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Looking to get your hands dirty? In March of 2024, Rotarians from District 7910 will travel to the Pacific Coast of Guatemala to restore a mangrove forest.  From preventing coastal flooding to filtering water, mangroves help the planet in numerous ways. Because they live where land and sea connect, one of their most important ecosystem functions is to protect the former and serve as a frontline defense for people and property in coastal areas. Mangroves also serve to protect marine habitats from harmful nutrients and runoff that can harm seagrass, coral reefs and fisheries. The roots help filter water coming off from the land, including pollutants, heavy metals, pesticides and agricultural runoff. Learn more about the importance of mangroves and Rotary's commitment to them through this article on Rotary's web site. Funding for the restoration project is being provided through a District sponsored Global Grant, and the work will be done in conjunction with the NGO Rainforest Alliance and the Coatepeque – Colomba Rotary Club. 
Join us for an information session about the trip to Guatemala on December 6 at 6:00pm via Zoom. We'll discuss our planned itinerary, costs and other requirements for participation in this important hands-on international service opportunity. ​​​​​​​Registration for the meeting is required - click here to register and receive the Zoom link.
Thank you to Westborough Rotarians Jorge Yarzebski and Steve Sager for their efforts to bring this project to fruition.