Caring for those in Kiribati

Richfield Rotary Club President Lance Stott, left, presents a check to J.D. Borg Monday along with Brent Thorne. The check was to help an effort to foster small business development in Kiribati.

An island nation in the south Pacific will be reaping the benefits of a local group’s charity. 

The Richfield Rotary Club donated $10,000 Monday afternoon to Kindling Kiribati, an effort to help business development in Kiribati. 

The donation will help women who live on the 32 atolls and solitary island that make up the country gain financial means to provide for themselves and their families. 

Andrea Gooch, director of Kindling Kiribati, joined the presentation via phone, while board member J.D. Borg was on hand in person to accept the check. 

More information about the Kindling Kiribati program is available online at

The Rotary Club also donated an additional $18,000 to help the New Zealand District of Kiribati last month to assist with the construction of bathroom facilities. 

The three outhouses are planned to each have five toilets, a privacy shower and other sanitation facilities for families in three communities. Only 40 percent of Kiribati families have access to clean sanitation facilities, said Rotarian Brent Thorne. 

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