International Service

By partnering with other Rotary clubs we continue to make an impact on health and humanity in parts of the world struggling to improve their lives. For example, we recently partnered with other  the Rotary Clubs to build rainwater harvesting water tanks in the Rift Valley in Kenya; our partner there is the Rotary Club of Nakuru.

Rift Valley Kenya

To date, over 3000 tanks have been built, bringing a lifetime supply of clean water to about 28,000 people. Rotary Clubs raised $38,000 of the $300,000 total project cost of including grants from Rotary District 7070 and the Rotary Foundation.

We have partnered with the Rotary Club of Picton and Rotary Club of Accra, Ghana, to develop a training and educational centre in Atorkor. The Atorkor Centre will help these people out of poverty to re-establish themselves economically following collapse of their fishing industry due to highly mechanized trawler fishing.

Jao Island School Program

We partnered with the Rotary Club of Collingwood in their “Back to School” program that educates people of all ages to prepare them for the modern work force. We also helped provide Voc Tech training for 30 indigent students in Jao Island in the Philippines.

We supported the Amarok Society in their “Learning Through Play” program teaching Bangladeshi mothers to become teachers and improve not only their own lives but bringing education to urban communities. The mothers become catalysts of change in their neighbourhoods, thereby elevating their status.

Our club is supporting the “Water for Life” project of the Rotary Club of Ancaster to drill water wells in Haiti.

Water for Life Project

We continue to pursue our club’s 2012 Vision to support Africycle, AIDS and water projects in Africa, with a focus on Zomba, Malawi. We have partnered with Africycle, a community based bicycle sales/repair service, shipping bicycles to Zomba to provide much needed transportation. We support Dignitas International, an organization that has dramatically increased access to effective HIV/AIDS-related prevention, treatment, care and support in resource-limited settings through developing and sharing community-based solutions. In the past two years, through Africycle we have purchased and donated 70 bicycles to Dignitas to provide transportation for health care workers. In 2011 we partnered with other Rotary Clubs to purchase a vehicle for Dignitas for ARV distribution.

Zomba Trip

Rotarian Chuck Taylor joined the District 7070 Sweat Equity trip to Zomba, where the vehicle was presented.

Each year we purchase a Disaster Aid kit which provides emergency shelter, clean water and supplies for 10 people. These kits are sent to disaster areas around the world, wherever they are most needed. Disaster relief this year has included a contribution of $1,750 to emergency food and shelter needs in response to the famine in the Horn of Africa.

We provide annual funding to PolioPlus, a Rotary International project to eliminate polio from the world. Since 1985, the number of polio cases worldwide has declined by more than 99%. Read how Rotary has raised $107 million towards the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $355 million challenge.

Rebuilding a School and Garden

Our Club is participating in a project to make substantial improvements to a primary school in Matangwe, western Kenya.

Matangwe Kenya

The school serves over 500 children from a catchment area of 17 villages in rural Kenya. The first phase of the project will involve the renovation, rebuilding and equipping of six existing classrooms enlarged to accommodate the growing needs of the community.

Matangwe School

The funds are also supporting the expansion of the school’s garden to three acres in size. The garden will provide lunches for the students at the school and will also generate some revenue through the sale of maize and beans to area residents. For many of the students this is their only meal of the day so the garden is vital to their health and to help keep them in school.

After this first phase is complete there are plans to improve access to clean water and waste management. Updates will be posted as the work progresses.

The project is being spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Belleville in partnership with the Rotary Club of Kisumu Winam in Kenya. Matching district grants and funds from The Rotary Foundation have also helped to make this project possible.