May 09, 2017
Steve Baker
Venezualan Global Grant

Steve Baker was born & raised in Toronto, Canada. Steve moved to Cincinnati with his wife Peggy & daughter Katherine in 1996 and is now an American citizen living in Miami.

 

From 2001 to 2006 Steve lived in Caracas, Venezuela during which time he spent at least a month each year in the Alto Ventuari region traveling in the jungle by dugout canoe and by foot. It was here that he met the Grand chief Isaias Rodriguez, under whose protection Steve was able to visit villages along the Ventuari River. Grand Chief Isaias often expressed his concern about how malaria was sickening and killing his people. Steve promised Isaias that he would do what he could to help fight malaria on the Ventuari. Steve worked with the indigenous people to create a bed-net (mosquitero) designed to work with the hammocks that the indigenous people customarily use for sleeping. Over three years he delivered 1000 mosquiteros to the indigenous people of the Ventuari River and its tributaries and a further 1000 mosquiteros to indigenous people of the Caura River basin

 

Steve joined the Rotary Club of Key Biscayne in 2008. He organized a Matching Grant in partnership with Rotary Clubs in Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela that delivered 1500 mosquiteros in 2012 and a Global Grant in 2014 – 2015 that delivered a further 6,000 nets to indigenous people living in a part of Bolivar State that was suffering from a fierce malaria epidemic.

 

Steve is currently working with Rotarians Patti Urban & Freddy Gomez de Cordova, RC Key Biscayne, on an approved Global Grant that is about to deliver 14,000 mosquiteros in the Peruvian Amazon over 2 years.

 

Steve is working on a new GG application for Venezuela that we hope will deliver 24,000 mosquiteros to Venezuela starting in early 2018. We need to raise $50,000 in the next 6 months to get this GG on the road.