Major Project - A.R.E.S.
AFRICAN RUGGEDIZED EDUCATION SYSTEM
This has been our major international project for 2016/2017
 
This computer system consists of a server box loaded with public domain reference information from Ted Talks, Khan Academy, universities, medical sites, Kenya school curriculum, British grade curriculum, downloadable books and educational videos. It is a closed system with no access to the Internet - protecting the students from unwanted online predators.
 
The  server box is accessed by chrome books that are stored in the schools in a secured location.
 
The project involved the delivery and set-up of the computerized education system for two schools in Kenya. It included team members from 2 NGOs Tambo Trading of Bellingham, Afretech Aid of North Delta and Rotarians from  three  Rotary clubs (Chilliwack Fraser, Bellingham and North Delta).  We received a district grant of $5000 to match our clubs financial contribution of $5000 which amounted to a  $10,000. investment in the futures of hundreds of school children in Kenya.
 
 All travel and accommodation was the responsibility of team members and technical hardware (chrome books, servers, battery packs, projectors etc.) were carried in team members baggage so ALL Rotary funds provided were used for the cost of goods and local Kenyan support team expenses. The introduction of ARES to the Tigithi Boys School in the Nanyuki area would be followed by a similar process at an elementary school in the Nakuru area.
 
Teachers get their first introduction to A.R.E.S.
 
 
Students are waiting with great anticipation to get their first look!
 
 
Hands On!!
 
 
Days for Girls
Our seventh international project was a donation of $150 to the local Chilliwack Days for Girls organization.
 
This group of local women meet monthly to sew feminine hygiene products which are then distributed throughout six continents! So far over 400,000 girls and young women have received these hand-made kits.  Our $150 donation enabled the purchase of a particular type of fabric , and the next shipment of 300 kits will leave for Kenya in August.
 
Pictured is Chilliwack local volunteer Laura Peters, leader of the Chilliwack Chapter of Days for Girls.
 
 
Micro Finance Loans in Africa
Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club made three contributions in Kenya and Tanzania
 
The first was a cheque for $275 to Merina, who is a woman in her mid 30's who has been operating her beauty salon for 6 years and works 14 hours a day to support her family in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania
 
 
Our second contribution was $250 to the Kisima Womans group in Kabarbesi Village  of Baringo County west of Nanyuki in Kenya. The women raise poultry and make baskets. This will help in the purchase of goods and produce to resell and for equipment used for such things as water collection and crop harvesting.
 
 
The third loan is to Mildred in the Kitale area of Kenya for the purchase of Fruits and Vegetables for her grocery store.  It was made with the proceeds from the first $35  repayment of Merina’s loan made a month earlier.
 
 
Goats for Haiti
We provided the funds to purchase two goats for villagers in a remote area of Haiti. A local registered Canadian charity, Hungry for Life International which is based in Chilliwack made the trip to Haiti and while there purchased goats for about $125 on our behalf to give to the local villagers.
 
Clean Water in the Philippines
Our club added funds to a clean water project initiated by the Gustine Rotary Club of California and the Pag-Asa Davao Club in the Philippines. Our $2400 contribution (which included a matching grant) filled the short fall in their $50,000  effort to supply 570 new biosand clean water systems and 20 Composting Toilets in the Marilog District of the Philippines.
 
ShelterBox for Sri Lanka

ShelterBox is a international disaster relief charity committed to ensuring that no family goes without shelter…and Rotary is their partner in this global project.

 

ShelterKits contain a selection of materials, including toolkits, ropes, fixings and heavy-duty tarpaulins, that can be used to make emergency shelters, repair damaged buildings and create the foundations for new homes. They are customized to suit the location and needs of the community.

 

This month (May 2017) ShelterBox distributed 1,000 ShelterKits in Mozambique after Cyclone Dineo caused widespread devastation to many rural areas.

 

Our Chilliwack Fraser Rotary Club donated a ShelterBox which was given to a family in Sri Lanka.

The sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.
Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma.

 

The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.

 
Lima, Peru
In 2015, our club's International Service committee chair, Doug Stilling, travelled to Villa El Salvador, a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Lima, Peru. Our club funded the construction of a new roof for a local daycare centre and is currently working to establish a micro-financing project to help local artisans start-up their businesses. To many, the daycare may not look like much more than a garden shed, but to the 40-50 children the program serves the building provides shelter and safety.