COVID-19 Response Projects in South Africa: Direct Aid for Food Supplies
 1)      Sondla Abantwana (Taking Care of Children)
In partnership with the Rotary Club (RC) of Johnannesburg New Dawn, the RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1500 to help feed resident students at the Alexandra township near Sandton, Johannesburg.  In April of 2020, RC New Dawn established the Sondla Abantwana fund to assist the Alexandra Education Committee’s (AEC) efforts to provide financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The AEC has set up a direct system of electronic fund transfers to the bank accounts of the neediest pupils who, in return, provide receipts of their purchases.  This approach has proven to be extremely orderly and agile in response to the pressing need.
 
In a Rotary Zoom meeting on August 5th, several members of RC New Dawn joined and thanked the RC of Winnipeg directly.  
 
 
 
 
  1. Porridge Project
Our partner Rotary E-Club of South Africa One brought our attention to a resourceful means of providing basic nutrition to large numbers of people in remote villages near Pietermaritzburg.  E-Club One is working in conjunction with the North West University’s “Centre for Advanced Manufacturing” and the Potch-Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce to craft and distribute a pre-cooked maize-based porridge.  Each meal costs a mere 8 cents (CDN), and a 5 Kg bag of the porridge coverts into 100 meals!  The RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1300 toward this noble cause.
 
  
 
  1. Food Supplies
Through his brother who resides in Kwazulu-Natal, the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg’s Director of International Service, Strini Reddy, was able to obtain a large amount of food supplies to provide to remote communities in the region.  The supplies were transported from Pietermaritzburg to our partner RC Hillcrest, who in turn saw to the distribution of the food to the neediest areas.  $2500 was donated to accomplish this service.
 
     
 
 
Dolophini is a remote sub-village of Taweni in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  Of its population of 3500, 80% of working-age residents are unemployed.  The main source of income is government social grants, which has created systemic issues that contribute to persistent poverty in the community.
 
Raised in Taweni, Khaya Mposula left a successful career in banking to return home to help uplift her community.  After successfully developing a community organic gardening project in Taweni (see image below and this link https://www.foodformzansi.co.za/former-banker-champions-organic-food-to-give-mother-nature-a-break/), she turned her attention to the residents of Dolophini.
 
Two potential borehole sites were identified that could provide a consistent supply of running water and, with this potential, Khaya wishes to train residents to grow garden towers that would provide food for themselves and generate additional volume that nearby commercial markets have agreed to sell.  This overall project promises a healthy measure of self-sufficiency by providing a local source of food, technical skills, and an independent source of income.
 
This ambitious project was brought to the attention of the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg by the Rotary E-Club of South Africa One.  As project host, RC Winnipeg won approval for a Global Grant in October 2020, furnishing USD $10,000 that was doubled in matching funds from District 5550.  District 9370 also contributed $3,500 and the Rotary World Fund added $18,500 to amass a total of USD $42,000 for this wonderful project, which will be underway soon!
 

Located in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province, the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village provides residence, health care, education and life skills for approximately 120 orphaned and vulnerable children who are cared for by about 30 resident staff. The Village’s structure and mandate is similar to the nearby iKhethelo Children’s Village, which has been long supported by the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg in partnership with the RC of Hillcrest. Water supply for the Village is sporadic at best, which can jeopardize the health of the children and pressure the Village’s resources in seeking the water it requires. Owing to the relatively flat geography of the area, harvesting rainwater cannot ensure a sufficient supply, meaning that it would be necessary to take on the considerable expense of building a borehole. 
To fund this worthy endeavour, a Global Grant was sought by a united network of Rotary Clubs.  The RC of Winnipeg contributed USD $10,000, an amount matched by District 5550.  In addition, RC Hillcrest contributed $3,000 (augmented with $5,000 from its District 9370), RC El Camino Real (Oceanside, California) provided $7,000 (with matching funds from its District 5340), while RC Minneapolis donated $10,000.  The Rotary World Fund rounded out the funding with $37,000 to raise the total to $89,000 (over 1.4 million South African Rand).  The Global Grant was approved in August 2020 and the project will soon be underway!  It is anticipated to take 4 - 6 months to complete
Check out the Video 
 
