Submitted by Julie Bernard

 

The 2012-13 Rotary year was the last for our Rotary District under the initial Foundation matching grant and District Simplified Grant rules and regulations. During this Rotary year, under the matching grant umbrella, two projects were terminated and two new ones approved and 5 clubs benefited from the District Simplified grant.

The first project to be terminated during the year was the Rotary Club of Fredericton in partnership with the Rotary Club of Chilanga and 3 others clubs in District 7810. They worked together to provide 11 computers, including a laptop for the office of the headmaster, and a printer to the Twitti Basic School in Lilay, Zambia.  This new school has been funded by a Canadian NGO. The teachers are now computer literate and students using computers as an educational tool. The computers are also intended to further benefit the community of Lilayi as adult night courses will be offered.

A mega water project spearheaded by Dr Bob was started and finished during the year. This year’s water project in the amount of $100,000 was in partnership with the Rotary District 7810, 23 clubs in Rotary District 7810 and the Rotary Club of Rio-Dulce. This project was aimed to continue and sustain the established BioSand filters program started by our district in 2010-11 and to further expand the program to include the construction of sanitation (latrines) and hygiene (hand washing)  on 6 bateys and regular scientific water testing.  A total of 26 people from this Rotary District and other Rotary Districts had the opportunity to have hands-on experience in the installation of BioSand filters, the construction of a latrine and an incinerator, participate in hand washing education and to see exactly how our clubs, district and the Rotary Foundation money is distributed. The 2013 water team was in LaRomana Dominican Republic the first week of February.

Image

The Rotary clubs of Moncton, Moncton West and Riverview, Dieppe, Sackville and Shediac in partnership with the Rotary Club of Lubumbashi had been awarded during the 2012-13 year a $25,000 matching grant in addition to their $36,000 contribution for a project that would provide training, coaching and support in learning and implementing new production strategies and basic technologies in agriculture, livestock breeding and community health for the villagers located in Mulonga, Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. The villagers of Mulonga are mainly women and young people including children with a high rate of analphabetism. The population is in general very poor. The major reasons for that are the lack of schools, health center, industry and the level of agriculture production is very low. To that the men usually run away, leaving the wives and children behind and go look for jobs and a better life in big cities, where they stay for good and start another life.

Our last matching grant under the initial system was approved this June. A project in partnership with Rotary District 4060 (Republic Dominican) our Rotary District and 6 Rotary Clubs from District 7810. The project totaling $25,000 was to train and certify at least 100 teachers in hand washing and hygiene in 100 schools, to train 35 non-teacher trainers to teach hand washing through NGOs, community groups, Rotary Community Corps, Rotary Spouse Committees, churches and public institutions in targeted areas and assist in the monitoring progress. Upon completion of this project approximately 15,000 people will have received direct, person-to-person hand washing training and approximately 75,000 people indirectly influenced by hand washing training (family member, relatives and friends) and 150,000 people repeatedly exposed to the project’s hand washing message through signage, public services media announcement and community meetings.

Of the five clubs who have benefited from the District Simplified Grant, for 2 of them the project was to benefit their local school, one was for a School in the Dominican Republic, one was for the benefit of the community and the last one was for a local library. All projects focused on some form of literacy.