• Winner: WINNER
  • Date: 1/30/2014
  • Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Award Category: International Service
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NamePaula Alston
  • Address: 
    325 Diamond Ave
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
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  • Email: palston@mfrl.org
  • Brief Description: 
    We contributed $3000 to the Rotary Global Grant #25176 to provide clean water and sanitation to villages in Ghana. The project was begun in 2012 and was completed in 2013.

    We assisted the RC of Rocky Mount with $1,500 to drill wells in South Sudan. Their clean water projects have provided so much benefit to several countries in Africa and we have thrilled to be but a small part of their ongoing effort.

    We contributed four Shelter Boxes to the Philippines to provide shelter and necessities after their typhoon last fall.

    We finalized Rotary Matching Grant #77582 to supply books, computer equipment, and educational supplies to the OMNI School in Copperbelt, Zambia.

    We worked collaboratively with RC of Montgomery County and RC of Mirebalais to supply books and supplies to the Ecole Philadelphia in Mirabalais, Haiti. The school was devastated during the 2010 earthquake. We are working to foster a stronger relationship with the RC of Mirebalais to do additional work.

    We provided 100 lights (United to Light) to a member who delivered them to Othakarhaka Charity Foundation in Mulanje, Malawi. Electricity is not reliable so many children are only able to read and study when the sun it up. The solar powered lights provide light after dark so the children are able to continue their studies.
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    80% of the club membership worked together to raise money through fundraisers so that we can use it on international projects. Our World Community Service Committee had an annual budget of around $10,500 and club treasury provided additional funds of $3,000 to Shelter Box and Polio Plus.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    We have a greater understanding of what type of aid is effective and how to accomplish it in Ghana, South Sudan, Zambia and Haiti. We know that simply giving money or what is convenient to donate will not necessarily help or be there next year. We have discovered that good intentions are not always associated with an improved outcome. Finding out the best means of communication with international partners is important to the relationship and project success.

    The people of Ghana and South Sudan have benefited by having a safe clean water source that will prevent water borne diseases as well as helping detect the early signs of those with the Buruli Ulcer and initiating treatment.

    Children in Zambia benefit from learning to read from textbooks in both English and their native language. Purchasing supplies in country help the general population through increased revenue.

    Children of Mirabalais, Haiti were supplied books and supplies and thereby more children could attend school. Money was raised to send 4 Shelterboxes to the Philippines during their recent devastation from a deadly typhoon. Finally solar powered lights were given to children in Malawi allowing them to study and work in the home past sundown.
  • Additional Material or Information #1: 
    This document is a collage of photos from Zambia showing some items that were purchased and the school.
  • 1st Supporting Document: 
    International Service Supplement.pdf