International – Brian Hodgson ( C), Warwick Bisley ( PC), Paul Martin, Cliff Riseborough, John Sanders, John Hasan, Max McWilliam, Neil Tassell.
Calm, strong and consistent response needed in Nepal
By now, most of us in Australia are familiar with the devastation wrought by earthquake in the Nepal area on April 25th. Our television and radio news have repeated many instances of the difficulties faced within this area shocked and flattened by a 9.7 rs quake.
The Rotary Club of Healesville has been associated with this area for a number of years now and our work with the Women’s Foundation of Nepal as the basis of one of our original RAWCS projects has brought to our club a deeper understanding of the culture and the difficulties faced by these people and now faced with loss of thousands of lives and loss of shelter and food.
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Rotary Club of Wandin Project in Taveuni
At the start of the 2013/14 Rotary Year the Rotary Club of Wandin was looking for an International project and learned of the project opportunities available through the efforts of Art Building Childrens Dreams Inc, (ABCD Inc) a body sponsored by the Rotary Club of Templestowe. As a result Wandin selected a project involving the school at Niusawa on the Island of Taveuni, Fiji. Taveuni has a population of around 15,000 of mostly subsistence farmers and the Rotary Club of Taveuni has been a strong sponsor of projects on the Island, including at several schools. Wandin’s project would have a host Rotary club with a track record of implementing projects, so the planned project would likely proceed smoothly.
The first phase of the project was to raise funds to sponsor 23 pre-school students for the 2014 calendar year, with the funds to cover tuition, uniforms, books, stationary and other school supplies. Wandin was able to identify individual sponsors for each of these students. The funds were sent to Taveuni via RAWCS.
The second phase of the project was to raise funds to build a preschool on the Niusawa school site which had no pre school facilities; and to send eight Rotarians to Taveuni in June 2014 to help with the construction of the building. Through ABCD, Deakin University was invited to participate as part of their Global Citizenship program. The University and the 11 students who also travelled to Fiji raised about 40% of the required funds, with Wandin raising the balance.
The Taveuni Club has a small team of builders and in May 2014 they installed the concrete slab followed by the frame and roofing so that work by the visiting Rotarians could continue in the event of rain. By the time the Wandin team arrived much of the wall cladding was also tacked into place. The Wandin team included Gavin McIntyre, a professional builder, and set about the task with vigour. Within the twelve days on Taveuni the team completed the construction and most of the final coats of paint. The Deakin team overlapped with the Rotarians for one day and set about completing the painting including murals, landscaping, and spending quality time with the preschool children. The children bonded with the students very readily – a smaller age gap than with the Rotarians present!
The sincere appreciation from the children, parents, and teachers was heart warming, much of it being expressed in song and dance. While they clearly were the primary beneficiaries of the project, each Rotarian benefitted – through bonding as a team; through the sense of accomplishment; with a greater insight of life in a remote part of Fiji and an appreciation of the things we take for granted in Australia. We would strongly recommend undertaking an ABCD Inc project to any Rotary Club looking for an international project.