Posted by Valerie Moroz on Mar 23, 2018




In November 2013, ROTARY and P AMBE reached an agreement to undertake a solar-powered computer laboratory project for the PAMBE Ghana-supported La’angum Learning Centre in Bumboazio, in the East Mamprusi district of Northern Ghana. Two Rotary Clubs in Canada, Rotary Districts 6330 and 5370, provided financial support for five laptop computers and solar equipment as well as installation cost, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Tamale, Ghana.

PAMBE Ghana took charge of the construction and development of the physical space to house the solar and computer equipment and all other related expenditures. PAMBE Ghana ensured judicious use of the funds to complete the project within six months.

Three project updates have kept all project partners abreast with the process and progress made over the past five months. This report is the final narrative of the successful completion of the solar-powered computer lab project. It is accompanied by a detailed financial report on funds received from Rotary and how those funds were expended.


Taking advantage of end-of-year sales various stores offered, the Executive Director of PAMBE Ghana purchased five Toshiba laptop computers in Oklahoma City, and hand- carried them to Ghana in January.

We experienced the first sense of accomplishment when the building to house the computers and solar equipment were finally completed with doors, windows and other fixtures fitted, and plastering and flooring and painting all done.

Mr. Addae of Jak Solar Technologies arrived with all the solar equipment at LLC on April 13. His assistants got to work immediately and within a short time they had done all the wiring and installed the inverter and batteries. They had also mounted all the solar modules ready to put on the top of the roof of the building.

Rotarian President Kpodo and Secretary Adam of the Rotary Club of Tamale arrived the same day for their first monitoring visit. They saw the facility first-hand which also offered a good photo opportunity.

A much awaited and welcomed rainstorm interrupted the mounting of the solar modules on the roof. Jak Solar technicians returned the following Tuesday to complete the installation of the solar system

“Let there be light, and there was light!”

The computers are installed and the future is brighter.

The computer lab is currently furnished with eight laptop computers, which include a new donated one and two used ones purchased three years ago, and they are running smoothly.

With shrewd stewardship of the funds from Rotary and a top-up from PAMBE Ghana, we were able to purchase two more batteries to increase the energy storage capacity and cater for possible increased computers. We also purchased an HP Envy laptop computer from Accra for the computer lab and 10 mouses for laptop computers.

The successful completion of the solar-powered computer lab project has been an important accomplishment. When school resumes next week, after the Easter break, the teachers and students of La’angum school will be very excited.

The students will become familiar with and appreciate the computer. They will be able to touch and feel a computer and know its components such as the central processing and visual display units, the key board, mouse and speakers. They will be able to switch it on and off without fear of breaking it. They will gradually learn to work with software applications for word processing, spreadsheets and emailing as well as internet browsing and research on the web. The teachers, most of who have little knowledge of the computer at the moment, will have the opportunity to increase their competency level in computer technology significantly. It will take them to places they have never dreamed of.


In order to take full advantage and make best use of this solar- powered computer lab several areas need further financial assistance. Immediate needs include hiring a technical support person and purchasing appropriate software and applications for the computers in the lab. It will also require investment in a wireless internet system.

The information and communication technology teacher /
coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the computer lab is
a dynamic, welcoming and safe learning environment; making
sure all equipment and materials are in good working condition;
making backups and maintaining inventory of equipment and records of software licenses

The job holder will be planning with classroom teachers to ensure equitable access to the facility and support; provide students with hands-on practice sessions and experiences; and, help teachers to improve their ability to use computer technology for themselves and their students.


The students of La’angum Learning Centre and most of their teachers are presently at ‘ground zero’ and their parents at “below zero” when it comes to computer technology. Let us monitor and see where we will be in three months, six months and a year from now. The end depends on the beginning and, But it is a great beginning!

Our deepest gratitude and appreciation go to the Rotary Club of Watford, Ontario and Rotary Club of Wainwright, Alberta. Your financial and moral support has made it possible for students and teachers in this rural area of northern Ghana to have access to computer technology. Thank you!

