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The Rotary Club of Kenilworth has returned from a tour of Guatemala where they visited the Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP). The GLP was initiated in 1998 to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through literacy and education, typically in Mayan communities and is supported by the Kenilworth Rotarians.
With the help of a Rotary Global Grant and a contribution from 115 Rotary clubs and districts, GLP runs programmes which provide text books, scholarships, culture of reading and computer centres. In a convoy of minibuses, the Rotarians and GLP staff visited 15 schools to see presentations on each of the literacy programmes.
At each location, they distributed pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners and the children in turn presented them with hand made gifts. A number of Rotarians were on the visit to maintain contact with students to whom they have committed to supporting in individual schools or by providing scholarships.
John Stanton of the Rotary Club of Kenilworth said: “We visited the Centro Infantil Bellota which our club has supported for several years. It provides early stage learning for underprivileged children and always needs Rotary support. I wanted to see how our money was spent and was very impressed by the smooth efficiency and delivery of the aims of the project. I believe the GLP to be a huge success and worthy of much wider Rotary support."
Littered with old National Geographic magazines, a model volcano, and a solar cooker, Bartholomew Meena’s crammed science room in Machame, Tanzania, captured Amy Kaspar’s heart at first glance.
“He created all the science projects we had from our childhood in one room,” recalls Kaspar, a former Rotary Scholar who’s now a member of the Rotary Club of Capital Square in Ohio. Within those projects, she saw Menna’s passion for his environment and a wealth of unexplored opportunities, particularly the chance to collaborate and study the environmental impact of Mount Kilimanjaro’s melting glaciers.
“I had attended several lectures recently at the center,” Kaspar says. “The thought hit me, shouldn’t the people who live around the mountain know about what is happening and prepare for the changes?”
Kaspar spent the next four years connecting Meena with Ohio State University’s Byrd Polar Research Center, which has been doing cutting edge climate change research. Kaspar’s desire to help Machame matched the Byrd center’s goal of providing more research to local communities where it could do more good. And by utilizing Rotary’s network, she was able to bring Rotary members in Ohio and Machame into the collaboration.
Together, they would teach communities at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro how to adapt to the changing temperatures and precipitation patterns.......
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