For 31 years, this Rotarian has supported the causes served by Rotary.
At the North Haven Rotary Club’s breakfast meeting on May 13th, Farooq and Eileen Kahn were honored for their generosity in helping the poorest people of India get clean drinking water. The honor was bestowed on the couple by Cathy Forsberg and Michael Lipman of Wallingford, executives of the South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization that manufactures and distributes BioSand water filters to the poorest communities in India. The couple also received a Rotary District 7980 award from the club’s president, Debbie Volain, for their ongoing financial support of Rotary International.

The focus at the recent meeting was the fact that the Kahns have been instrumental in funding BioSand water filters for the village of Adina Kanave, a small enclave in the remote forests of Mysore, Karnataka, India. The residents collect their drinking water from a contaminated pond near their village. The villagers had been suffering from gastrointestinal disease and parasitic infections from their water. The installation of BioSand filters has given them a new lease on life because the filtered water is free from the contaminants that had been making them sick.
South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. has been working in India for 10 years and has manufactured and distributed more than 12,000 lifesaving BioSand water filters. The organization is now training and supporting Indian non-profit organizations to manufacture and distribute BioSand water filters in all of the regions of India. For details:

COLLAGE: a) (L-R) Eileen & Farooq Khan were awarded special recognition from Rotary District 7980 for their ongoing generosity to Rotary International by North Haven’s club president, Debbie Volain. b) Cathy Forsberg (South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc.) recognized the couple for their assistance in India. c) An Adina Kanave villager with her BioSand filter.