September GIFT - Education and Literacy thru IT

Governor's Message, September 2015
District 3850 Governor Oliver N. Ong

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!

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