International and Foundation.
District 1010 Matching Grant.
Just over 12 months ago the Rotary Club of West Fife was successful in applying for matched funding for a project in Malawi. This was supported by the Rotary Club of Limbe and Renewable Malawi(Renema).
The object of the exercise was literally to take light where only poor light previously existed. Only about 9% of the Malawian population have access to electricity. As a result kerosene is used for lamps along with candles. Often the kerosene is purchased far from the home , resulting in long walks carrying the fuel. Burning kerosene in a small confined space creates toxins and provides poor light.
Our project is based on providing solar panels which can charge lights which are then rented to the community on a daily basis. This gives clean and efficient light that allows work to continue at night along with study.
We have now been up and running for approximately one year in two villages. In Bungawe things have been moving forward well despite drought followed by flood. These naturally occurring events have taken our entrepreneurs attention at times away from the project as they struggle to deal with the day to day realities of life.
None the less lights are going out on hire and the entrepreneurs have extended their work into barbering, showing videos and phone charging. Barbering and showing videos sounds slightly glamorous but the accompanying photographs show how basic facilities really are.
The Rotary Club of Limbe has now assisted with the purchase of a bike equipped to carry charged lights to more remote areas.
In Gunde things are moving more slowly due to difficulty in acquiring a property to use as a hub. In the meantime the group have diversified into making fuel briquettes to meet the demand from a nearby refugee camp.
The project has had its challenges. However if we are to extend this work we must learn from our experience. We have excellent staff on the ground. Martina is a member of both the Limbe Rotary Club and Renema and Clement is our main man on the ground. Clement meets the entrepreneurs on a very regular basis to advise and support. This includes financial advice, project planning etcetera.
Our past President Alex visited the project in its early stages and hopes to visit again to monitor progress. We Skype call when required and it is good to get our committee speaking to Martina and Clement in Malawi along with Mark in Singapore.
Working from a distance is never easy but despite this barrier good progress is being made and we are looking forward to year two of our project.
Thanks to District 1010 for all their support and thanks to our entrepreneurs for working so well with us. In addition to the matched funding grant, during this year the following activities have been supported:
* Shelter Tents displayed at local galas
* Purchase of Shelter Tent in support of the Syrian crisis
* Re introduction of the Foundation Box at weekly meetings. Currently around £150 has been raised for Foundation.
* Donations have also been made by the Club to Haiti Help, Malawi Fruits et cetera.
* A Curry lunch is now scheduled for June
more West Fife Rotarians have donated £500 to Haiti Help to assist recovery after two natural disasters in two days in the Republic of Haiti.
more Please donate recycle items to help local nurses' initiative helping orphans and elderly in Haiti
more The last consignment of books sent arrived recently in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe where we can be sure they will be put to good use. Please keep them coming in.
more Call to support of The Ecology Centre and The Rotary Club of Cowdenbeath
more West Fife adds its support for District initiative
more Support for school in Cambodia who reported they have been severely hit by the Covid virus
more Rotary Club of West Fife immediately made a donation of £1000 to Islamic Relief
more Convenor Donald Mackay's report to the 2020 AGM
more Proposals as set out by Convenor Donald Mackay to Club Assembly
more This report was submitted to District in November 2017
more Proposals for Rotary Year commencing 1 July 2016
more This page shows the exciting work being done by the club to help provide power to remote villages in Malawi
more On Alex Evan Wong's return from Malawi he has written this update.
more Proposed activities in the Rotary Year 2015/16
more West Fife's support to help the April 2015 Nepal Earthquake survivors
more DRAFT ACTIVITIES 1) Monthly wine draw ------- volunteer awaited 2) Foundation box - ---- ---volunteer awaited 3) Five-a-side Football and Summer Fete Saturday 27th July
more There are always ongoing projects and requirements within Foundation and International and so it possible for the Club to support these.
more Rotary Club of West Fife sends four Shelterboxes in response to appeal
more Ian Grieve goes to Kenya, February 2012
more It is now five weeks since Haiti was rocked by a catastrophic earthquake and there is still an urgent need for secure shelter which can stand up to the Haitian climate.
more Woodmill High School help bring in the boxes
more ShelterBox Founder and Rotarian Tom Henderson has seen first hand how ShelterBox tents are providing shelter to families who have lost everything in Haiti.
more The RIBI Donations Trust has set up a Pakistan Flood Appeal with the express purpose of raising funds to aid the affected communities
more Major disasters oversees have once again been in the news in the past year,
more Members were pleased to hear that consignments of Shelterboxes had already gone to Sri Lanka and India
more The earthquake and subsequent tsunami is, arguably, the worst natural disaster to strike our planet in the one hundred years of Rotary’s existence.
more The project helped to provide school furniture to the primary schools.
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