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When:1pm Every Tuesday

Where:Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club - 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong

Cost:$36 including lunch

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When:7pm Third Wednesday Every Month

Where:Grace Park Hawthorn Club - 6 Hilda Crescent, Hawthorn

Cost:$15 including light supper

 

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Rotary Hawthorn

 
2018 Global Scholar Recipient
2018 Global Scholar Recipient
Nov 19, 2019
Cambodia...plus AGM
Nov 26, 2019
The Smart Cricket Ball
Dec 03, 2019
Our Trip To Baguia, Timor....Plus An Update: Other International Projects
Dec 10, 2019
Dinner Meeting, Having Fun
Dec 17, 2019
BBQ
TBC.......Visit to Men's Shed, Hawthorn
Jan 28, 2020
Feb 04, 2020
TBA
Valentine's Day
Feb 11, 2020
 

Rotary Hawthorn

News

 
Nov 07, 2019

 

Rotary Hawthorn is pleased to announce that the construction of a second toilet block for primary school children in the Phillipines has now been completed. This toilet block is in Pasil Elementary school.

Here is some extracts from an article by Networker Correspondent, Tony Thomas concerning in part our first Philippines toilet project at Pantikan Elementary School.   It focused on the special input by Melbourne Rotartian Dr Cecily Neil and the difficulties of projects in remote parts of the world.

Getting a primary school toilet built in the remote Kalinga Province of northern Luzon is one thing; arriving on the spot is another.

The toilet block consisting of  three-cubicle toilets with handwashing stations is at Pantikian Elementary school in mountainous Kalinga Province. At a total budget of A$ 4,600, this sanitation project was funded by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn.   

Finished in December, the job was organized by  Dr Cecily Neil through RAWCS D9800 and implemented on the ground by Sinangpad Association, a local Kalingan NGO .   

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The project is small but the principles are vital – community involvement and ability to keep the toilet operational. For example, the children chose the wall and door colors and through organized games  were taught handwashing and not to block the pipes, waste the water or  damage the taps. Pantikian men provided the unskilled labour on a voluntary basis. The local Municipal Engineer supervised the work at all key construction points.

The Parents and Teachers Assn members  worked with and helped supervise the skilled laborers. Mothers took turns cooking and serving workers’ lunches. Others planted gardens around the toilet.

 

The Cambodia Clean Water and Toilet Project is a 'grassroots' organisation founded by Darrel Steer (a partner with World of Difference) in response to the needs seen in a rural village near Siem Reap in early 2015.  With support from village leaders, Darrel took action to raise the standard of health and hygiene for these village families by installing water bores with pumps and sanitary toilets.
 
The project provides the means for very poor villagers to improve their health, save the money that would be spent on medicines, re-focus on their children's schooling and give them hope for their future. 
 
The installation costs are $350 for a clean water bore with casing to protect the actual bore pipe, plus a cast iron pump and concrete base. For the installation of a septic tank toilet and building, it costs $610.
 
The project team normally insists on the family making some contribution, usually by helping with the drilling or digging and providing the sand and sometimes the cement. 
 
Their contribution helps maintain the family's dignity and provides a sense of ownership.  Ownership is a critical factor for ongoing hygiene and maintenance.
 
Darrel humorously described his own career path since his retirement as an industrial chemist to a financial planner and later to a bricklayer. During his visit to Melbourne he has been delighted by the opportunity to network with Rotarians and the co-operation he received from World of Difference Tours and Donations-in-Kind.
 
We plan to incorporate a project with Darryl on our upcoming World of Difference Tour in January 2021.
 
Lille Fro is an Australian charity founded in 2008 by Sydney based lawyer, Tamara Cannon. 
 
On one climbing trip in the north of India, Tamara met a little girl living in destitute circumstances. Like many children in her village, this child had never been to school. Tamara decided to pay for her education.
 
Seeing first hand the difference she had made to this child's life through the simple gesture of sponsorship, Tamara realised she could not turn her back on other children in similar circumstances. The seed had been planted and Lille Fro had begun.
 
The Himalayan region of Ladakh in northern India is one of the most spectacular and remote regions on the planet. At 11,500 feet, it is also one of the highest and driest habitable places on earth.  Isolation has preserved a unique culture. It has also meant remote communities sometimes lack access to basic needs such as education and health care.
 
In the mountain villages of Ladakh the delivery of education is still a challenge, due to geography, remoteness and harsh climate.
 
For half the year, many villages are cut off by long freezing winters. Hunger and malnutrition are a constant challenge. As the growing season lasts only 4 months, low-income families have a poor diet and insufficient food to last them through the winters. What food they do have often lacks the nutrients required to be healthy.
 
This is where Lille Fro works.
 
Richard Logan is Project Manager for the Rotary (Australia) World Community Service Program, facilitating transactions to support the Lille Fro Foundation in  North India, which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hawthorn several years ago. The project description is "Providing sponsorship for children's education and support through Lille Fro Foundation. Creation of jobs, food supplies and empowering women in Jammu-Kashmir State, India."
 
Rotary Hawthorn is proud to be a supporting partner of Lille Fro’s wonderful projects.
 
Much more about Lille Fro here: http://www.lillefro.org/home
Oct 30, 2019
 
 
 
How much do you know about our nearest Asian neighbour?  
 
How is Rotary Club of Hawthorn involved in Timor-Leste? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Clean water is a real challenge in many developing countries. Without clean water, disease and sanitation are extremely difficult problems to manage. Sadly, this basic necessity is still a little more than a dream in remote parts of Timor-Leste. Presently water is carried to homes and schools, mainly by women and children, from sources that can be several hours walk away. Supplying water to these remote village schools and communities hugely benefits these children and provide them with more time to sleep and study.
 
This is where  Rotarians have stepped in and formed a Consortium to assist the area of Baguia, a remote area in the highlands of eastern Timor-Leste. Access to water has been deemed the highest priority, as although the area has high rainfall, they have not been able to harvest the water.
 
 
 
Image courtesy of: https://camberwellrotary.org.au/international-projects-item/29763/clean-drinking-water-for-remote-timor-leste

Derarca O'Mahony 0f Friends of Baguia visited Timor in September, and reported on the Baguia Scholarship Program.

She talked with Leopoldina regarding the students that our funds have supported in 2019. They are all going well in their studies.

Americio will finish his mechanical course in December and we will then choose another technical applicant to replace him in 2020.

Martino Pinto has moved to a school at Hera, on the outskirts of Dili.

Laurenco Alves is now 17 and in Class 10. He says he would like to go onto university to study to be a doctor.  

Patricio Guterres is also in Class 10 and is now 18years old. He says his favourite subject at School is maths. 

Photos of Laurenco and Patricio, the two students who are studying in Baguia.

Save the date for our World of Difference Tour: late January to early Feb 2021 for  14 Days 

 

The itinerary will evolve over the year as we work out the “hands on” or humanitarian aspect of the tour as well as some other fun stuff.  A tax deductible donation of $500 per person allows us to spend money on our humanitarian activities whilst on tour. The tour will be a blend of responsible tourism and humanitarian activities.

We will include a visit  to the Russian Friendship hospital in Phnom Penh (the beneficiary of our containers of hospital equipment) as well as the hospital in the provincial town Kampong Speu which is where we propose to build a new surgical wing . We will also be participating in a  project with Cambodia Clean Water & Toilet project. 

register your interest in updates by emailing  katrinaflinn@gmail.com 

Details also available at https://www.wod.org.au/upcoming-tours