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Hear about the Rotary Club of Winnipeg supported project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  This project has supported literacy in women and girls
Great news!  We have reached and surpassed our goal of delivering 1000 Survival Gardens kits to women in remote villages in different parts of South Africa. There was a great celebration held by our partners, Hillside AIDS Community Trust. It took the form of the “GOGO (Grandmother) OLYMPICS” !
Grandmothers participated in various races pulling hippo rollers full of water. The prizes were Survival Gardens kits.
The “off shoot” projects have been equally successful in enabling communities to receive training in growing their own food as well as receiving the necessary tools. These projects were entrusted to other reputable community organizations while we provided the necessary funds. We will hear a presentation on one of these initiatives at our next virtual club meeting.
March 2023 Update on the Survival Gardens Project - South Africa
The latest on the Survival Gardens/Hippo Roller project,  is that we have now crossed the three-quarter mark of our goal of 1000 kits by impacting 767 families in four provinces of South Africa.  The average size of these families is 7, meaning that our work has benefited close to 5,400 people!

In addition a further 30 hippo rollers were recently supplied in conjunction with our current project jointly funded with MCIC, known as "Beyond subsistence: Moving women and men from dependency to dignity through market gardens in South Africa."  This is a project which seeks to further entrench the valuable principles of the ongoing "1000 Survival Gardens" project, by providing motivated household leaders in the community of KwaNgcolosi (KwaZulu-Natal province) with the skills to grow food that will not only provide for their families but also the business skills to generate an income through the sales of excess produce in nearby markets.  This project will benefit another 120 people, thanks to our South African local partner, the Deep Rural Group, in coordination with the Rotary Club of Hillcrest.
Literacy and Economic Support for Women and Girls
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
October 2022
Basic literacy will be provided for up to 900 women and girls in the South Kivu province of the DRC, specifically in the Walungu and Kabare territories.  Empowered with their literacy, the beneficiaries will also receive training to establish community peer-lending networks (Savings and Internal Credit Communities) to consolidate existing financial resources and establish income generating activities to grow local economies.
                                              Winnipeg Rotarian Bagula Namakobwa is championing this project
Survival Gardens Project Update October 2022
October 19, 2022
Dear fellow Rotarians,
On behalf of our World Community Services committee, I wish to thank President Jeannette and our club members for the opportunity to have us showcase a few of our current projects at our in-person meeting on October 12th.  Without your support such projects would not be possible.
With respect to the presentation on the 1000 Survival Gardens project, I promised to share a comprehensive progress report that was released earlier this year.  I encourage you to review the report and discover the lives that have been impacted by this ambitious Rotary project.  Here is the link:
Rotary International President Jennifer Jones called on clubs to shine the light on impactful, sustainable, and scalable Ro­tary projects.  The 1000 Survival Gardens is one such project that amplifies the impact of Rotary service and values.
What started with one ambitious club and 50 hippo water rollers soon grew into a collaboration of over 125 Rotary and Interact clubs who have delivered over 1500 hippo water rollers and over 600 garden kits to mar­ginalized women in South Africa.  Our goal is 10,000.
We thank you again for your past donations and ask for your continuing support by spreading the word and encouraging fellow Rotarians to donate to Rotary Club of Winnipeg’s South Africa Projects.
Gary Dawyduk, International Services Committee
1000 Survival Gardens (SG) Project update
submitted by Gary Dawyduk, July 2021
The project is really hitting its stride with 35 kits delivered since the June report, bringing the total to 260 total kits having reached happy families.  As usual, RC Hillcrest has provided their invaluable assistance in co-ordinating the deliveries, with the latest sent to beneficiaries in the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) province with the cooperation of local NGOs Umgibe Farming Organics and Project Zero2Five.    
The recent social and economic crisis reported in the world news media have caused significant logistics challenges in the KZN region.  Thankfully this situation appears to be settling and we are hopeful to continue apace very soon.  During this crisis we have been in touch with one of our beneficiary communities who have reported that the SG kits are now more valuable than ever given the that food supply chains are anticipated to be further disrupted in the short term as a result of the crisis.
The project has just passed its first anniversary and, with current planning and commitments, we will be closing in on reaching half of our goal with approximately 200 more SG kits slated for delivery in the coming months.  As the success of the project grows, so does the demand with over 300 further applications having been received.

In dollar terms, each SG kit costs CDN$250.00, translating into approximately $112,500 thus far having been raised by the SG committee.  To fulfill our goal of 1000 SG kits, a further $137,500 will need to be raised and the target is to reach this by the end of June 2022.  However, the pace of the project's development and corresponding demand suggests that we may exceed and continue well beyond our set goal.

Our committee's fundraising efforts have encouraged Rotary Clubs to think in terms of donating as many SG kits as they see fit and this approach has resonated with the majority of kits being donated by multiple Rotary Clubs, dozens of individual Club members, and Districts throughout Canada.
May 2021
Greetings, friends and supporters of our projects in South Africa. I hope you are all keeping well and staying safe.
Update May 2021
It is time, once again, for my annual update. How the years have flown by! It seems just a few years ago that, with your support, we joined in the creation of the then “Makaphutu”, now iKhethelo Children’s Village in the Valley of Thousand Hills, South Africa, which took in AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. A few years ago I reported that we had the joy and privilege of meeting the first 2 high school graduates from iKhethelo. Now I can happily tell you that we have many post-secondary graduates who are gainfully involved in various fields of employment. In addition, the Village has become a source of support for the surrounding villages, growing community gardens with them, providing holiday camps for the children and serving as a resource centre for people who have no access to technology, etc.

In the past year we completed another Global Grant project bringing a permanent source of clean water to a neighbouring children’s village as we did at iKhethelo about 5 years ago.
In addition, COVID challenged us to come up with solutions to the serious issue of food shortages in the remote villages. After dabbling in short-term solutions for a few months, we decided to take the lead from the Grannies who were encouraging their fellow grandmothers to grow community gardens as a long term solution. Thus was born our current exciting “1000 Survival Gardens” project for which your kind contributions have enabled us to make an excellent start. We are closing in on delivering over 350 of these SG kits and we would like to reach our goal of 1000 within the next 12 months.
Similarly, we have also started another Global Grant in a village that will combine the sourcing of water along with the development of homestead and One of the many families who have received Survival Garden kits
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela
commercial gardens that will allow for long term self-sufficiency and food security.
As a special treat this year, we are inviting you to register for a virtual presentation via Zoom on this coming June 21st, that will allow you to hear from people involved in carrying out the three projects mentioned above.
Please see the information in the attachment for more details. This will be an excellent opportunity for you, our stalwart friends and supporters, to connect directly with those who are ensuring your donations change the lives of their beneficiaries. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you so much for staying the course with us over so many years. You are continuing to help us make a difference.
With sincere gratitude,
Lily of the Valley Project
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 
Dolophini Project
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, 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!

Dadaab Early Childhood Education - Dadaab Refugee Camp - HumanKind International
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 ( for more details about the Dadaab project.
Gillitts Primary School Sanitation Facilities
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.
Ngcolosi Village community Centre and Skill Acquisition Project
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.
Chirasauta Water Project
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.
Holiday Camps
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.