It's hard to fathom how two taps can make such a difference to a village of 4000+ people in rural Vietnam, however, that's how it is. Drinking water for the people of Kon Hodram has been sourced from a polluted river 3kms walk away. That all changed in the last fortnight with the completion of a bore and water treatment facility.
The poverty in this area can be best described here by the photo of the dwelling below. This house is typical of the homes in the live in. As you can see it is makeshift and lacks reticulated water, heating and gas.
Apart from the covenience of having water from a tap in your village, the improvement to community health will be immense.
Another Camberwell Rotary project.
Access to education is a world wide rotary concern. Our club strives to assist.
Clean water is a real challenge in the developing world. With out it disease and sanitation are difficult problems to manage. Sadly this basic necessity is still a little more than a dream in some parts of in the remote Baguia region of eastern Timor Leste. Presently water is carried to villages and schools, mainly by women and children, from sources that can be several hours walk away from their homes and schools. Supplying water to these remote village schools and communities will be a huge benefit to these children and provide them with more time to sleep and study.
The Rotary Club of Camberwell is a member of this consortium.”
What sort of noise would 200 laying hens in Siem Reap in Cambodia make? Well it should be the sound of contentment because these hens have Australian regulation free range status. In Cambodia, a country still struggling from the decimation of their education system and educated population by the despot Pol Pot, how is it that a best practice animal husbandry exists?
Life on a rubbish dump.
Many developing nations have rubbish dump communities where residents seek out a living eating food scraps they find and scavenging for anything they can sell to buy food. One such place is Kaloleni, a community in Moshi,Tanzania where a Melbourne grand mum Kerry Frost is working hard to break the cycle of poverty through relationships, education and understanding. Kerry together with son Brendan and “adopted daughter” Caroline are the volunteer directors of Team Vista, a tiny charity working its sox off on several fronts for change.
Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public interest. Learn more in Communities in Action: A Guide to Effective Projectsand this Community Service presentation (PPT).
International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
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Established in 2000, Donations in Kind is remarkable not for profit recycling organisation operating from a warehouse in West Footscray. Saving small mountains of medical excess, hospital and school furniture, disability aids, computers, office equipment and corporate apparel from landfill, this charity fills shipping containers from their stockpile and dispatches them to needy spots around the world.
Named after the soft red Freddo frog shape and sized lollies, Red Frogs is an organisation of volunteers who aim to keep partying teenagers safe at events such as “Schoolies Week” and festivals.
The National President of the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL), Mr Robert Dick has congratulated the Rotary Club of Camberwell on being awarded the 2017 RSL ANZAC Peace Prize with the following words:
Sitting on the Campaspe River and just south of the Axedale Golf Club is Camp Getaway. Originally established as an interdenominational church camp for congregations in nearby Bendigo, the facilities were created from World War 2 surplus. Only three of the bowed corrugated iron Nissan Hut former dormitories still stand currently used for storage for kitchen renovations.
Swinburne University Teenage Mums Programme
The birth of a child for a teenage mum usually means the end of education of the mum’s formal education. However, this is not the case for those enrolled Swinburne University Young Mums programme. Year 11 and 12 and vocational courses such as Certificate 2 in Retail Services or Information Technology are offered by Swinburne for students aged 15 to 20. The best part of the programme is that mums bring their babies with them.
Swinburne University Rotoract Club recently held a film night raising over $1300 for the programme. Both Rotoract and the programme's director were delighted.
Good News Week
Its Good News Week;
Grade six students at Canterbury Primary School have spent the last 2 weeks of their primary school life making “Solar Buddies” to help developing nation school children study at night. Essentially a solar charging torch, the Solar Buddies (also called BrightBeams) Canterbury students made have been sent to Budrum in Queensland. There they will be packed together with other schools efforts and shipped to Ghana.
As part of the grade six curriculum called “Giving Back,” students were very excited about their opportunity to help others. They were amazed to discover children in some parts of the world live in homes with no electricity connected. The notion that these were much safer than smoky Kerosene or oil lamps and wouldn’t burn the house down wasn’t lost on them.
Completion and the packing up of the torches had the upper school buzzing with excitement. Paid for by the Rotary Club of Camberwell, Canterbury children made 100 units and elected to send their handiwork to Ghana. Four students gave their thoughts about the project.
“It was great fun building the BrightBeam lights for someone it will help in the future” - Charlie
“The BrightBeams were enjoyable to construct. Thank you for sending them to us to make.” Caleb
“We really enjoyed making and testing the BrightBeams lights. We hope they will be helpful to people in need.” Charlotte and Isabelle
Hawthorn Craft Market
Our Rotary Club now manages the Hawthorn Craft Market (Click here to visit website) in partnership with the City of Boroondara. Established in 1979, it is a "makers' market" and an iconic feature of the cultural and community fabric of Boroondara.
Held on the first Sunday of each month from March to December at 340 Camberwell Road, Camberwell the Market comprises about 40 stallholders with handmade items including plants, flowers, cakes, cushions, crystal therapy, children's clothes, scarves, Japanese beads, needlework, soy candles, leadlight and coffee beans from Timor Leste.
There's something for everyone and proceeds from stall rental go to our Club's charitable programs. Entry to the Market is free with an optional gold coin donation.