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Friends of Eaton Street
Handicapped children in Onesti, Romania
SWINGS AND ROUNDABOUTS
The Rotary Club of Rainhill have provide full funding for a play area at a centre for abandoned and handicapped children in Onesti, Romania and the club are looking to fund the upkeep of this play area so as to give it a long lease of life and provide years of enjoyment for these poor children. The club also paid for a urgently needed wheel chair for one of the handicapped children.
This centre which is occupied mainly by boys is funded by an organisation called "Foundation for a Better Life" (Fundatia pentru un viitor mai bun) and a leading light in that organisation is a resident of Eccelston, St Helens, Mr John Leake MBE.
These children as with many children in other parts of the world would be deprived of any quality of life or any education without the support of organisations like Foundation for a Better Life. The organisation looks to give financial and practical support to the Orphanages for the abandoned handicapped children, help individual cases of hardship, support young people to access further education and to enhance the education of the pupils of poor village schools.
Over the years this organisation has been funded through kind donations from local churches schools, individuals, friends and family and organisations such as Rotary.
As John Leake said. " I suppose its all about giving life chances to those less fortunate than us". and as Alan Buckley Chair of International at the Rotary Club of Rainhill says, " Rotary is all about helping to transform the lives of people in desperate need.
THERE FROM THE START
ARISE COMMUNITY SCHOOL
THE ROTARY CLUB OF RAINHILL HAVE HELPED TO GET A DESPERATELY NEEDED SCHOOL UP AND RUNNING FOR A REMOTE COMMUNITY IN TANZANIA .
FOR SOME YEARS A RETIRED COUPLE FROM THE WINDLE AREA OF ST HELENS, RON AND SUE HAYES HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING BOTH CHILDREN'S HOMES/ORPHANAGES AND SCHOOLS IN TANZANIA AND KENYA. THEY HAVE VISITED THEM, WORKED IN THEM AND PROVIDED BOTH MONIES AND MATERIALS.
IN FEBRUARY/MARCH 2012 ROTARIAN ALAN BUCKLEY FROM THE ROTARY CLUB OF RAINHILL AND HIS WIFE MARGARET WENT OUT WITH THEM TO TANZANIA AND KENYA CONTINUING THE STERLING WORK RON AND SUE HAD ALREADY DONE.
THEY ALSO SAW FIRST HAND THE PLIGHT AND HARDSHIP SUFFERED BY A LOT OF THE CHILDREN WHO RESIDED IN THE COMMUNITIES SCATTERED ABOUT THE FOOTHILLS OF KILIMANJARO.
ONE SUCH COMMUNITY, THE VILLAGE OF WIRI, LIKE MANY OTHERS HAD NO SCHOOL FOR THE CHILDREN TO ATTEND. ANY CHILDREN FROM WIRI THAT DID ATTEND SCHOOL HAD TO WALK A RETURN JOURNEY OF SOME 15K.
IT WAS A DREAM FOR AN ELDER OF THIS VILLAGE AND HIS SON TO PROVIDE AN ENGLISH SPEAKING SCHOOL FOR THEIR COMMUNITY. THE ELDER HAD A SMALL PLOT OF LAND THAT ONCE PRODUCED CROP BUT THE CROP NO LONGER FLOURISHED AND SO HE DEDICATED THIS LAND FOR THE SCHOOL.
THEY HAD VERY LITTLE MONIES THEMSELVES AND SO WITH DONATIONS FROM RON AND SUE HAYES, FRIENDS AND FAMILY THE SITE WAS CLEARED AND BUILDING STARTED ON THE FIRST CLASSROOM IN MARCH/APRIL 2012. WATER WAS PIPED TO THE SITE AND VERY QUICKLY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BECAME INVOLVED.
THE ROTARY CLUB OF RAINHILL HAVE PROVIDED FUNDING TO SUPPORT THE BUILDING OF THAT FIRST CLASSROOM, THE DESKS AND CHAIRS IN THAT CLASSROOM AND THE SALARY OF THE FIRST TEACHER.
THE SCHOOL OPENED ITS DOORS TO 14 CHILDREN AND CURRENTLY THERE ARE 32 ATTENDING THE SCHOOL. A FURTHER TEN ARE REGISTERED TO START IN JANUARY2014 (THE START OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR).
ALTHOUGH THE LONG TERM AIM IS TO MAKE THE SCHOOL SELF FINANCING , GIVEN THE POVERTY IN THE AREA THE FEE BEING CHARGED FOR TUITION HAS DELIBERATELY BEEN KEPT VERY LOW IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE ATTENDANCE.
OF THE 32 CHILDREN CURRENTLY ATTENDING 18 HAVE FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN ASSESSED AS BEING UNABLE TO AFFORD THE LOW FEE. LUCKILY 18 SPONSORS (WHICH INCLUDE RON AND SUE HAYES AND ALAN AND MARGARET ) FOR EACH OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE BEEN FOUND WHO COVER THE COSTS OF THEM RECEIVING EDUCATION. MORE SPONSORS WILL BE REQUIRED IN THE FUTURE IF CHILDREN OF THIS COMMUNITY ARE TO ATTEND THIS SCHOOL.
THE NEED FOR A SECOND CLASSROOM HAS QUICKLY BEEN IDENTIFIED AND SOME LOCAL PEOPLE HAVE DONATED SAND, CEMENT AND OTHER BUILDING MATERIALS,WHILST LOCAL FUNDIS(WORKMEN) ARE GIVING THEIR LABOUR FREE.
MONEY IS NOW URGENTLY NEEDED TO COMPLETE THE BUILDING WORK FURNISH AND EQUIP THE CLASSROOM READY FOR THE JANUARY 2014 INTAKE OF CHILDREN.
FOLLOWING THIS A PROPER KITCHEN NEEDS TO BE BUILT TO PREPARE PORRIDGE MEALS FOR THE CHILDREN AND ELECTRICITY NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT TO THE SITE.
THE SCHOOL HAS GRABBED THE FULL ATTENTION OF THE COMMUNITY AND IS BEING USED FOR A VARIETY OF OTHER ACTIVITIES INCLUDING CHILDREN'S CLUBS, PRIMARY HEALTH ISSUES AND MEDICAL TREATMENTS.
SHOULD IT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP AND GROW IT COULD BE THE "ACORN BECOMING THE OAK TREE ". IT WILL GIVE MORE AND MORE CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY OF AN EDUCATION, THE COMMUNITY A VALUABLE RESOURCE AND FULFIL THE DREAM OF MANY. THE ROTARY CLUB OF RAINHILL WILL BE LOOKING TO SUPPORT IT AND HELP IT GROW.
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