HOW TO GET INVOLVED IN ROTARY PLAYGROUND PROJECTS WORLD WIDE
Wendy Andrews (Chair of District 5370 Playground Committee)
What: Canadian Municipal Playgrounds that are in good shape and destined for the landfill are obtained and refurbished by the Emmanuel Foundation and made available to Rotary Clubs for their projects around the World.
Who: Rotary Clubs in District 5370 work with Rotary Clubs around the World, with a focus in Belize and Honduras, to determine where the playgrounds should be built in any given year. The Rotary and Interact Clubs of Canada and Belize work together to install and paint the playgrounds and work with the children, families and communities in the development of play leadership skills.
The Funding: for each project cycle, a CIP (Community Initiatives Program – International Development) matching grant is requested from the Alberta Provincial Government. Matching funds come from the partner Rotary Clubs in Alberta. Each playground has 3 or 4 partner Clubs who each contribute $3000 in a Rotary year towards the project. We ship two large playgrounds and medical and school supplies for a total project cost of approximately $30,000.00 CDN.
What are the funds used for: $3000 contribution from Rotary Clubs to the District Playground project are used for the purpose cost of procuring, redesigning, shipping and installing the playground, any special preparation of the playgrounds prior to shipping such as sandblasting and painting, as well as the cost of sending a certified playground builder from Canada.
Additional costs to participating Rotary Clubs would include such things as travel and training of Interact students traveling to the playground builds, costs of any medical, school, sewing supplies that would be used to fill the playground shipping containers.
A Rotary Club can be very hands on getting the playground ready to send or as part of a Rotary team that travels to and helps build the playground. Or a Rotary Club can be less hands-on and choose to donate to a specific project and follow the progress and see the results.
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