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    Default Lasting Lessons - Rotary Foundation Projects

    Teaching a man to fish – and providing the rod, bait, and boat – is one way to carry out a sustainable project. The new global grants, part of The Rotary Foundation’s Future Vision Plan, require that projects keep on giving, long after the funds run out.

    Sustainable efforts also should help as many people as possible, respect the environment and local culture, involve grassroots organizations such as Rotary Community Corps, seek input from those served, and pass on the lessons learned. All clubs and districts should emphasize training and the exchange of information so communities can maintain results and solve problems on their own. Get ideas from these successful efforts, each funded by the Foundation.

    Taking care of orphans in Kenya

    The Rotary clubs of Nairobi-South, Kenya, and West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, are helping children orphaned by HIV/AIDS in two Kenyan villages by boosting living conditions for everyone. The project is improving the water supply, health care services, agricultural practices, and educational opportunities, which will enable families to foster or adopt the children.
    What makes it sustainable: Villagers pay a small fee for water, and the funds are collected for community development. New irrigation systems have increased crop production, and now families have enough food for themselves and to sell in the market.

    Feeding children in Romania

    Heifer International helped the Rotary clubs of Cluj Napoca, Romania, and Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, provide cows to farmers in Romania. Milk and meat from the animals feed children in need, and other cows are sold for income. Funding for the project ended in 2006, but more than 5,000 children continue to benefit every year.
    What makes it sustainable: Each family who received a cow was required to donate the first female calf to another family and slaughter the first male calf to provide protein to children in special education schools, orphanages, and pediatric hospitals. Additional offspring breed, and the cycle continues.

    Spreading literacy in the Philippines

    Rotarians from districts 3800 (Philippines) and 2680 (Japan) worked together to continue a literacy program that began eight years ago in the Metro Manila area. The effort uses the concentrated language encounter (CLE) method to teach English to primary school students. (English and Filipino, based on Tagalog, are the nation’s two official languages.) The CLE method, developed by Rotarians, is used worldwide to provide literacy instruction in multiple languages.
    What makes it sustainable: Teachers are developing a manual tai-lored to their culture by using data collected from programs in four Metro Manila cities. The manual will make it easier to train other teachers in the CLE method.

    Improving the lives of the Batwa in Uganda

    The Batwa, a Pygmy tribe in Uganda, are establishing a new livelihood with help from the Rotary clubs of Kabale, Uganda, and Nevada City, California, USA. The Batwa were expelled from their traditional hunting grounds when the area, home to rare mountain gorillas, was named a World Heritage site. Rotarians are showing the tribe how to identify clean water sources and build latrines. They are also teaching tribe members to raise goats.
    What makes it sustainable: The clean water sources will be maintained by members of the the Batwa tribe and Rotary Community Corps. Milk, cheese, and meat from the goats will provide food and can be sold for additional income.

    Making farming more profitable in India

    The Rotary clubs of Delhi South Metropolitan, India, and Calgary Heritage Park, Alberta, Canada, are helping residents of 40 villages in Uttarakhand expand their arable land and shift from traditional to more profitable crops. Instead of wheat and barley, farmers are planting cauliflower, peas, broccoli, and tomatoes, as well as fruit and nut trees. They are also benefiting from better water management with the construction of irrigation channels and rainwater harvesting.
    What makes it sustainable: Teaching more profitable farming techniques will provide additional income. New local community groups are undergoing training to assume responsibility for the projects.

    Improving water and sanitation in Honduras

    Bio-sand water filters, biodigesters, and Justa stoves are providing safe water, better waste management, and cleaner cooking techniques to more than 16,000 people in El Merendón Reserve near San Pedro Sula, Honduras. The Rotary clubs of Usula, Honduras, and Plymouth, Michigan, USA, cosponsored the project.
    What makes it sustainable: Rotarians and several local nonprofit organizations helped communities secure microcredit funding and offer follow-up technical assistance and training.

    by Susie O. Ma
    The Rotarian -- November 2010
    Last edited by markhon; 12-02-2010 at 01:12 PM.
    There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. John Adams (1735-1826)


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