• Rotary Year: 2013-2014
  • Application Date: 4/15/2013
  • Club Name: Montgomery County
  • Project Name: Books for Haiti
  • Project Total Expenditures: $5,873.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $2,936.44
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Ecole Philadelphie or School of Philadelphia in Mirebalais, Haiti, opened shortly after the 2010 earthquake and almost immediately reached an enrollment of over 100 students. The growth has continued and the school now serves nearly 200 students. For more than a year, the school operated in tents and with a volunteer teaching staff. Substantial progress has been made including regularly-paid teacher salaries and the opening of a three-room school house. Funds for the salaries and the construction have been led by a new Montgomery County Rotary Club member Steve Skripak. Club members Bryan Cloyd and Reed Kennedy have also visited the site. Cloyd has led the effort to construct another school in the village of Ti Peligre, which now serves about 400 students. The school is presently in need of educational materials written in French. At present, teachers have only minimal formal materials and do most work on chalkboards and in notebooks. This grant will supply the necessary books and materials for one year. In order to support the local economy and eliminate shipping costs, we will purchase books locally. The school has created a list of items to fully outfit the students for one year (see Budget page for detail) which will cost approximately $5,873. For more background, please see the school website: www.ecolephiladelphia.org
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 7/1/2013
  • Expected End Date: 9/1/2013
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Books and school supplies are needed to improve the value of the education that the children receive. Approximately 200 children will be served. This primary education for children, most of whom are 14 years old or younger, not only improves their individual lives but also educates the next generation of the community. With an education these children will strengthen their community and local economy. Purchase of books and materials locally support the local economy today and support the teachers currently working at the school as well.
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians from the RC of Montgomery County and RC of Blacksburg will work together to raise a portion of the funds for this project. The clubs will also reach out to others--Rotary, Interact and Rotaract clubs and other civic groups in our area and district--to educate them on the need and to work to build relationships that will lead to future cooperation on joint-projects to benefit the people of Haiti. RC of Montgomery Co and RC of Blacksburg will create a subcommittee of their World Community Service committees to work together on future projects.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: We will publicize our work in the district, using social media, local newspapers and submit a cooperative article to RI showing how working together to accomplish goals can be successful. We will work to establish a relationship with the RC of Mirebalais, the recipient school and a faith organization. Blacksburg United Methodist church serves as the financial intermediary for US originating donations to the school and many of its members are among the past and present donors. They have been instrumental in funding teacher salaries and building the 3 room school house and some of their members have been on site several times during the last 3 years. This existing relationship helps to insure the integrity of this project and provides local opportunities to share this project with our community and with our Rotary district. A plaque with the names of our clubs and the Rotary emblem, supplied by the two cooperating Virginia Clubs, will be designed and delivered to the school acknowledging Rotary for their support and contributions.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Blacksburg United Methodist Church
    RC of Mirebalais
    Ecole Philadelphia
    *Letters of Support are forthcoming from RC of Mirebalais and Blacksburg United Methodist Church
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Rotary Grant Support Letter Ecole Philadelphia.docx
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee attached budget
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee attached budget
  • Budget Upload:Budget Template-Books for Haiti.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Reed Kennedy
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: World Community Service Committee
  • Primary Contact Email: kennedyr@vt.edu
  • Primary Contact Phone: (540) 231-2156
  • Financial Contact Name: Bryan Cloyd
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Member
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    PO Box 11447
    Blacksburg, VA 24060 View on Map
  • Financial Contact Email: bcloyd@vt.edu
  • Financial Contact Phone: (540) 231-3181
  • District Grant Project Authorization LetterMontgomery Co RC Authorization.pdf, RC of Blacksburg Authorization.pdf
  • Project Supporting Uploads:school.JPG, Book List for Grant - English.docx