Report from the International Service Committee
In 2016/17 we contributed to International Projects with:
– COMMIT a largely self funding group that over (years 2010 to 2017) have raised over $100,000 and run medical and Dental clinics, helped support the orphanage from which they work, supported the local hospitals primarily Nandaime shipped containers of medical and school supplies, supported the schools in two villages with work books , created breakfast programs and music programs in schools, run sewing programs, have drilled 2 wells and built over 30 outhouses in two villages , fixed up a community center in one village for make more multipurpose for clinics and other events, and have conducted courses in first aid. All this done in Nicaragua.
In the spring of 2017 COMMIT became a project under the Rotary Club of Stratford’s Charitable Foundation
– the Barrington Illinois Breakfast Rotary Club project in Guatemala. In this project several soy bean denaturing machines (to make soy beans digestible) will be installed in Communities in Guatemala. Similar machines have been in use in that country for many years and are proven successful in improving local diets – particularly for children.-
– EsArtes is a humanitarian project in Suchitoto, El Salvador which has been operating since 2009.This project, in partnership with Cuso International and the Stratford Festival, allows Canadian volunteers to share their knowledge and mentor youth, teaching them all the skills necessary in theater arts and related trades.
El Salvador is a country riddled with poverty, unemployment and violence who’s current education system has no arts programs. Theater, as a platform of expression, exposes youth to alternatives like anti violence, gender equality and youth inclusion helping them build a culture of co-operation and peace. This project has been very successful in building skills as well as confidence, thus empowering youth to pursue higher education as well as make positive life choices.
In this project we have seen many youth rise above their circumstance to become leaders in their families and communities, well on their way to making a difference in the world.
– purchase of Solar Power batteries in a project recommended by Dr Hawkes a University Professor and Medical Doctor from Calgary. This has lead to a much larger project for Solar powered Oxygen Generators in Hospitals in Butembo, The Democratic Republic of Congo which is at time of writing just about ready for a funding application in co-operation with the Rotary Club of Butembo Semuliki to Rotary International.
-tHomes for Hope who are a self funding group in South Western Ontario who construct homes from prefabricated material in Las Lajas, El Salvador– 34 in this last building period and the money will go towards financing medical services for the coffee co-op they assist
– Rotary Club of Grand Bend to help pay for the transport of a container of books desks and many other educational materials to South African Rotary Club for distribution as part of their Global Literacy Project. We have extended the same assistance in previous years as that Club has sent many containers.