Our partner Rotary Club (RC) of Hillcrest is the lead club of the “1000 Survival Gardens Project” which aims to address the water and food needs of these communities.  The goal of this ambitious project is to assemble and distribute 1000 “survival garden kits” to 1000 women in the hardest impacted areas.  The kit consists of a technology known as the “hippo water roller” plus basic tools to grow a garden, including a shovel, rake, hoe, watering can, seedlings, compost, and fertilizer.  Also provided is a guide on growing a garden, sanitizer and a face mask.  
 
“Hippo rollers” are devices that greatly improve the ability for women and girls to transport water in 90-litre cylindrical containers that easily roll on the ground.  This technology saves labour and allows the women time to focus on other family building tasks, such as growing their gardens to establish some self-sufficiency.  This also frees up time for girls, allowing them to focus on their education.
 
To donate to this project click Visit www.winnipegrotary.org and click on DONATE to make  gift online though Canada Helps.
The recent,  2019,tragic drowning of a child in a pit toilet in South Africa created a national focus on the need for adequate safe toilet facilities at schools. The Gillitts Primary School in the province of Kwazulu-Natal approached our partner club, Rotary Club Hillcrest, for assistance in upgrading their toilets.
 
With the generous support of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada coupled with funds raised by Rotary Club of Hillcrest and Kloof Durban South Africa and a matching global grant from the Rotary Foundation, R342,000 (approx. USD 24k) has been raised to double the toilet facilities and make them much safer.
 
The second phase of the project  completed renovation of the girls’ toilet facilities so that the female students will no longer be inclined to miss several days of school each month.
 
    
Located approximately 300km from Harare in the southeastern part of Zimbabwe in the Mashonaland East province of the Chikomba district, the Chirasauta community is a semi-arid place where the rainy season only lasts for 3 months out of the entire year. In 2015 the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg was approached by Dr. Matanga, Executive Director of the Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), with a request for assistance to bring water to his remote home village of Chirasauta.
 
Rotary Club of Winnipeg took on the challenge. Over a period of 18 months we provided water and sanitation education to thousands of students in numerous schools who helped us to raise the necessary funds, a total of $30,000, which included a grant of $6,000 from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation as well as a contribution from our Rotary District 5550. Towards the end of 2016, we were able to have a borehole drilled and a solar-powered pump installed bringing a permanent source of clean water to residents of Chirasauta and other villages in the surrounding areas. In addition to the many other benefits the girls are now able to go to school instead of making several trips each day to fetch water.
 
  
With water now available in his village it was Dr. Matanga’s dream to have a clinic built so that the villagers would not have to travel long distances to avail themselves of the most basic health services. Nearest clinics are located 27km and 37km respectively, the nearest hospital being 50km away from the community. Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc.
 
The Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg continued fundraising in 2017 and, by the end of the year, we had raised about USD$8,000 to have the clinic built. The next challenge will be to raise another USD$12,000 to get the clinic equipped.
 
The project involves the construction, equipping, and staffing of an Early Childhood Centre in Dadaab. The Humankind Academy opened in January 2014 and had 71 students. The school expanded to a total of 150 students in January 2015. The children take two years of early education until they are able to enroll in the primary schools. The school has three classrooms, an additional room to act as an administrative office, training equipment for the three programs, an electrical generator and solar equipment to provide power.
 
The school has been enormously successful since inception and the need continues to grow. In collaboration with fellow Rotarian Muuxi Adam of HKI our club decided to support the initiative by raising the necessary funds and building 2 additional classrooms at the Centre so that more children can be admitted.
 
Construction of the 2 additional classrooms was completed end of February, 2019. Please see (http://humankindintl.org/) for more details about the Dadaab project.
 
