Rotary Foundation - February 2018

Rotary Foundation:  Local Grant Update
Vietnam Global Project Update:  Past District Governors (PDGs) Sieglinde and Larry Warren visited our project providing safe water, hygienic latrine and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training to the ethnic minority in Huong Nguyen commune, A Luoi, Vietnam.
Our $5000 in District Designated Funds (DDF) combined with three other districts including partner PDG Do Nguyen from District 6600 was matched by The Rotary Foundation by $32,000 and generated the $71,000 needed for this project.
New Vietnam Global Project: Our District, with Sieglinde’s assistance, is taking the lead in another project for the children in this area designed to introduce the concept of classroom-based library; to promote English learning; to train teachers, librarians, educators, and students how to best use of classroom-based library; and to use books effectively. This will involve 194 classes in 16 elementary schools with the total of 25 branches. There are 4027 elementary students in the Cam Lo District.
Cam Lo is one of the most disadvantaged districts in the province in terms of poverty. All communes in the district are accessible by road; however, the roads between the villages are still very poor. It commonly takes hours to walk from a commune center to a village.
Rotary Foundation:  Global Grant Update
As a reminder the District Rotary Foundation Committee has approved Global Grants for several international projects this year. We would like all clubs and individual members to consider supporting these projects. Donors will receive a tax-deductible receipt and donations count towards Paul Harris Fellow status.
Vietnam Educational Program - Classroom-Based Library for Elementary Schools in Cam Lo, Quang Tri, Vietnam: Basic education and literacy. This is the area that we have provided safe water and sanitation. More than 4000 elementary students will benefit from this program. PDG  Sieglinde Warren
Oholi STEM Program - Funds will create a mini science center to assist STEM education by providing equipment and education to children in the Oholi village where no science educational tools are available promoting the concept ‘Learning by Doing'. This is the village where we placed a water well this past year freeing up children to learn rather than carry water all day. PDG Meena Patel
School Sanitation in Chennai, India - Assist in providing sanitation facilities in 32 schools in Madras Coromandel, India, which are being rebuilt with 19 partner clubs. PDG George Hays
Assist Acid Attack Survivors in Uganda - Concentrated sulfuric acid is inexpensive weapon used in premeditated attacks leaving hundreds of women physically, psychologically, and socially scarred. Julia Wetstein of the Warren club.
Children Safe Uganda – Children Safe Uganda is a child and community development organization and funds will provide vocational support for students - Kathleen Musso of the Steubenville club.
APPROVED FOR $60,602 - Central American Medical Outreach (CAMO) - Funds will provide state-of-the-art basic, advanced, pediatric, and neonatal life support education and equipment including manikins to train trainers, medical professionals, and first-responders in Honduras - Becky Jewel of the Orville club.
SUBMITTED FOR $36,225 - Mekong Delta, Vietnam - Empowerment of young women through education in the prevention of trafficking. SPDG Sieglinde Warren, Do Nguyen D6600.
SUBMITTED FOR $38,496 - Ahmadnagar Agriculture Equipment Bank - Funds will assist farmers cultivating land in Ahmadnagar, India. PDG Meena Patel
SUBMITTED FOR $51,399 – St Thomas Boys & Girls Club Van –15 passenger van for 50-60 members of the Boys & Girls Club of St Thomas for transporting students to educational activities and community service projects. Currently participants are paying taxis for these activities causing a financial burden on their families.  Jim Gill of the Dover club.
Thank you for your consideration. Please feel free to email or call me with questions/concerns.
Peter Apicella, M.D., DRFC
330-207-0500 (cell)