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International Service

Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit awarded Paul Harris Double Sapphire Pin

Gift of Toilets by Rotary (Handog Palikuram Ng Rotary)

Opening of the Inararo Learning Centre - Philippines

Eyecare Programme - Philippines

Helping Intramuros Citizens - Philippines

Vietnamese Health Care Cards

Sisters Helpem Sisters – Reusable Sanitary Kits

Clean Water Means Life in the Philippines

Artesian Wells for Public Schools in the Philippines - Photo Report

The new toilet block at Limapela Cedrics School, Kitwe, Zambia

Rotary Funded Asha Foundation School in Nepal

Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit awarded Paul Harris Sapphire Pin

 





International Service

With over 1.2 million Rotarians in over 34,200 clubs world-wide, and with a surprising number of those clubs in third world countries, it is not surprising that Rotary clubs in richer nations are inevitably drawn to help those in poorer countries. Most commonly, these projects take the form of humanitarian aid.

The Rotary clubs in third world countries know only too well what aid is needed, where, and by whom. Further, these clubs have the skills to implement projects to help those unfortunate communities. What they don’t have is the money to pay for the project. This is when the clubs in the developed countries come to their aid with finance. Assuming the project satisfies one or more of the areas of focus of The Rotary Foundation, and they all generally do, then TRF will help with the financing by giving a Grant.

For Rotarians, for Rotary supporters, and for those of the general public sufficiently interested, the International Avenue of Service puts our lives in perspective. It causes those who take the good life for granted to think of, and want to help, those who live in poverty and disease and without hope.

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Gift of Toilets by Rotary (Handog Palikuram Ng Rotary)

(Area of Focus – water, sanitation & hygiene)

As you approach the village of Sitio Kawayan, in a mountainous area north of Manila, Philippines, the first thing you see is a 1.5m high Rotary marker. The second thing you see is a toilet! This toilet is one of fifteen twin toilets built in the village using Global Grant funding. PP Floren Naguit from The Rotary Club of Intramuros, Manila, together with President Ross Ching, and PP Andy Chua are brimming with excitement. PP Aries Balanay works behind the scenes to erect celebratory banners, set up the PA system and ensure all the arrangements are in place. He’s proud that this project, started two years ago in his presidential year, is finally finished. Today is the day for the official handover of the toilets to the beneficiary families. And representatives from the international sponsor club, RC Batemans Bay (Bronwyn Geppert and Vere Gray) are visiting too (2020).

“The project has had many challenges” says PP Floren Naguit, the project manager. To access the village, and its neighbouring village, Sitio Flora, where there are 10 new twin toilets (and another Rotary marker) more than 20 rivers have to be crossed, and rough rocky ‘roads’ can only be travelled by 4x4 vehicles in dry weather. Concrete blocks, sand, gravel and all requirements had to come in this way, progressively, as construction took place. And the cyclone season put a halt to the project for a few months (twice). Hence, after two years in construction and many challenges (including no telecommunication), the project is finished.

“We made at least 20 trips,” said PP Floren “to supervise construction and conduct training in healthy practices, toilet use, cleanliness and user responsibilities in accordance with the requirements of the TRF Global Grant conditions.”  Men of the Aetas community provided labour for ‘their’ toilet under the direction of contractor Landy.

Excited village people gather round as Fr Art Eduardo, offers a prayer and blesses the toilet with holy water. As the person who suggested to the Intramuros Rotarians that Sitios Kawayan and Flora would benefit from toilets, there is great respect for him.

“We don’t need to go to the grassfield any more,” says villager Natalie. “And we won’t have the foul smell of faeces any more.  We will take care of the toilet and we will clean it.”  Twin toilets (male one side, female the other side) use a septic system and have a water trough at one end - and a solar light for night use and safety. To encourage safe and healthy toilet practices, instructions in words and pictures are inside each toilet and above the washstand.

This Global Grant project would not have been possible without the support of DDF funding from D8310 Philippines, D9710 and D9760 Australia together with the Rotary Clubs of Intramuros and Batemans Bay (major partners) as well as the Rotary Clubs of Canberra, Canberra North, Moruya and Narooma in D9710, and of course The Rotary Foundation – all of whom are acknowledged on the walls of each toilet. In total, 659 beneficiaries (137 families) benefitted from the 25 twin toilets and 3 single toilets built for this Global Grant project.


 

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Opening of the Inararo Learning Centre - Philippines

During a visit in February 2020, a Rotary Learning Centre was officially opened in the village of Inararo.

Originally a preschool which was condemned following an earthquake in July 2019, the rebuild was funded by RC Batemans Bay together with RC Intramuros and RC Kishiwada East (Japan).

The official opening was heralded with a welcome dance and attended by municipal officials who officially presented the clubs with a Certificate of Appreciation.


Eyecare Programme - Philippines

Children at two elementary schools were given much needed eyeglasses during a club visit in February 2020.

Their eyesight had previously been tested by trained optometrists. 37 children in one school and 57 children in the other school received eyeglasses.

Under the instruction of Dr Wilma the children learnt how to correctly wear and look after their new eyeglasses.

The program was funded by RC Batemans Bay.

