R.E.L.A.Y. (Rotarians Enhancing Learning of African Youth) Project
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes is excited to be the lead club on the new District International Project. This R.E.L.A.Y. (Rotarians Enhancing Learning of African Youth) project will take place in a small rural village north of Lusaka, Zambia. This is the seventh R.E.L.A.Y. initiative led by Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotarians Michael and Shelly Duben.
We have identified a school in the region called Chinsanshi School [Google Earth Coordinates - Latitude: -15.2173, Longitude: 28.1221] which currently has only one classroom. It is part of the Zambia Open Community Schools system. There are about 150 students there currently attending nursery school and grade 1. The community wants to expand the school to 4 classrooms because there are many other children who cannot attend school because of the lack of classroom space. The school is in an area about 17kms from the capital city of Lusaka in a fairly rural setting. It has a large catchment area of several villages but very limited classroom capacity. The nearest government school is 6kms away and that tends to discourage parents from sending their children to school.
There are several components to this project and it will likely expand as it develops. Initial components of the project include:
  • Building a 3 classroom block
  • Purchasing and assembling desks for the new and existing classrooms
  • Purchasing water filters and training local community members how to use and maintain them.
  • Starting a library at the school
  • Providing curriculum books and teaching aids to the school
  • Providing sports equipment to the school
  • Providing backpacks with school supplies and new clothing for all students
  • Facilitating “programming sessions” with the teachers and students at the school
  • Completing a needs assessment to determine next steps at the school and in the local community
District 7010 Rotarians will have the opportunity to be involved in this hands-on project in Zambia. Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes Rotarians Michael and Shelly Duben will lead a team to Zambia in March 2018. R.E.L.A.Y. team members will, on a daily basis, actively assist with the construction and renovations at the school which could include painting, assembling desks,  installing windows and doors, constructing a volleyball court and/or soccer nets, etc. Team members will also work directly with children and teachers in the programming component of the project.
The 2018 District Team is now FULL.
Consider joining the next Team when the call goes out. 
District 7010 Rotary Clubs can get involved. Clubs may choose to raise funds and sponsor different components of the project such as: water filters, library books, desks, curriculum books, a solar powered water pump, a new latrine, backpacks, etc.
The Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes is proud to announce their partner Rotary Clubs so far. These clubs include:
  • The Rotary Club of Nkwasi-Lusaka (in Zambia)
  • The Rotary Club of Barrie-Huronia
  • The Rotary Club of Bracebridge
  • The Rotary Club of Hunstville
  • The Rotary Club of Huntsville-Lake of Bays
  • The Rotary Club of Windsor-St. Clair (District 6400)
For more information - contact Shelly Duben (shelly.duben@tldsb.on.ca) or Michael Duben (dgduben@gmail.com).