It is difficult to take pictures while being part of the celebration. The ceremony itself started with the arrival of the District Governor, District Hygiene Director and so on down the line. There were a few speeches, Hmong Dance and then the Governor spoke. He was very eloquent and spent most of his time speaking about the care and maintenance of the new water system, starting with the phrase ‘Water is Life’. Towards the end, he spoke about the advances in the country over the last year, discussing the new railway that is under construction and the Lao-hosted Asean summit coming soon, with President Obama attending. We were really impressed! The village gave the governor a very long update on their accomplishments over the year and handed out awards. I handed over the inaugural pipe wrench to conclude our project and officially hand over ownership and responsibilities. Here are a few highlites;
We are so humbled by the support we have received from Rotary Clubs right across the country from Vancouver Yaletown and Coquitlam Sunrise, British Columbia to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In addition to the Interact Club of Clarington and the Rotoract Club of DC/UOIT. District 7070 clubs included a matching District Grant and funds from The rotary Clubs of Bowmanville, Whitby Sunrise, Pickering, Ajax, Courtice, Etobicoke, Markham-Unionville, North York, Oshawa Parkwood, Port Hope, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Scarborough North, Toronto, Toronto West, Whitby and Uxbridge. It is amazing what we can accomplish together!