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The Rotary Club of White Plains is Club 5043, District 7230, Zone 32, Region USCB, Federal tax ID 13-6111471.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 1712, White Plains NY 10602.

Our "Foundation of the Rotary Club of White Plains" is tax exempt, New York State #219346, tax ID 13-6165380.

Website created August 2001.

The Rotary Club of White Plains was chartered October 1, 1919, charter number 540.

RCWP and Bahía, Ecuador: 2010

The school building when completed in June, 2010 (and local Rotarians):

These are photos of the new school being built in January 2010. For events leading up to this construction, see bahia2009.htm

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Our club is helping the community of Fanca build a new school. Fanca is a very poor sector of Bahía de Caráquez. 1.jpg (390278 bytes) 2.jpg (326746 bytes)
Bahía is a city on the northern pacific coast of Ecuador, which has been devastated by an earthquake and El Niño in 1998.
The Rotary Clubs of White Plains (New York) and Bahía de Caráquez collaborated to raise the money needed for this construction.

The city of Bahía de Caráquez is located in a sandy peninsula in the western coast of Ecuador. In 1998 the whole coast of Ecuador was affected by the El Niño phenomenon. Bahía was the most severely affected by the torrential rains and mud slides, leaving the town isolated and without basic services and food supplies. Shortly after the niño, the town was struck by a 7.2 earthquake. Many buildings fell to the ground and almost all were severely damaged.

During the reconstruction, local residents with the support of foreign NGOs aimed their efforts towards more sustainable development. As a result, in 1999 Bahía was declared an ecocity. This was partly justifiable at the time due to the ecoprojects that existed in recycling of paper and organic waste and reforestation. The declaration meant a conscious decision by the Municipality and local residents to support and consolidate this process on a long term basis.

It has shown an important development during the last 15 to 20 years, since it has become one of the country's most attractive resort areas due to its beauty and relative closeness to the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, the two biggest cities in the country. It takes some five hours to reach Bahía by car from Quito and four hours from Guayaquil.

The population of Bahía is estimated at 30,000 in the urban area and its surroundings. This population substantially increases during the summer, due to the tourists. In fact, August is usually a very busy time.

View of Bahía from Lookout Point

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