• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/29/2016
  • Rotary Year: 2015-2016
  • Award Category: International Service
  • Club NameWarren County
  • Member First NameBrian
  • Address: 
    PO BOX 702
    Front Royal, VA 22630
    United States View on Map
  • Email: bbarbour@rma.edu
  • Brief Description: 
    The Rotary Club of Warren County partners with the RC of Rio de Janeiro to affect the lives of socially vulnerable women and children in the first two listed projects:

    Creating Women Entrepreneurs: Donated $1,000 toward a global grant to provide training for 120 women in five favelas (slums) to develop and operate a new business. The training and support provides women the economic and decision making skills to create new businesses and opportunities for income generation.

    Projeto Uere - Provided $2,000 for food pantry at Projeto Uere, a school located in Favela Mare, the largest favela (slum) in Rio. The school is a model for teaching methods addressing emotional/learning disabilities of children of poverty. The RCWC has supported the school since 2006. The children, some whose sole source of food is at school, receive three meals daily.

    Hands Across the Waters: Provided $1,000 toward a Rainwater Harvesting water project grant in Israel. Ten project schools near Lod, Israel, have Rainwater Harvesting Systems installed. While learning about agriculture, irrigation, water conservation and reclamation, the students of very diverse cultures, beliefs and backgrounds are learning the interconnectedness of shared resources.

    Liberian Orphan Education Project (LOEP): LOEP provides professional development for teachers; school supplies; textbooks; and supplementary reading materials to orphans and vulnerable children in Liberia. The RCWC collected several tubs of school supplies to support these children and teachers. The “Classroom in a Box” contains many of the materials needed for both students and teachers. In addition, RCWC provided sanitizers (including 46 bottles of bleach) and other items for clinical comfort kits to combat the Ebola outbreak

    Malawi Pill Bottle Project: Many Malawi citizens find themselves with nothing except torn pieces of paper in which to wrap medicine. Too often this is seen in rural hospitals and villages where the poorest of the nation live and try to survive. RCWC members collected and shipped 900 clean empty pill bottles. Donations were also made by other local organizations.

    Stop Hunger Now: For the 6th year, RCWC and RMA Interactors donated money and helped Area 1 package 30,000+ meals to help alleviate hunger.

    Exchange Student: Sponsored Therese de Halleux from Belgium in 2015-16.

    Caribbean School Partnership: Working with Rotary Clubs in District 7570 and Zone 33 in the Caribbean (Negril Rotary Club, Jamaica) to provide tooth brushes and dental kits to school aged children.

    Donations: 3/1/15-2/1/16: Shelter Box: $1,000 Polio Plus: $1926 TRF: $7913
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    Women Entrepreneurs AND Projeto Uere - 80% participation (thru fundraising activities). In June 2015, two members traveled to Rio to meet with Rotarians, and visit the two projects. They met the head for the Empowering Women’s training and the Director of Projeto Uere to receive updates. The members reported back to the Club.

    Hands Across the Water. 80% participation (thru fundraising activities).

    LEOP School Supplies - 80% of our members donated school supplies and bleach to address the Ebola crisis. The project leader coordinated the delivery with LEOP staff.

    Malawi Pill Bottle Project: 70% of our members collected and donated empty pill bottles. The nationwide 1 million bottle goal was met in December.

    Exchange Student : 100% Two Rotarians are Hosts and one serves as her Counselor. All Club Member interact with Terese at regular weekly meetings.

    Stop Hunger Now: 80% members and 100% RMA Interactors contribute with money and/or work.

    Caribbean School Partnership: 100% thru fundraising activities. Kathy Kanter (AG – Area Two) reported to the club about the projects developments. Woodstock President Tim Carter will give a club program about the project.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    Women Entrepreneur empowers 120 women in poor communities to create income by running their own business, and meeting community needs. This project changes public image of the slum to a place where businesses can flourish. Graduates can achieve economic autonomy in terms of management and income, affecting living conditions of women. These 120 plus the previous 60 women who were trained will have a significant impact on five communities. (Pic)

    Projeto Uere provides education and food for 400 underprivileged children daily. Food enhances their learning ability – without it they cannot concentrate on school work.

    Hands Across the Water program engages the school’s faculty and students in on-going collaborative activities, jointly working toward the goal of protecting their shared environment. Working together breaks down barriers between the cultures of the 10 schools (Arab Israeli/Palestinian and Jewish) and furthering peace .

    LEOP: 63 LEOP teachers work directly with hundreds of children who benefit from the school supplies. The sanitizing supplies for the classrooms and hand washing stations help control Ebola.

    Malawi Pill Bottle Project helps families in this third world country keep their medicines clean, out of reach of small children, and safe while they are being used. Over 1 million bottles were collected nationwide.

    Stop Hunger Now: Area 1 Stop Hunger Now packaged 30,000+ meals. RCWC and RMA Interact participated in that event.

    Exchange Student: Both our club and Terese have benefitted from learning about each other cultures.

    Caribbean School Partnership: Student attending school in impoverished areas now receive dental care and have the tools to maintain dental hygiene.
  • Additional Material or Information #1: 
    The pdf file "International Service PICTURES" contains some photographs of our various International Projects with captions.
  • 1st Supporting Document: 
    International Service PICTURES.pdf