Posted by Dave Colquhoun on May 26, 2019
In Our Community
This morning, a merry group of Rotarians, led by Sandy Wightman, gathered at the Okanagan Centre hall for a ‘paint party’ to prepare the plywood walls which will soon be installed in the basement of the Okanagan Centre Community Hall.  Thanks to some superb organization, the work was completed quickly and with no casualties 😊.  Like all Rotarian gatherings, there was also lots friendly banter and laughs.
The next step is to cut and install the plywood sheets.  The date for this work party will be announced soon.  When completed, the project will certainly improve the ambience of the basement storage area!
Help Honduras
Mike Balachura, from the Castlegar Rotary Club, spoke to us this week about the Help Honduras Project and how the leadership and financial support provided by local Rotary Clubs (including ours), Rotary International and Federal aid programs has helped improve the lives of some of the poorest families in Honduras.
Honduras is one of the poorest and most violent countries in the Western Hemisphere with extraordinarily unequal distribution of wealth and massive unemployment. Two-thirds of Hondurans live below the poverty line and earn less than $5 per day. Sixty-three percent of the labour force has only a primary education and 50 percent of households are single parents.  260 000 children are orphaned or abandoned – many become child laborers, beggars, involved in the sex trade or drug and/or extortion gangs.
The Help Honduras Project, initiated and managed by Rotarians, helps Honduran moms and youth by providing economic training; health, nutrition and parenting classes, access to health/doctor services, access to a micro-credit program, and job skills training for older students.
Through H.E.L.P. Honduras sponsorships, students receive:
  • Books, uniforms and supplies to attend school
  • After school programs and workshops
  • Mentoring and tutoring instruction
  • Access to older student tutor when having difficulty
  • Some instruction and tutoring if needed including computer literacy course
  • Leadership workshops based on the Rotary 4-way test
Access to schooling matters. Helping the poor get to school makes a difference. Educating girls can transform whole communities. The success of the program is best illustrated by the fact that 98% of elementary and 92% of secondary students are passing their grade and staying in school.  By improving educational opportunities, the program is preparing young people for better employment opportunities and reducing the incidence of crime and conflict.
  • Our exchange student, Nando, will be returning home to Colombia on Saturday June 1st.  To celebrate his year with us, we will be having a pot-luck barbeque on Tuesday May 28, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at Beasley Park.  All Club members are welcome to attend.  Reminder:  Our regular breakfast meeting on May 30 is cancelled.
  • If you happen to have retrieved a red binder at our last breakfast meeting at Holiday Park, please return it to Kayla at the earliest opportunity.