In 2015-16 the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg partnered with RC of Westville in a Global Grant (GG) project to provide training for child care workers in the most remote areas of the province of Kwazulu-Natal. The project was so successful that our fellow Rotarians decided to apply for a second Global Grant to expand the training to include many more workers. RC of Winnipeg is the international partner in this second phase which is still in progress.
 
            
Rotary Club (RC) of Hillcrest has developed a very strong relationship with the headman Mr. Shandu and the people of this village. The Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg helped with the refurbishing and equipping of the community centre which is a gathering place for the villagers especially the seniors. RC of Winnipeg funded the construction of up to date ablution facilities.
 
As well we helped purchase sewing machines and the cost of training the villagers who wanted to learn to sew garments to help the local economy.
 
      
Over a period of 18 years the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg has worked in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hillcrest to provide support for the iKhethelo (formerly Makaphutu) Children’s Village in the province of Kwazulu-Natal. It is a home for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Over the past 3 years several of the youngsters who had been taken in as babies have graduated from high school and are into post-secondary education.
 
In the initial stages the RC of Winnipeg sponsored one of the cottages and, subsequently, helped with the refurbishing of the cottages when this became necessary. We provide funds for 2 holiday camps a year for children from IKhethelo and 2 neighbouring villages.
 
In 2017 we discovered that because of the water conservation program, the Village was without water for several hours a day. We partnered with Rotary Club of Hillcrest in a Global Grant (GG) project to construct a rainwater harvesting system and filtration plant at the Village along with the installation of a solar powered water heater in each cottage.
 
  
 
Over the past several years the Rotary Club of Winnipeg has funded 2 holiday camps (summer and winter) for children and youth from the iKhethelo Children’s Village and 2 neighbouring villages. The camps, organized by our fellow Rotarians at Rotary Club of Hillcrest, have been a huge success with participants enjoying enriching developmental activities as well as nutritious food.
 
    
In 2016, in partnership with the Rotary e-club One of South Africa, we contributed to a Global Grant (GG) project to try to increase the graduation rate of high school students in a community near Howick, Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). The project included providing mobile classroom libraries as well as purchasing computers and televisions to help train the teachers to access up to date lessons from the internet. The project was a huge success and resulted in the increase of graduation rate from 40 to 70%.
 
The Department of Education expressed interest in engaging more schools in this kind of initiative. We partnered with the E-Club One of South Africa in another GG project which involved 10 more high schools. The project was completed at the end of 2018.
For the past seven years, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg has provided ongoing funding support for a number of students from South Sudan to attend school in Kenya. Each term our Club provides financial support for the students to pay for their school admission fees and other school related costs  including school supplies.
 
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg has been working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Eldoret-Uasin Gishu, District 9212 in Kenya since 2016 to ensure that these students' needs are being met so that they can complete their elementary and secondary school education. Rotary Club of Eldoret receives and administers the funds that our club contributes.
 
Our club has supported various schools within Guatemala over the past two decades providing basic science equipment for several schools, as well as the scholarship program.
 
Guatemala Scholarship Program:
 

A chance meeting of Kim Hannam, when he was a member of Rotary Club of Winnipeg West and at the same time a member of St.Andrew’s River Heights United Church, with a local Guatemalan flower cultivator, lead to a conversation of what they could do to help the local children go beyond primary school. In the following 20 years schools were built, a scholarship program was created and expanded, now all under the umbrella of the Ripple Effect Program. 

 

With the ongoing support of our Rotary Club and fundraising and legwork by the youth of St. Andrew’ s, many dozens of Guatemala high school and a few university graduates now have  a brighter future. The youth from St.Andrews, on their bi-annual visits to Guatemala, have seen the smiles on the faces of the scholarship recipients and their families. As they witness the effect their contributions have made in these people’s lives, they pass the message on to the next youth groups. We are building leaders here and in Guatemala.

 

Project was completed in 2020. 