Prepared and submitted by

Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels

Executive Director, PAMBE-Ghana


  1. CLUB:RotaryClubofWainwright

  2. PROJECTNAME:Upgradeclotheswashingfacility

  3. LOCATION:Recife,Pernambuco,Brazil

  4. PARTNERS:RotaryClubofGuararapes,Recifeand

    Rainbow of Hope for Children (ROHFC)

  5. PROJECTCONTACT:GeorgeBunz,(Rotary)780-842-6091

  6. PROJECTCOSTS:12,000plusinstallation

  7. CLUB CONTRIBUTION: Rotary Club of Wainwright $2,000

    Rotary Club of Guararapes 2,000

    Rainbow of Hope 8,000

  8. PROJECTDESCRIPTION:TheGuararapesRotaryClubhasbeensupportingSantaLuziaShelterfor

    abandoned elderly women for more than two decades. The most pressing need currently was a commercial quality clothes washer, since residential quality washers are not durable enough to cope with the volume of washing required by the home, leading to frequent repairs and replacement. Over the long term the commercial clothes washer will be more cost-effective.

  9. CURRENTSTATUS:Thenewcommercialwashingmachineisinstalledandworkingwell,givingmore time for staff to spend with the elderly women to improve their quality of life.


  1. CLUB: Rotary Club of Wainwright

  2. PROJECT NAME: Rainbow-COMUS Sustainable Coffee and Food Security

  3. LOCATION: San Francisco Javier, Usulután, El Salvador

  4. PARTNERS: Rainbow of Hope for Children and COMUS ( Association of

    United Communities of Usulután)

  5. PROJECT CONTACT: Clara Qualizza, 780-757-2168, or

    George Bunz, President, Rainbow of Hope, 780-842-6091

  6. PROJECT COST: $1,088,870 over 5 years. This is a CIDA approved project:

    Rainbow of Hope 272,217 (Includes Rotary contribution)

CIDA 816,653

  1. CLUB CONTRUBUTION: $5,000 this year and $1,000 last year. These funds are matched 3:1 by CIDA grant for a

    total value of $24,000.

  2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: COMUS is a community based organization running community support programs for

    25,000 people in 44 communities they represent. This project will assist COMUS in establishing a sustainable organic coffee ago-business by improving capacity at the farm and processing levels, and in doing so, enhance food security of subsistence farmers (250 producers) at the low to mid elevation production areas.

  3. CURRENT STATUS: Project commenced July 17, 2012.




1. CLUB: Rotary Club of Wainwright
2. PROJECT NAME: Sight to the Blind
3. LOCATION: City and Area of Trivandrum, Kerela, India
4. PARTNER: Rainbow of Hope for Children Society and Aradhana Trust Foundation
5. PROJECT CONTACT: George Bunz, 780-842-6097,
6. PROJECT COST: $40,000, plus $160,000 in-kind professional eye care services
8. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Rainbow of Hope for Children and the Wild Rose Foundation of Alberta partially

funded a non-profit state-of-the-art Eye Care Hospital in Trivandrum, India, where now 5 ophthalmologists and a support staff of 38 provide an average of 250 eye surgeries per month. This project covers $100 cost of medical supplies and equipment, and with donated professional services will provide eye surgery free of charge for 400 patients living below the poverty line. The long term sustainability of this project is to provide free eye surgery to one patient who cannot afford treatment for every three patients who are able to pay.

9. CURRENT STATUS: Project is expected to commence June 1, 2011


1. CLUB: Rotary Club of Wainwright
2. PROJECT NAME: Senior Citizens Complex
3. LOCATION: Chincha Baja, Peru
4. PARTNERS: Rotary Club of Chincha Baja, Peru and Rotary Club of Vegreville
5. PROJECT CONTACT: Joe Gubbels, 515-652-6999,
6. PROJECT COST: $32,000 plus $28,000 in-kind donated supplies and labour
8. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The majority of people in the rural area of Chincha Baja live in abject poverty resulting

in a sense of hopelessness about their condition, especially, since the earthquake (8.1 Richter Scale) of August 15, 2007. The senior's facility was completely destroyed and their programs discontinued. It is estimated 800 seniors have been affected. Although means have been taken to reconstruct the facility with the donation of 200m2 of land from the Municipality of Chincha Baja; 3000 cement building blocks from Rotary Chincha and over 200 volunteer hours to prepare the building site, this project will provide funds to complete the project and replace the equipment which was destroyed. Upon completion, 800 senior citizens will again have recreational, social, health and educational programs in a safe and secure facility.

9. CURRENT STATUS: The project is expected to commence as soon as funds are in place, target June 1, 2011.


1. CLUB: Rotary Club of Wainwright
2. PROJECT NAME: Rainbow-COMUS Sustainable Coffee and Food Security 3. LOCATION: San Francisco Javier, Usulután, El Salvador
4. PARTNERS: Rainbow of Hope for Children and COMUS, and

Association of United Communities of Usulután
5. PROJECT CONTACT: Clara Qualizza, 780-757-2168,
6. PROJECT COST: Estimated at 1,000,000 over 5 years
8. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: COMUS is a community based organization running community support programs for

25,000 people in 44 communities they represent. This project will assist COMUS in establishing a sustainable organic coffee ago-business by improving capacity at the farm and processing levels, and in doing so, enhance food security of subsistence farmers (250 producers) at the low to mid elevation production areas.

