Here's a great way to get rid of your "STUFF" AND  help raise funds for one of Rotary's remarkable international projects:  The Children of the Dump.  It's called the District 5890 "Clean Out Your Closets" Service Project and all you need to do is ask your club members, friends and family to pack up items they don't need, pick a collection point, then drop-off the items or we'll pick everything up, and we'll ship everything to to the project.  CLICK HERE to watch a 2-minute video.
 
District 5890 Rotarians Frank Huezo and Jim Kite are the chairs of the "Clean Out Your Closets" Service Project as well as the "Children of the Dump Project."  Jim can be reached at (979) 251-0840 or JimKite@SBCGlobal.net.
 
Under the leadership of Rotary District 5890 since 1997, the "Children of the Dump" Project has grown from a school with 90 students near the garbage dump in Chinandega, Nicaragua, to now over 1,600 students.  The students are fed, educated, receive health care and now their future is much brighter.   The majority of these "School of the Dump" students have become the first-generation of their family to attend and graduate high school.  We've had 25-30 graduate from college, and there are currently 25 attending college. 
 
Thanks to Rotary, the projects in Chinandega include primary schools, a high school, the Betania Trade School, clinics, the San Martin Hospital, Santa Lucia School for the Blind, Refugio Belen Maternity Shelter, plus several villages where families live, plus a Resale Shop.
 
Art Rascon with ABC13 Eyewitness News received two Emmy Awards for his "Children of the Dump" Documentaries in the late 1990's.  Then in 2011, he traveled back to Chinandega to follow up about how things had changed thanks to Rotary.  Below are links to his 2011 two-part documentary which will showcase the role that Rotary District 5890 Rotarians, plus Rotarians from several other districts, have made a difference:
 
HOPE & RELIEF INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
More than a decade ago, several District 5890 Rotarians started the Hope & Relief International Foundation to raise funds and manage the Children of the Dump Project.  The Board of Directors consists of Rotarians from here in D5890, plus several other Rotary districts in the USA, and Canada.  This is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and members of the board travel to Chinandega on a monthly basis to oversee the project as they have done for the last 21 years.
CLICK HERE to visit the website for photos, and more information.
 

HOW CAN YOUR ROTARY CLUB HELP? - CLICK HERE FOR A PROJECT INFORMATION FORM  (with "How To" info)
To help fund these Rotary projects, we're asking for your Rotary club to hold a "CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS" Service Project twice each Rotary year.
Example:  Hold one in July, and another in January - Or maybe one in August, and one in March - Your club picks the dates!
 
Multiple times during the year, we ship 40-foot shipping containers from Houston to Nicaragua filled with much needed clothing and supplies.  The clothing that is not distributed to the poor is sold in the project's Resale Shop in Chinandega.  This raises money to support the schools (food, clothing and medical care for each student), clinics, hospital, School for the Blind, and the pregnant women's shelter.  
 
OUR GOAL
With your club's help, our goal is to ship nine to ten 40-foot containers which will raise an average of about US$7,000 per container through sales at the Resale Shop.  
 
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST YOUR CLUB TO DO THIS INTERNATIONAL PROJECT?
Nothing!  You collect the items, and you can either drop your items off Monday - Friday...or give us a couple days notice and we'll come pick up the items Monday-Friday.
We'll bale and palletize the items at Frank Huezo's warehouse...We'll deliver to the export warehouse at the Port of Houston...We'll ship via ocean vessel to Nicaragua!
 
WHAT ITEMS DO WE NEED, AND HOW SHOULD YOU PACK THEM?
•  Don’t mix items in boxes - Pack each of the following 5 categories separately.
•  Example:  Clothing in bags, put Toys in a separate box, and put Sporting Goods in separate box.
•  Label outside of box with what is inside.  Example: “Toys”, “Household Items”, etc.
            ITEMS                                                  DESCRIPTION                                        HOW TO PACK ITEMS
1.  Clothing (Men, Women,
      children & baby)
NO Winter Clothes (Temperature in Chinandega is similar to
   Houston during July…HOT – so summer clothing is needed)  
Only usable Items
Can be in heavy duty, double trash bags
2.  Shoes, Belts, Purses
     (Men, Women & Kids)
Only in usable condition (aren’t broken & don’t need repairs)
In boxes – packed, labeled, and taped shut
3.  Toys
Only in safe, usable condition (not broken or missing pieces)
Boxes, labeled, and taped shut
4.  Sporting Goods
Baseball is the #1 sport in Nicaragua
Soccer is the #2 sport in Nicaragua
Note:  They DON’T play American football in Nicaragua!
Boxes, labeled, and taped shut
5.  Household Items
Pots, Pans and silverware/flatware (forks/knives/spoons)
No breakables or fragile items (no ceramic or glass plates,
  cups, drinking glasses, etc.)
Boxes, labeled, and taped shut
 
YOU'VE COLLECTED ITEMS.  NOW WHAT DO YOU DO?
When your club has collected the goods, your club can either:
1.  Deliver your items (Monday-Friday) to D5890 Rotarian Frank Huezo's warehouse at: 
       Green World Imports, 1003-A Atascocita Rd, Humble 77833 (281) 446-0405.
2.  We'll pick up!  Give Jim Kite a couple of days notice with location, date & time: (979) 251-0840 or JimKite@SBCGlobal.net.
      He'll have one of our delivery trucks pick everything up at your collection point Monday-Friday.