is a hydro-geologist from California, and was present during the drilling of the well. The well site is actually on the grounds of the Kyaani High School, so the school board members acted as the Community Based Organization for this project.
Almak Aqua Drillers from nearby Machakos, Kenya, was again hired to drill the well. The well was drilled on September 25, 2017 and water was reached at a depth of 210 meters. On May 3, 2018, the pump, solar panels, water tanks and distribution system were completed. Fencing around the well site was completed on June 19, 2018. Training of the community in the operation and maintenance of the well, water handling and usage, and sanitation was completed by Kyaani High School staff on July 12, 2018. The system is working at full capacity and is able to fill four 10,000-liter tanks of water every day.
The project was dedicated on November 7, 2018 by members of the Rotary Clubs of Santa Barbara North and Machakos Syokimau, as well as members of the Kyaani High School and local community, and a plaque with the Rotary wheel was installed at the well site. The presence of water at the Kyaani School expedited the construction of a girls dormitory, which was completed in November 2018.
The well is maintained by the High School staff, with oversight from William Muli and other members of the Rotary Club of Machakos Syokimau. The water is currently being used to serve the Kyaani High School and surrounding community of approximately 2,000 people.