Rotary Foundation Minute


Blighted schools in the mountain city of Peja in western Kosovo are a reminder of the ethnic strife and war that ravaged this area in the 1990's.  Through a $50,000 Rotary Global Grant, the Rotary clubs of Edwards, Colorado and Peja, Kosovo brought clean water and new bathroom facilities to six area schools in Peja.


Up to now the rebuilding of the city's infrastructure went to improve roads, rebuild homes and create new businesses.  Little money was used to restore schools.  As a result students have fallen ill. stayed home and have been unable to focus on their education.   With this grant, the community joined the Rotary Club of Kosovo in replacing all the commodes and sinks, repaired leaking roofs, and installed floor tiles, fixtures and new septic tanks.  In addition, water and sanitation education was introduced into the six schools.  Health committees were established where members oversee the maintenance of the new facilities and hygiene awareness campaigns were begun.

Neshad Aslllani - a physician and member of the Rotary Club of Kosovo states, "... that although the war's impact lingers, projects like this one are helping to restore area residents' spirit as well s the region's infrastructure.  The goodwill brought by Rotary has helped our people overcome their animosities from the past by establishing projects that look to the future!"