International Service News Issue No 12

INTERNATIONAL REPORT FOR MID YEAR REVIEW

NOVEMBER 27th 2010.

DISASTERS.

Haiti.

 The clubs in District have now raised £28,528.78. Of this sum £10,000 is earmarked for the Rotary Wheelchair Foundation that is using the money in a Matching Grant Application for 280 wheelchairs for Haiti. The balance is being made available for the Rotary Jaipur Limb Trust who along with RIBI is building a Rotary Jaipur Limb Clinic in Haiti. Subject to a fully costed report, presently being compiled by Hugo Pike whilst on a visit to Haiti, it is expected the remaining £18,528.78 will provide equipment for the RIBI centre. The container for the wheelchairs can be adapted for use as a Jaipur Limb clinic both prior to the building of the RIBI clinic and after in another part of Haiti.

Pakistan.

 Clubs in District have raised £20,334.18. This has been sent to World Water Works for 135 Water Survival Boxes on top of this Clubs have been sending money direct. Further funds have been sent direct. We have also sent 2,500 Life Straws and are aware that Clubs have sent money directly to Aqua Box and Shelter Box. As the funds from Clubs have dried up I would suggest that we wind up the appeal in Mid November and as Ron Emmitt suggests announce this at the next District Council Meeting.

New Zealand earthquake

 They were hoping that the aftershocks were starting to diminish both in number and intensity but one yesterday (21st October) measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale gave them all a scare. It was centered just 10 kilometers from the city centre and was quite shallow at only 9K. It felt as severe as the 7.1 we got on 4th September.

The Rotary clubs are working on what aid they require. Bill Wyke is in e-mail contact.

Literacy Box.

 The Rotary Club of Portsmouth & Southsea has raised £5,000 towards a Matching Grant project of sending 40 Literacy Boxes to the Philippines.

 

Rotary Friendship Exchange District 2100.

 We have three Rotary Friendship Exchanges in the pipeline, Naples in Italy, and South Carolina in the USA and Calgary in Canada.

 

Rotary Club of Chandigarh, India, Heartline Matching Grant Project.

This project has been made available to clubs to participate in a matching grant application with all the local paper work being done by the Rotary Club of Jersey. The Jersey club have donated £1,000, enough with the matching funds to save the lives of two children, and underwritten £4,000, hoping that other District Clubs will in time donate, so that the matching grant application can proceed. The District Foundation Committee has supported the project with a grant and we are now waiting on the finalised application.

 

Visit to the Rotary Club of Hillcrest, District 9270, South Africa. 

AG Mike Jackson who sits on the District International Resource Committee has organised and circularised details of a fascinating trip to the Valley of a Thousand Hills Aids project and other projects of this Rotary Club  along with a  Game Drive in the Tala Game Reserve and home hosting. The savings achieved by home hosting goes towards to Aids project.

 

Romania – Water Aid Project – Faurei Village.

Since the visit in June to carry out the feasibility study further discussions and a project meeting have been held with Radu Mihailov of the Rotary Club of Constanta. Radu intends to establish a working party to provide all the information needed by Ventnor in order for the Matching Grants Application to be completed. The very first objective is to obtain confirmation of the whereabouts of the underground water course supposedly a river some 70m below ground. Quotations are then needed to enable costs to be assessed as accurately as possible for the Grant.

It has been decided to include replacement toilet facilities within the project so further enquiries are being made regarding what format these can actually take.

Much information is still to come, therefore, which has to be the responsibility of RC Constanta so we are in their hands for the time being.

The next deadline for submission of the Application is mid December for approval in April 2011. If this is not achieved we must wait until August 2011.

The Ventnor Club is co-ordinating this water aid project for the Faurei village of 800 families who have to collect water daily in plastic buckets and bottles. There is also no water supply in the school or for a proposed kindergarten school that is to be built.

Contact Keith Pratley Ventnor Rotary Club k-j.pratley@sky.com for details.

FAIR-PLAY ROMANIA  

When a group of Rotarians from the Isle of Wight visited Romania in June to look at a project to bring water to a poor village we also visited an orphanage and home for elderly people who had been evicted from their homes.

The orphanage/home is situated in one of the poorest parts of Constanta and is like a little oasis for the children & people who live there. It is surrounded by 10 story blocks of run down flats.

The centre is run by a husband & wife PAULA&LUCIAN who work very hard to try and improve the lives of all who live and visit the centre.

Here are a few statistics about the centre: It has 73 residential children also 32 daytime teenage children.

Not only do they have the children they also provide 200 pensioners with a free meal every day. This may be the only meal they have each day. When we visited the centre we found a happy clean and bright place well run with friendly people.

