Posted on Jan 17, 2024
For our evening meeting, this Wednesday at Sweetwater Brewery, we welcome club member Eric Nachtrieb as our speaker. Rotarians have had a significant impact on the continent of Africa and Island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean over the years by partnering with an international NGO called Children of the Nations international (COTNI). Since the inception of COTNI, local Rotaries both in the US and abroad, along with the International Rotary have helped to build educational facilities, clinics, clean water wells, and install solar equipment that has helped in the transformation of orphan and marginalized children and students in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Uganda, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

This presentation will:
1. Provide an overview of the COTNI program.
2. How Rotary has played an important part of the development of the organization over the with pictures of schools, distribution centers, clinics, wells and solar projects they have helpto fund.

3. Provide an update/pictures on a Solar Project in Sierra Leone that Rotary International is currently participating in.

Bio: Eric graduated from UCLA, Talbot and Fuller Theological Seminaries, with degrees in Organizational Psychology, MA -Global Leadership and Education. Eric’s career has focused on organization and staff development, strategic planning, and best practices in non-profits. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of a non-profit counseling center in California called Relationship 180. For the past 14 years, Eric has been the Vice President of Operations for Children of the Nations managing 450 staff worldwide. COTN serves 5000 children in Africa and the Caribbean building schools and clinics that provide medical, educational and life development opportunities. Married to his wife Lynne for 46 years, they have three adult children and four grandchildren. They recently moved to Colorado from California