 

 

 
 
 
COVID-19 Response Projects in South Africa: Direct Aid for Food Supplies
 1)      Sondla Abantwana (Taking Care of Children)
In partnership with the Rotary Club (RC) of Johnannesburg New Dawn, the RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1500 to help feed resident students at the Alexandra township near Sandton, Johannesburg.  In April of 2020, RC New Dawn established the Sondla Abantwana fund to assist the Alexandra Education Committee’s (AEC) efforts to provide financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.  The AEC has set up a direct system of electronic fund transfers to the bank accounts of the neediest pupils who, in return, provide receipts of their purchases.  This approach has proven to be extremely orderly and agile in response to the pressing need.
 
In a Rotary Zoom meeting on August 5th, several members of RC New Dawn joined and thanked the RC of Winnipeg directly.  
 
 
 
 
  1. Porridge Project
Our partner Rotary E-Club of South Africa One brought our attention to a resourceful means of providing basic nutrition to large numbers of people in remote villages near Pietermaritzburg.  E-Club One is working in conjunction with the North West University’s “Centre for Advanced Manufacturing” and the Potch-Tlokwe Chamber of Commerce to craft and distribute a pre-cooked maize-based porridge.  Each meal costs a mere 8 cents (CDN), and a 5 Kg bag of the porridge coverts into 100 meals!  The RC of Winnipeg donated USD $1300 toward this noble cause.
 
  
 
  1. Food Supplies
Through his brother who resides in Kwazulu-Natal, the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg’s Director of International Service, Strini Reddy, was able to obtain a large amount of food supplies to provide to remote communities in the region.  The supplies were transported from Pietermaritzburg to our partner RC Hillcrest, who in turn saw to the distribution of the food to the neediest areas.  $2500 was donated to accomplish this service.
 
     
 
 
Dolophini is a remote sub-village of Taweni in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa.  Of its population of 3500, 80% of working-age residents are unemployed.  The main source of income is government social grants, which has created systemic issues that contribute to persistent poverty in the community.
 
Raised in Taweni, Khaya Mposula left a successful career in banking to return home to help uplift her community.  After successfully developing a community organic gardening project in Taweni (see image below and this link https://www.foodformzansi.co.za/former-banker-champions-organic-food-to-give-mother-nature-a-break/), she turned her attention to the residents of Dolophini.
 
Two potential borehole sites were identified that could provide a consistent supply of running water and, with this potential, Khaya wishes to train residents to grow garden towers that would provide food for themselves and generate additional volume that nearby commercial markets have agreed to sell.  This overall project promises a healthy measure of self-sufficiency by providing a local source of food, technical skills, and an independent source of income.
 
This ambitious project was brought to the attention of the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg by the Rotary E-Club of South Africa One.  As project host, RC Winnipeg won approval for a Global Grant in October 2020, furnishing USD $10,000 that was doubled in matching funds from District 5550.  District 9370 also contributed $3,500 and the Rotary World Fund added $18,500 to amass a total of USD $42,000 for this wonderful project, which will be underway soon!
 

Located in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal province, the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village provides residence, health care, education and life skills for approximately 120 orphaned and vulnerable children who are cared for by about 30 resident staff. The Village’s structure and mandate is similar to the nearby iKhethelo Children’s Village, which has been long supported by the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg in partnership with the RC of Hillcrest. Water supply for the Village is sporadic at best, which can jeopardize the health of the children and pressure the Village’s resources in seeking the water it requires. Owing to the relatively flat geography of the area, harvesting rainwater cannot ensure a sufficient supply, meaning that it would be necessary to take on the considerable expense of building a borehole. 
To fund this worthy endeavour, a Global Grant was sought by a united network of Rotary Clubs.  The RC of Winnipeg contributed USD $10,000, an amount matched by District 5550.  In addition, RC Hillcrest contributed $3,000 (augmented with $5,000 from its District 9370), RC El Camino Real (Oceanside, California) provided $7,000 (with matching funds from its District 5340), while RC Minneapolis donated $10,000.  The Rotary World Fund rounded out the funding with $37,000 to raise the total to $89,000 (over 1.4 million South African Rand).  The Global Grant was approved in August 2020 and the project will soon be underway!  It is anticipated to take 4 - 6 months to complete
Check out the Video 
 
