We believe that international outreach is an important part of Peachland Rotary activities. Here are our current activities:
We instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.
Each box supplies an extended family with a large tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.
Our Peachland Club members give their heartfelt thanks to the public for their generous donations at our annual summer Peace Concerts. We are all just ordinary people in a small community helping people in desperate need far away in the global community. Rotary is the catalyst in making things happen. View the recent letter from ShelterBox from the donations collected at the 2018 Peace Concerts.
Peachland Rotary has sponsored 43 Shelter Boxes at a total cost of over $ 45,000 all of which have been deployed in disaster areas around the World.
Miraj Project in India
Our club provided funds to help the Rotary Club of Summerland with their international project in India. Their objective is to make the dilapidated Miraj High School safe and operational again and provide for sustainable clean water, sanitation and improved education. The Miraj School has about 1200 students and caters to the needs of the very poor in the community. The Rotary Club of Ichalkaranji Textile City in India is a partner. They need to raise about US$ 40,000 to make this project a reality. That is only US$ 35 per child. Here are some recent photos in December 2019.
School Library at Colonia Volcanes in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Colonia Volcanes is a very poor community located near Puerto Vallarta. The Rotary Club of Puerto Vallarta Sur has been supporting the local school by providing English and Computer lessons. The final element of their project is the establishment of a school library for which they looked for partners. View their newsletters here as well as past newsletters.
Supported by a District Grant and in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Saskatoon, Sask., our club provided funding for this ambitious project. The result is a library that not only serves the school but also the small community. The library consists of two adjoining rooms of which one is used to house the books and the other functions as reading and community meeting/training room. Click on a thumbnail photo below to enlarge it for viewing.
Check out a PDF Presentation on our Volcanes-Education-Project
We want to especially direct your attention to the history of the scholarship program in the September newsletter (page 4). The program started 8 years ago with 6 students. Now Rotarians from all over support 70 students, many of them attending University! Yes, we can be an inspiration and change the world, one student at the time!
Classroom Furniture and Equipment for Grade 5 Students of the Avchen Abigail Mercy Academy in Kenya
Hands Up For Africa is a Canadian organization that supports a school for street children located in the Kajiado District of Kenya. The driving force behind the school is Elizabeth Mwangi (Mama Mercy) a community leader who has formed a partnership with Hands Up For Africa.
Our first project supplies furniture and equipment for a new classroom that is being built at the school. The donation will buy desks (16), a teacher’s desk and chair, shelves, a labtop computer, text books, writing materials and other paraphernalia for the students and teacher. The project will also provide creative/play-based classroom supplies and physical education kits such as soccer balls for 18 students.
Solar Panels for 6 Elementary Schools on Remote Islands of the Philippines
On many remote islands of the Philippines exist schools that do not have access to electricity. This cuts the time when the children can learn to just the daylight hours. At times of poor weather, these schools are cut off from the rest of the school district and teachers cannot even re-charge their laptops.
In co-operation with the Rotary Club of Infanta, Quezon, and Rotary District 5060, our club has raised funds to provide solar panels for six schools. Installation of the panels is currently underway. Our project will bring light to approximately 1,500 school children.
Other International Projects Involvement
- Polio Plus Program – ongoing donations toward the worldwide eradication of Polio
- Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief – A one time joint funding assistance along with 8 other clubs in District 5060
- Inchalkaranji Textile City, India – Joint project building toilet blocks in schools led by the Rotary Club of Kelowna