9. CURRENT STATUS: Project commenced upon approval of a CIDA grant application. See 2011-2012 projects.



Project: Sunflower Childhood Education Furniture and Equipment Location: Brazil, South America
Host Rotary Partner: Rotary Clube Florianópolis Ilha
Project Coordinator: George Bunz

Total cost of this project:
Club portion of this project:
Rotary Florianopolis Ilha
District 4631DDF
District 5370DDF
Project description:
The institution we are helping is Centro de Educação Infantil Girassol (the Sunflower Childhood Education Center). It is dedicated to the care and education of orphan children ages 0 to 6 years. Some children have at least one parent (in most cases the mother, frequently drug dependent). They are very poor, have no access to education or health care, and mostly all victims of human and constitutional rights violations. Most are sent here by a judge or by the guardianship council. The Center has 25 children in permanent residence and another 250 children for a period of 11 hours a day from the poor surrounding community. A new addition is under construction to accommodate 50 additional children. The purpose of our project is to purchase and install furniture and equipment for 11 classrooms and the baby ward. Specifically we are funding: 10 mattresses, 4-burner stove, microwave, refrigerator, cribs, counters, play balls, junior boys play set, Sweet BEE tunnels, table and 4 chairs.
Current status of the project:
The construction of the addition is completed, and Rotary Florianopolis Ilha has purchased and installed the furnishings and equipment.

Project 2:
Project: Building and Furnishing a School in Jalalabad
Location: Afghanistan, Middle East
Host Partner: A Rotary Club in Afghanistan, spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Project Coordinator: George Bunz with assistance from Rainbow of Hope for Children Society Total Cost of this project: $630,000 plus furniture, equipment and school supplies

Wainwright Rotary portion: $16,702.75

Project Description:

This project is spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, the first Rotary Club in Canada, to celebrate the centennial of Rotary’s presence in Canada. The school will have 20 classrooms, educating 4000 students, 70% girls, using three shifts a day. It will be built in n Jalalabad, about 2 hours east of Kabul. Jalalabad is considered to be in a relatively peaceful area and Rotarians have worked there before.

Current Status of the Project: The school is completed and busting with Afghan girls and boys eager to learn.

$15,010 1,895 1,200 3,300 1,885 6,730


Name of Project: supporting a medical team from Alberta to provide health services to impover- ished families in rural Mexico
Wainwright Rotaries share: $1,000

Name of Project: Project Chincha Baja – Students Without Barriers
Partners: Rotary Club of Chincha Baja, Peru; Rotary Clubs of Sherwood Park; Strathcona; Calga- ry, and Rainbow of Hope for Children and Wild Rose Foundation of Alberta.
Total Cost of this Project: $97,000
Wainwright Rotary Share: $3,000
Total Rotary contributions including Rotary

International $46,000
Project Description: Through the process of community development, community volun- teers renovated two schools to include: electri- cal, potable water and sanitation systems; roof and wall upgrade; playground improvement and built an addition of 4 classrooms (204 m2) in Chincha Baja and 6 classrooms and office (300 m2) in Santa Rosa. This project encour- aged parents to keep their children, especially the girls, in school to a grade 5-level and help break the cycle of illiteracy.

Name of Project: Fish Ponds for Food and Sustainable Income at Fundanor
Partners: Change for Children, Rainbow of Hope for Children, Wild Rose Foundation Total Cost of the Project: $15,000
Wainwright Rotary Share: $2,400
Project Description: The project created three fish-
ponds (tanks) at Fundanor homes for boys and
girls at Palmeira dos Indio, Alagoas, Brazil. Fun-
danor has provided homes and education for over
2000 abandoned and abused street children since
1978. The fish Pond project provides a healthy
source of food for the children to eat and a small
business venture, where fish can be sold to fami-
lies. The results are that the children of Fundanor
have a stable nourishing source of fish, improved
diet, and Fundanor Foundation can add income to
improve self-sufficiency in its operations. It also
builds community awareness to the issues of child neglectinthecommunitywhichmayleadtogreat-
er conscientization of society to improve condi-
tions for children.

The director of Fundanor is show- ingtheconfection- ary that has bath- rooms and a weigh scale to sell fish by the kilogram.