To run the centre costs money. Can your club help with a donation?  They have a staff of 3 cooks, 1 cleaning lady, 1 driver, 2 supervisors, 2 teachers and a doctor & social worker attached to look after the old people who are on low retirement salaries.

Since our return we have kept in touch with the centre and have received a number of letters from the children asking us to find pen pals for them.

In the letters they have described how they came to be at the centre and one such story says

My Name is GAVRIS EMILIA I live in Constanta County at Fair-Play  I AM 14 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 7 MONTHS BECAUSE MY FAMILY AND I USED TO STAY IN A HOUSE BELONGING TO THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY THREW US OUT SO MY MOTHER DECIDED TO TAKE US TO THE ORPHANAGE BECAUSE SHE WAS MOVING ON WITH HER LIFE.  SHE GOT MARRIED AGAIN AND HER NEW HUSBAND DID NOT WANT US.

I LIKE IT HERE AT THE ORPHANAGE BECAUSE WE ARE MANY CHILDREN AND I HAVE FRIENDS TO PLAY AND LAUGH WITH AND SOMEONE TO HELP ME IF I NEED THEM.

THE PEOPLE WHO RUN THE ORPHANAGE ARE VERY KIND.  MRS PAULA IS THE NICEST WOMAN I HAVE EVER MET.

WHEN I GROW UP I WANT TO WORK IN THE POST OFFICE SO I KNOW THAT I HAVE TO WORK VERY HARD.

THANK YOU FOR READING MY STORY, WITH LOVE GAVRIS.

This is just one of the stories from the children.

These three projects Heartline in India, the visit to South Africa and the Romania Water Aid Project are new initiatives for District Clubs. Indonesia Tsunami and New Zealand earthquake disasters are work in progress.

 

HAMBLE VALLEY R.C.26/10/10

As every year, we are taking part in the Shoebox Scheme and have distributed leaflets to           the local schools (in conjunction with Hedge End Breakfast Club).  Our members, the Inner Wheel Ladies and friends are also participating actively.

We also have good contacts with local schools for Shelter Box and in September, we made a presentation to an Infant School for their Harvest Festival, at their request.

In July 2010, we bought text books for Malibwe School in rural Northern Tanzania and the ongoing project for the school is to raise funds for solar panels to power a computer.

Donations have started coming in and our Twin club of Nantes-Sur-Loire have offered to help

 

Micro-Credit

The Havant Club co-ordinate the Districts support for this project and a second £5,000 project (by Shanklin Rotary club) is close to completion.  

 CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX SCHEME:

“Arrangements for this year’s District 1110 Christmas Shoebox Scheme continue apace and the omens still look good for another record year so let’s really go for it and see just how many smiles we can put on the faces of needy children this Christmas. The depot – 38 Shed, Test Road, Eastern Docks, Southampton – will be open for clubs to deliver their shoeboxes
throughout the weekends of 6th/7th and 13th/14th November but please don’t forget to phone me for a timed appointment – 023 8070 3271 – before bringing your consignments. Remember too that your consignment should be accompanied by a completed delivery information form and your club’s cheque (payable to “Rotary District 1110 – Shoebox scheme” – to the value of £1 for each shoebox that you deliver.”

A Hidden Gem (Maire Reeves Vectis Sunrise)

This is not just any village Post Office; this is Shorwell Village Post Office on the Isle of Wight where, at this time of year, the interior starts getting darker and darker as the bay windows begin to fill with shoe boxes. Cal and Marian Challener have been supporting the Rotary Shoe Box appeal for years and have so far managed to beat each year’s number collected. Last year the total was 200. Not satisfied with just collecting the boxes, they also check them before they are collected by Rotarians, saving valuable time. They are a very busy couple who support many charities and whilst the shoebox season is underway they are also preparing goodies for their local Christmas Fair.

The Isle of Wight will again be sending its Shoe Boxes to Romania together with humanitarian aid. Contact Phill Ledger Shanklin Club/Bill Wyke for information.

District Christmas Shoebox Scheme.

Almost all Clubs in District are supporting this year’s appeal with boxes again going to Tanzania, Montenegro and Romania. Our Shoe Box co-ordinator is confident we will have another excellent year and exceed last year’s record of over 27,000 Shoeboxes.

IMPACT FOUNDATION:

Working in Bangladesh where some wells are contaminated with arsenic, which occurs naturally. The project uses filings to filter and purify the water. They have a Micro Agriculture project, giving a parcel of land to families and training them to farm it.

