• Winner: WINNER
  • Rotary Year: 2012-2013
  • Award Category: World Community Service (discontinued)
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NameMark
  • Address: 
    1208 Fredrick St
    Pulaski, VA 24301
    United States View on Map
  • Email: mhamric@vcom.vt.edu
  • Brief Description: 
    We applied for and were granted Haiti Matching Grant #78226 for $52,650 to build two pedestrian bridges at Maissade & Jeremie-Moron in Haiti and a $14,665 Matching Grant to supply books and computers and other teaching aides to Orphan Medical Network International’s George School for orphans in Ndola, Zambia.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    Worked with Bridges To Prosperity (B2P) to write grant and initiate Rotary trip to visit Haitian bridge sites. Will administer the grant, provide accounting and publicize it through articles, presentations and website. ~300 hours service.

    In Zambia, RC of Blacksburg will:
    • Communicate with RC of Ndola to receive updates, progress reports and photos
    • Publicize information in local media, web and facebook pages, club display and club/community
    • Plan visit to meet RC Ndola members to foster a long-term relationship
    • Karen ReMine of OMNI presented at our club
    • BHS Interact wrote letters to 232 students and sent funds for bread/fruit
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    We have experienced the benefits of international friendships between Rotarians in the U.S., Haiti and Zambia. Through our international work, we have increased our knowledge of education in Zambia, grown our cultural understanding of villages in Haiti and Zambia and felt the reciprocal impacts of goodwill from nation to nation. We have written articles and have information posted on Facebook, our website, in weekly bulletins and included in our club’s display. This furthers the reach of Rotary. Our club members have relationships with the site manager of B2P Haiti (Tyler Welsh-http://bridgestoprosperity.org/staff/tyler-welsh/) and he has spoken at our club many times. Karen ReMine, of OMNI (http://omnimissions.com/site/about_us/), has visited and told us of conditions in Zambia and the success of the George School for Orphans. Both projects have an educational component—Haitians learning to build bridges and maintain them; Zambian children learning to read from textbooks in both a native language Bembe and English. Purchasing supplies ‘in country’ helps the general population by increasing revenues.

    People living in the villages of Haiti raise their standard of living by increased access to medical care, schools and markets. They are able to travel safely during the wet seasons and have a sense of pride and ownership since they were part of the experience of creating a bridge.
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