Sustainable Communities Cambodia
The Rotary Club of Balwyn provided funds to de-silt an ancient water storage in the Varin area of Cambodia, to allow stocking with fish, thus making it a commercial sustainable project. The proposed arrangements were discussed with community leaders in a meeting that lasted over two hours. They understood and agreed with the concept, but were concerned that theft of fish by locals was likely. They proposed a regime of night-time security patrols to overcome this problem.
The proceeds from the sale of fish will be used to both pay down the community loan and be invested in the community for the benefit of the community.
- Fijian Kindergarten
Tue 30th Oct
The cyclone proof kindergarten funded to the extent of $A30,000 by Balwyn is still on schedule with work being strictly supervised to Cat 5 standard. At this stage the Opening Ceremony is to be held on Friday 23 Nov. Rob Cromb MD of Kookai will be there at the Opening. If any members are at all interested in coming to the ceremony let me know so that arrangements can be made. KATALYST FOUNDATION (Charity arm of Kookai Aust)
- Box Hill Mini Rail October Public Run Day
Mon 29th Oct
The October Public Run Day was assisted by Rotary Club members performing Kiosk, platform and gate duties. A major feature of the day was a party in the private BBQ area for Police Legacy. Organised by Stephen Dowling, the party attracted a large number of legatees and carers who enjoyed a BBQ, treats and Mini Rail rides. A minor incident on the day was quickly resolved, and Mini Rail attendees enjoyed the good weather and contributed to gate takings totaling $4,600. Many thanks for the assistance of David Hattam, Brian McGuinness, Chris Finley, Ian Davidson, Michael Curry, Ian Ridd, Stephen Dowling, Fred Gibbs, Tony O'Brien and Ann Ballard. The Mini Rail runs on the 3rd Sunday of every month except for December (2nd Sunday) from 11am to 4pm.
- KEEPING GIRLS IN CLASS—ONE PAD AT A TIME
Tue 13th Nov
Girls living in poverty in Africa often miss up to a week of school every month once they reach puberty because of their menstrual period. The reason for their absence from school is multifactorial and includes lack of appropriate sanitary products and cultural beliefs associated with menstruation. This absence severely affects their education as schools are seldom responsive to the situation and offer little or no opportunity for the young women to catch up the work they miss. Global School Partners (GSP) ran a trial Young Women’s Program in 2017 in three schools and an orphanage and the program reduced absenteeism due to menstruation by an average of 88%; it increased understanding of menstruation as a natural part of a women’s life and increased the self confidence and wellbeing of the young women involved. GSP have partnered with Pad Heaven who manufacture the washable sanitary pads and have developed the education and training program and resources. Pad Heaven is a Kenyan solution developed by a Kenyan entrepreneur for Kenyan women. The Rotary Club of Balwyn has provided funds towards this valuable initiative.