International Rotary News

Car for Ethiopia

In May 2018 we joined forces with HALE and donated £3000 to a their project to bring a car to the Gondar region of Ethiopia

The car will be used to allow Mental Health Nurses to reach out into the wider Community of Gondar.

Our donation was made up of £2000 form our Christmas Tree Sale proceeds and £1000 from Rotary Foundation, the official Charity of Rotary.

The pictures show the car with our stickers on before if left for Ethiopia and a Thank You card depicting the region it will be used in.

The vehicle chosen was one that we know can be readily serviced and repaired in country.

August 2018

Kids Aid Tanzania

Kids Aid Tanzania + 20 Rotary Clubs + Rotary Foundation Equals A New Pre-School for 50 children in Busisi

Etwall & Hilton Burns Night Fundraiser helped with £1750 towards the building of this school

The Busisi Story

In 2005, whilst volunteering at the Hisani orphanage in Mwanza two of our Trustees came across a little pre-school being run by Ester and David Madulu. They had set it up in a half finished building which they rented to provided education for the children in their locality

Although they charged a small fee they did not turn any child away whose parents were unable to afford it. Over succeeding years KAT would visit them and make small donations of books, blackboards and chairs.

In 2012 we paid for Ester to become a government-recognised pre-school teacher. The photos below show her as she began the year's course and after qualification.

The pre-school in Mwanza continued for a further year and then we lost sight of them as their landlord had re-possessed the building they used and which they also lived in. Two years later we found that they had moved to Busisi, a rural area about 20 miles away. They had rented a half-finished building and were running another pre-school which had attracted some 25 children and was growing

The building did not have any toilets and so KAT supporters raised money to build some on the understanding that the landlord would remit the rent until they had been paid for. At the same time KAT took the decision to buy a plot of land in Busisi and to raise the money to build a permanent pre-school and teacher's house.

Ilkeston Rotary Club, a small Club which has channelled its international giving through KAT for the past 8 years, decided to take up the project and got permission to circulate all Clubs in Rotary District 1220 to ask for their support. 20 Clubs responded. They also obtained a grant from the Rotary Foundation. Building began in January 2017 and in April the children were able to move in. The money for the playground equipment was raised by Anna McArdle (aged 11) who had visited the old school in Busisi in 2016

June 2017