If we want to create a lasting Rotary impact in our communities, education is one of the keys to it. If we plant or gift Education and Literacy, we will reap a better future.
For this month of September, our District was tasked to concentrate in one of Rotary focus of Service – Basic Education and Literacy. And we did it thru Information Technology or IT.
IT is the way to the future. And this is the biggest challenge everywhere especially in public schools. Compare to students of private schools, most of our public school students are not exposed to the wonders and convenience of education thru internet technology. There are even public school libraries with no computers.
But I am glad and proud to share the commitment of our District in this area. Our TRF contributions have worked! The power of international partnerships is bear fruits and we are benefitting from it.
For the past 3 years, our District has devoted 50% of its District Designated Fund (DDF) in buying computers for public school libraries. The computers committed in RY 2013-14 have been released while those for RY 2014-15 are being processed now.
IPDG Jude Doctora informed me that our District has just received a Global Grant funding of USD$50,000 for 32 Rotary Libraries. Each library will receive 2 computers and 500 story books will be distributed to designated public schools through our partner clubs.
What more, IPP Chris Sorongon got the support of RC Makati Olympia in our educational drive. They will send 3 20- foot containers of books for our District. Iloilo for Panay public schools will get 1. The other two will go to Bacolod for Negros area, and to Zamboanga for SouthWest Mindanao area. Thank you, RC Makati Olympia.
RC Roxas has also received a Global Grant funding of USD$135,000 to help Roxas Public School for Philippine Craftsman in its Vocational Training and Community Development. This will benefit more than 200 students every year.
Not far behind is RC Bacolod. It is working on its Global Grant of $49,000 to build E-libraries in Bacolod City soon.
Is this all? Nope.
Another Global Grant application of UD$50,000 for 32 Rotary Libraries in our District has been submitted to The Rotary Foundation for approval.
We are blessed!