Our partner Rotary Club (RC) of Hillcrest is the lead club of the “1000 Survival Gardens Project” which aims to address the water and food needs of these communities.  The goal of this ambitious project is to assemble and distribute 1000 “survival garden kits” to 1000 women in the hardest impacted areas.  The kit consists of a technology known as the “hippo water roller” plus basic tools to grow a garden, including a shovel, rake, hoe, watering can, seedlings, compost, and fertilizer.  Also provided is a guide on growing a garden, sanitizer and a face mask.  
 
“Hippo rollers” are devices that greatly improve the ability for women and girls to transport water in 90-litre cylindrical containers that easily roll on the ground.  This technology saves labour and allows the women time to focus on other family building tasks, such as growing their gardens to establish some self-sufficiency.  This also frees up time for girls, allowing them to focus on their education.
 
To donate to this project click Visit www.winnipegrotary.org and click on DONATE to make  gift online though Canada Helps.
The recent,  2019,tragic drowning of a child in a pit toilet in South Africa created a national focus on the need for adequate safe toilet facilities at schools. The Gillitts Primary School in the province of Kwazulu-Natal approached our partner club, Rotary Club Hillcrest, for assistance in upgrading their toilets.
 
With the generous support of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg Manitoba Canada coupled with funds raised by Rotary Club of Hillcrest and Kloof Durban South Africa and a matching global grant from the Rotary Foundation, R342,000 (approx. USD 24k) has been raised to double the toilet facilities and make them much safer.
 
The second phase of the project  completed renovation of the girls’ toilet facilities so that the female students will no longer be inclined to miss several days of school each month.
 
    
Located approximately 300km from Harare in the southeastern part of Zimbabwe in the Mashonaland East province of the Chikomba district, the Chirasauta community is a semi-arid place where the rainy season only lasts for 3 months out of the entire year. In 2015 the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg was approached by Dr. Matanga, Executive Director of the Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc. (CMDCI), with a request for assistance to bring water to his remote home village of Chirasauta.
 
Rotary Club of Winnipeg took on the challenge. Over a period of 18 months we provided water and sanitation education to thousands of students in numerous schools who helped us to raise the necessary funds, a total of $30,000, which included a grant of $6,000 from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation as well as a contribution from our Rotary District 5550. Towards the end of 2016, we were able to have a borehole drilled and a solar-powered pump installed bringing a permanent source of clean water to residents of Chirasauta and other villages in the surrounding areas. In addition to the many other benefits the girls are now able to go to school instead of making several trips each day to fetch water.
 
  
With water now available in his village it was Dr. Matanga’s dream to have a clinic built so that the villagers would not have to travel long distances to avail themselves of the most basic health services. Nearest clinics are located 27km and 37km respectively, the nearest hospital being 50km away from the community. Canadian Multicultural Disability Centre Inc.
 
The Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg continued fundraising in 2017 and, by the end of the year, we had raised about USD$8,000 to have the clinic built. The next challenge will be to raise another USD$12,000 to get the clinic equipped.
 
The project involves the construction, equipping, and staffing of an Early Childhood Centre in Dadaab. The Humankind Academy opened in January 2014 and had 71 students. The school expanded to a total of 150 students in January 2015. The children take two years of early education until they are able to enroll in the primary schools. The school has three classrooms, an additional room to act as an administrative office, training equipment for the three programs, an electrical generator and solar equipment to provide power.
 
The school has been enormously successful since inception and the need continues to grow. In collaboration with fellow Rotarian Muuxi Adam of HKI our club decided to support the initiative by raising the necessary funds and building 2 additional classrooms at the Centre so that more children can be admitted.
 
Construction of the 2 additional classrooms was completed end of February, 2019. Please see (http://humankindintl.org/) for more details about the Dadaab project.
 
