Posted on Sep 12, 2019
Grand Opening of the new C.E.B. Francisco Morazan Public School which was built by Rotary Clubs from Roatan and Western Canada. 
On Friday, August 30, the Rotary Club of Roatan travelled to the island of Saint Helene in the Bay Islands of Honduras for the Grand Opening of the new school. After a beautiful boat ride, we arrived on St. Helene and made our way to the new C.E.B. Francisco Morazan Public School which was built by Rotary Clubs from Roatan and Western Canada. We were greeted by the Vocational Training Team from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who have been on ST. Helene training teachers in new resources and techniques, officials from the municipality of Santos Guardiola, parents and students for the official Grand opening!
 
This school was built through partnerships; partnerships of people from around the globe coming together. Thank you and congratulations to the Rotary International Foundation, Rotary District 4250, the Rotary Club of Roatan, the Gordan and Diane Buchanan Family Foundation, the Rotary Clubs of District 5370 in Canada, including the Glenora Rotary Club, the Edmonton Sunrise Rotary Clubs, the Rotary Club of Lac La Biche, Grand Prairie Rotary Club, Grand Prairie Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Grand Prairie Swan City. We also offer our gratitude to the Arlington Texas Rotary Club, Mission Encounters International, the Municipality of Jose Santos Guardiola, the Roatan Children’s Fund and the Caribbean Children’s Fund in bringing this project to fruition.
 
After a number of speeches by elected officials and project partners, guests were delighted with an enthusiastic performance by the student’s marching band, which has a reputation throughout the Bay Islands for their talent and skills.
 
A special thank you and congratulations to Rotary Club of Roatan’s Past-President and President of the Adopt A Village Project, Mike Wittry and Dr. Charles Parchment, the Rotary Club of Roatan’s Service Projects Chair and Co-Chair of the Education Project on St. Helene, for their dedication and perseverance in seeing this project through from start to finish.
 
In addition to Rotary building a $170,000 school, we received a $176,000 education grant to equip the school and train the teachers.  We also have a $156,000 water project grant underway in the same community.