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"Barrington Breakfast Rotary presents $1,000 check to Children's Home and Aid in Carpentersville for an educational garden at the Jerri Hoffmann preschool and daycare center. This project is in collaboration with the Carpentersville Rotary Club."
Posted by Lew Parks
on Mar 23, 2016
On Thursday, March 17th Lew Parks and Theresa Cullum visited with the Rotary Club of Wellington Florida. We exchanged Club Flags and discussed our individual Club efforts. The Wellington Club is involved with a number of pretty amazing projects.
BHS Interact Club make a huge impact to promote education in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities 8/29/2015 9:13:00 AM James Quigley
Through efforts of the local BHS Interact Club, Rotary Foundation just transferred $54,000 to Guatemala to improve the education opportunities for 400 children living in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Communities. These children attend an afterschool tutoring and mentoring program. Specifically the grant will fund a computer lab with 16 new computers, desks and chairs; renovate and equip a library; provide tables, chairs, and printer and audio video equipment in a new community center; and equip a commercial kitchen to provide a healthy meal each day to the children.
There are over 6,000 children living in these communities. Among their challenges is the poverty of education. A 2013 Social Study concluded that only 57% of these school age children have “any” education with only 5% reaching high school. Improvement is a slow and steady process because many of these families have lived by recycling garbage for 3-4 generations. It is hard to break a viscous cycle. The after school program provided by Potter’s House, was at maximum capacity with 250 children. The new community center provides the opportunity for an additional 150 students to enroll. There is high demand and 75 students have already enrolled in advance of the grant being funded. That means 75 students off the street after school and being mentored rather than getting into mischief. Local Barrington students had visited the Guatemalan communities over the last five years. In 2013 they learned that they could create their own service project through Rotary’s High School Club called “Interact”.
The BHS Interact Club is associated with the two Barrington area Rotary Clubs – Barrington Breakfast and Barrington Noon clubs. The project was sponsored by the Barrington Breakfast Rotary club with partnerships between Barrington Noon, Lake Zurich, Schaumburg AM Rotary Clubs, and the BHS Interact Club, each contributing funds towards the project. The Rotary Foundation provided matching funds. The BHS Interact Club members are to be commended for their drive to raise approximately $26,000 of which about $10,000 was used for this project with the remaining available for future projects.
Rotary Global Grants are only available for projects that are sustainable and fall under one of several “areas of focus”. For this project, “education” was selected as the focus. The grant process is very vigorous and requires cooperation between a US based Rotary Club (Barrington Breakfast), a host club (in this case, Ciudad de Guatemala), and a local partner (Potter’s House International). The grant must be sustainable and have measurable outcomes. In this case, Potter’s House has been working in the communities for nearly 30 years and has set up criteria to improve the number of students continuing in school. Ciudad de Guatemala will handle monitoring the implementation and follow up.
Interact allows students to develop service projects that are close to individual students hearts. Other Interact projects completed in 2014/15 included Bowling with the Buddies (students with special needs), Music and Memory (memory improvement for the elderly), and Hope’s In Stride and Merry Meals for 500 pounds of shoes and clothing and 22,500 meals for the poor in Guatemala. Interact looks forward to welcoming many new students into the club this year.
Barrington Giving Day
Friday afternoon a Rotary contingency helped at the Barrington Giving Day at the Barrington Middle School. The BBRC was well represented.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon opens Korea convention
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was among the first to welcome Rotary members and friends to the 107th Rotary Convention, heralded as one of the largest-ever gatherings of Rotarians and the most multicultural assembly of nonprofit leaders in Korea. He offered a message of gratitude: “Rotarians do remarkable work around the world,” Ban told the thousands of attendees gathered at KINTEX, the Korea International Exhibition and Convention Center in Goyang city, on the outskirts of Seoul. “You help the United Nations reach our goals, and you help the world understand the United...
Global movement needed to reverse water crisis
This year's World Water Summit on 27 May in Seoul highlighted the progress being made: Over the last 25 years, more than 2.5 billion people gained access to improved drinking water, and 2 billion who didn't have adequate sanitation now do. Child deaths from water-related diseases dropped from 1.5 million to just over 600,000. The UN Millennium Development Goals' target for clean drinking water was met five years ahead of schedule. But for the 1.8 billion people whose drinking water remains contaminated and the 2.4 billion without access to proper sanitation, progress is still too slow, said...
Rotary shop on new platform
As of 1 May, the Rotary shop will be available on a new platform. We may experience some downtime during the transition and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com or at 847-866-4600.
Rotary districts mobilize to support survivors of Ecuador, Japan quakes
After a series of three earthquakes -- two in Japan and one in Ecuador -- killed hundreds of people, injured thousands, and caused billions of dollars in damage late last week, Rotary members in those regions have created disaster relief funds to help survivors. In Ecuador, the powerful 7.8-magnitude quake that struck Saturday night has killed more than 400 people, with 2,500 injured. Those figures are expected to rise. Rotary District 4400 established a service fund to raise money for relief efforts. Contact District Governor Manuel A. Nieto Jijon for information on how to donate. In Japan,...