In 2015-16 the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg partnered with RC of Westville in a Global Grant (GG) project to provide training for child care workers in the most remote areas of the province of Kwazulu-Natal. The project was so successful that our fellow Rotarians decided to apply for a second Global Grant to expand the training to include many more workers. RC of Winnipeg is the international partner in this second phase which is still in progress.
 
            
Rotary Club (RC) of Hillcrest has developed a very strong relationship with the headman Mr. Shandu and the people of this village. The Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg helped with the refurbishing and equipping of the community centre which is a gathering place for the villagers especially the seniors. RC of Winnipeg funded the construction of up to date ablution facilities.
 
As well we helped purchase sewing machines and the cost of training the villagers who wanted to learn to sew garments to help the local economy.
 
      
Over a period of 18 years the Rotary Club (RC) of Winnipeg has worked in partnership with the Rotary Club of Hillcrest to provide support for the iKhethelo (formerly Makaphutu) Children’s Village in the province of Kwazulu-Natal. It is a home for AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Over the past 3 years several of the youngsters who had been taken in as babies have graduated from high school and are into post-secondary education.
 
In the initial stages the RC of Winnipeg sponsored one of the cottages and, subsequently, helped with the refurbishing of the cottages when this became necessary. We provide funds for 2 holiday camps a year for children from IKhethelo and 2 neighbouring villages.
 
In 2017 we discovered that because of the water conservation program, the Village was without water for several hours a day. We partnered with Rotary Club of Hillcrest in a Global Grant (GG) project to construct a rainwater harvesting system and filtration plant at the Village along with the installation of a solar powered water heater in each cottage.
 
  
 
Over the past several years the Rotary Club of Winnipeg has funded 2 holiday camps (summer and winter) for children and youth from the iKhethelo Children’s Village and 2 neighbouring villages. The camps, organized by our fellow Rotarians at Rotary Club of Hillcrest, have been a huge success with participants enjoying enriching developmental activities as well as nutritious food.
 
    
In 2016, in partnership with the Rotary e-club One of South Africa, we contributed to a Global Grant (GG) project to try to increase the graduation rate of high school students in a community near Howick, Kwazulu-Natal (KZN). The project included providing mobile classroom libraries as well as purchasing computers and televisions to help train the teachers to access up to date lessons from the internet. The project was a huge success and resulted in the increase of graduation rate from 40 to 70%.
 
The Department of Education expressed interest in engaging more schools in this kind of initiative. We partnered with the E-Club One of South Africa in another GG project which involved 10 more high schools. The project was completed at the end of 2018.
For the past seven years, the Rotary Club of Winnipeg has provided ongoing funding support for a number of students from South Sudan to attend school in Kenya. Each term our Club provides financial support for the students to pay for their school admission fees and other school related costs  including school supplies.
 
The Rotary Club of Winnipeg has been working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Eldoret-Uasin Gishu, District 9212 in Kenya since 2016 to ensure that these students' needs are being met so that they can complete their elementary and secondary school education. Rotary Club of Eldoret receives and administers the funds that our club contributes.
 
Our club has supported various schools within Guatemala over the past two decades providing basic science equipment for several schools, as well as the scholarship program.
 
Guatemala Scholarship Program:
 

A chance meeting of Kim Hannam, when he was a member of Rotary Club of Winnipeg West and at the same time a member of St.Andrew’s River Heights United Church, with a local Guatemalan flower cultivator, lead to a conversation of what they could do to help the local children go beyond primary school. In the following 20 years schools were built, a scholarship program was created and expanded, now all under the umbrella of the Ripple Effect Program. 

 

With the ongoing support of our Rotary Club and fundraising and legwork by the youth of St. Andrew’ s, many dozens of Guatemala high school and a few university graduates now have  a brighter future. The youth from St.Andrews, on their bi-annual visits to Guatemala, have seen the smiles on the faces of the scholarship recipients and their families. As they witness the effect their contributions have made in these people’s lives, they pass the message on to the next youth groups. We are building leaders here and in Guatemala.

 

Project was completed in 2020.