 

LITERACY IN A BOX TRUST:

The Trust continues to provide educational supplies to help teachers and pupils in Zambia and in Sub-Sahara Africa.  Zambia is a classic example of a third world country devastated by Aids, ravaged by natural disasters, with much poverty.  Half of the population is under 15 years of age and educational support is limited.  New leaflets and portable collecting boxes were provided for all clubs at the District Assembly.   £10 will help educate one child.

 

The Gravatai 3H Project in Brazil.

A Rotarian Community Corps (which is a group of non-Rotarian volunteers) has recently been established in the area around The River Gravatai and has already been very active in trash gathering and river cleanups. They have also been involved in the distribution of clothing and food in the poor communities.

A 12 page survey completed in the three Cities affected by the river pollution gives grounds for optimism on changes of attitude of the population in the four modules of Education & Awareness, River Cleanup, and Re-forestation of the river and tributary banks and Enforcement of the pollution laws.Considerable progress is being maintained in all aspects of the project, with the final result intended, being the provision of sanitation and fresh drinking water for one million poor people living in the vicinity of the River Gravatai, who currently do not have these essential facilities.

Our District Group Study Exchange Team, who will visit District 4670 in Brazil next April, have been selected, which includes our Club nominee Lara Edwards from The Portsmouth Water Company.  They spoke convincingly at the recent District Conference in Jersey about themselves and their aspirations for the visit and were very well received.  I am convinced that they will be great Ambassadors for the District.

 

USEFUL D1110 INTERNATIONAL AND WORLD COMMUNITY SERVICE CONTACTS

D1110 CHAIRMAN:

Allan Smith (Jersey),   Lynn

h. 01534 780373      e-mail: allan@smithonweb.com

 

LITERACY TRUST

Dennis Meadus (Portsmouth and Southsea)Christine,

h  01329 846612    e-mail d.meadus@btinternet.com

 

ROTARY SHOE BOXES – Nick Barrett (Southampton Clausentum),

h 02380 703271 ,    e-mail –nick1.barrett@talktalk.net

 

ROTARY FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE – Derek Holmes (Havant)Jan

h  02392 465050     e-mail  –    jan@sherlocks.me.uk

 

DISASTER RELIEF: Bill Wyke (Sandown),   Pauline,

h  01983 405471     e-mail wwwyke@tiscali.co.uk

 

WHEELCHAIR FOUNDATION:  Dorothy Dye  (Sandown) 

h  01983 564928      e-mail mailto:dorothy.dye@onetel.com

 

IMPACT FOUNDATION: David Moss (Basingstoke),   Lynette,

h  01256 468923    e-mail  davidlynettemoss@hotmail.com

 

DISASTER BOXES & AQUABOXES EAST – Adrian Edgar (Gosport),   Pamela,

h  02392 582277      e-mail aandpedgar@aol.com

 

AQUABOXES WEST – Brian Nicholson (Gillingham),   Marion,

h  01747 822485         e-mail  – brian@minormedia.co.uk

 

MICRO – CREDIT – Shirley Varnish (Havant),

h 023 9241 2440         e-mail  shirley.varnish@btinternet.com

 

CHANNEL ISLANDS REPRESENTATIVE – Allan Smith (Jersey),   Lynn

h. 01534 780373  e.mail:  allan@smithonweb.com

 

COMMITTEES LIAISON – Maire Reeves (Vectis Sunrise),    Barry

h  01983 527804    e-mail –  maire.m.reeves@btinternet.com

 

D1110 INTERNATIONAL NEWSLETTER – Barry Reeves (Shanklin),    Maire,

h. 01983 527804    e-mail –   b.m.reeves@btinternet.com

 

INTERNATIONAL SECRETARY – Aline Blampied (Hamble Valley)

Mob 07879402053  e-mail – aline044@hotmail.com

Unfortunately there will always be some disaster in the World where people will be in urgent need of one of these boxes. To maintain stocks which can be dispatched as soon as they are required the Rotary co-ordinators need money.  Donations for a full box bear the donor’s name and can be traced to their final destination.

However all the box schemes will be very grateful for any contribution large or small?

Please remember it may be possible to Gift Aid the donation.

Costs quoted are current; however they may vary in the future.

All the disaster box committees work directly with local organisations in countries where disasters have occurred, in partnership with other aid agencies and through the International Rotary network.

Demonstration boxes can be borrowed from the following Rotarians for use at fairs, fetes etc.

West of D1110

Brian Nicholson, Gillingham Rotary Club 01747 822485 has a working aquabox and a shelter box.

East of D1110

Adrian Edgar, Gosport Rotary Club 02392 582277 has a working aquabox, a life box, a shelter box and a water survival box

Isle of Wight

Bill Wyke/Barry Reeves  01983 405471 and 01983 527804 have a working aquabox, a life box, a shelter box and a water survival box

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