Lynn Rasmussen, 2006-07 International Service
International Project in the Philippines
District Governor Elect George Fontaine and Kihei-Wailea President Paige Fontaine will share their experiences in the Philippines when they attended the Blessing and Ribbon cutting of a Water Tank and Purification Project for the Centennial Housing at Brookside, Bagong, Silangan, Quezon, Philippines.
This International Project involved District 3780,The Rotary Club Loyola Heights, Philippines.
District 5000 Clubs; The Rotary Club of Kihei-Wailea, Rotary Club of Maui, Rotary Club of
Kahului and the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise.
In addition to this great project, on behalf of the Rotary Club of Kahului, Eleri Agsalog donated $300 for Christmas gifts to the area orphanage! Enjoy this great story of how Rotary works!!!
Kihei-Wailea Past President and Project Coordinator Mark Harbison presents Past President Paul Felix, International Services Chair, Lynn Rasmussen, and Grants Coordinator Cesar Gaxiola with an appreciation plaque on behalf of the Rotary Club of Loyola Heights for partnership and participation in a Centennial Housing Project in Brookside, Brgy. Bagong Silangan, Quezon City Philippines.
Click here to see the project details. Great job on an awesome project!!!
Another Philippines water project (http://www.helplucena.com) is being spearheaded by Kihei-Wailea Club's Paige Fontaine, Shayla Middleton, and Mark Harbison. We have the opportunity to assist with the financing of a new above ground water tank and water purification system that will assure the long-term sustenance of Lucena City's City Social Welfare Complex.
Lucena City is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the Philippines. Although its economy is developing, it is also attracting people from rural areas and the result is shortages in housing, sanitation, jobs, education, and more. A pressing need has been with caring for street children. They describe the situation of street children this way: "It's not a good sight to see children begging, scavenging for scrap, peddling news papers, cigarettes and sampaguita garlands, and sniffing solvent materials like rugby."
In response, the City of Lucena has built the City Social Welfare Complex. This Social Welfare complex we are supporting is not only a village we will be providing water for, it is a center in a city that supports disadvantaged families and street children. In a city of approx 220,000 population, 47% are considered at or below poverty line. With over twelve departments, this complex serves the city and surrounding communities in so many ways, The major services offered are; Residential Care for Street Boys, Residential Care for Abused Girls, Senior Citizens Welfare Program/Services, Persons with Disability Welfare Program/Projects, Health Protection conducted at the Barangay Health Center catering to residents and the whole village, Women Welfare Program/Projects & Day Care Center.
With help from the Embassy of Japan, the City Government has built a new expanded boys' crisis building and is building a new center for girls, but the boys' shelter is empty and neither can be occupied because of lack of beds and running water. Both two-level facilities will need more water than ever. However, because of the increasing cost of materials, the approved budget would not allow for the construction of a big water tank to distribute water to the two residential care units, as well as the other center-based facilities. Neither have any furnishings, including beds - another need that we can meet.
The issue about water has long been a problem at the Complex. The need for the construction of a big water tank and a water purification system is urgent. The number of people staying in at the two centers, and those who come for services for a day is enormous. Water is a basic need for the homes, for the washrooms and for the maintenance of the complex. This problem has long been in existence, and the limited capability of the local government goes only as far as the sustenance of wards and intervention programs. Proposals have been submitted for support to various civic organizations to partner but have not received any positive response.
Residents and volunteer among the sectors in need of the programs would contribute volunteer work/labor to enable the construction at a minimal cost. To some extent, local clubs can also contribute labor and other requirements of the project. Only the materials and essential technical input will be paid up or hired. All the rest would be done using volunteers.