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Helping Intramuros Citizens - Philippines

Because of the strict coronavirus lockdown in the Philippines many residents are struggling with day to day requirements.  Intramuros operates like the Vatican. It is governed by the Intramuros Administration which is under the Department of Tourism and not by the City of Manila. Manila City is prioritizing its own constituents as far as food distribution is concerned.

Because of the lack of food and other supplies, RC Intramuros has responded to help the Intramuros' security guards and Barangay tanods (watchmen and deputised law enforcement officers) to help bridge the starvation for a few weeks.

Rotary Club of Intramuros gave 127 food packages to the 70 personnel of Intramuros security guards and 50 security guards from five different Barangays of Intramuros.  127 food packs cost Php 450 each composed of 2kg rice, 7 noodles, 10 canned goods, 2 soaps and rubbing alcohol

The food packages were funded by RC Batemans Bay – from a AUD$1000 gift to RC Intramuros plus the funding balance from other projects.

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Vietnamese Health Care Cards

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For the last two years, RC Batemans Bay has donated AUD$1000 to RC Latitude 38 for their Vietnamese Health Care Project.
Recently Pete Showell from RC Latitude 38 met with the President (Tran Thanh Long) of the Sponsoring Association of Poor Patients (SAPP) and donated $4,100 AUD to purchase health cards in Dong Thap Province in the west of Vietnam.
These cards will allow 800 poor Vietnamese who would otherwise not be able to afford it, to access free health care.


Sisters Helpem Sisters – Reusable Sanitary Kits

This project has been running for the last three years, managed by a Rotarian.  Called “Sisters Helpem Sisters” we make reusable sanitary kits specifically for women in the Pacific Islands.

The project was commenced following a visit to Canberra and the South Coast of NSW by a group of midwives from Pacific Island countries who were on a Rotary sponsored Vocational Training Team visit.  During the course of the visit it was learned that in their countries many women have no sanitary products available to them, or they cannot afford them once the new mothers return to their island home having given birth.

There are nine sewing friends who get together once a month at the Rotarians’s home to stitch different aspects of the kits.  Some of the friends also stitch, cut, prepare fabric and overlock as and when they can.

Each kit comes in a pretty bag, and contains two holders with waterproof lining – which clip into the undies (two pairs per kit), eight ‘pads’ made of flannelette, a washer and soap plus “Care for Kit” instructions in English and pictures. 

Currently kits are posted to six midwives in four countries, Fiji,  Kiribati, Cook Islands and Samoa. 

The midwives give the kits to women in their hospitals who have given birth as well as other women in their communities, often from outer islands. 

Kits have also been sent for schoolgirls in boarding schools in Fiji.

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We have been fortunate to acquire a District Grant the last two years to help fund the project, financially assisted by RC Batemans Bay.  As well, many people have donated components of the kits.

During a visit to the Philippines in February 2020, fifty kits were given to women and girls in one of the villages visited.

Kits provide women and girls with confidence, dignity, privacy and independence.  They are used to educate women in feminine health and hygiene practices so they can live their lives without restrictions.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our twin Club

The most effective form of this inter club cooperation is “twinning”, - this is when the two clubs agree to “twin”, to become partners in humanitarian aid.

The Rotary Club of Batemans Bay twinned with the Rotary Club of Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, in 2003, with the understanding that providing potable and sanitation water to schools and villages would be the focus.

Since then, through drilling and pump work, water has been supplied to 32 schools, 15 villages, and 1 hospital, the famous leprosy hospital north of Manila. Not only have at least 100,000 people benefitted from having access to good drinking water but, just as important, the number of infant and child deaths from waterborne diseases has declined dramatically.

 

Click Here to read the story "Clean Water Means Life in the Philippines"




The new toilet block at Limapela Cedrics School, Kitwe, Zambia

 



The new toilet block at Limapela Cedrics School, Kitwe, Zambia, built at a cost of US$64,000.

 
 

Fifteen clubs, two districts and The Rotary Foundation all combined to raise the funds.

RC Batemans Bay donated $2,000.






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Rotary Funded Asha Foundation School in Nepal

Rotary Batemans Bay donated $5,000 to the ASHA Foundation for this project.



Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit awarded Paul Harris Sapphire Pin

Manila’s Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit, has worked with Rotary Batemans Bay for more than thirteen years as the local liaison person assisting with implementation of numerous projects funded by Rotary Batemans Bay for developments and improvements to facilities and living conditions in the Philippines.

 

In November 2016 he was presented with the Paul Harris Sapphire Pin in recognition of his dedicated service by visiting members of Rotary Batemans Bay, Vere and Garry Gray.  Accordingly, Florian wrote a letter of gratitude.

 

Former International Director, Peter Wood said of this “I would very much like the letter from my dear friend, Floren Naguit, RC Intramuros, Manila, to be reproduced in the International section of our website. For me, it is a fitting closure to 13 years of work in the Philippines.”


Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit awarded Paul Harris Double Sapphire Pin

Manila’s Intramuros Rotary member, Florian Naguit, has continued his work with Rotary Batemans Bay over recent years as the local liaison person assisting with implementation of numerous projects funded by Rotary Batemans Bay for developments and improvements to facilities and living conditions in the Philippines.

 

In early 2020 he was presented with the Paul Harris Double Sapphire Pin in recognition of his dedicated service by visiting members of Rotary Batemans Bay, Vere Gray and Bronwyn Geppert. Florian's letter of gratitude is reproduced below.