Rotary club looks back on decades of cultural links and friendships - The Leamington Observer

Rotary club looks back on decades of cultural links and friendships

Leamington Editorial 9th May, 2021   0

WARWICK Rotary has looked back over the past 40 years which has seen it work to improve lives in Africa.

During a virtual meeting, club members heard from projects they have contributed to which have helped better the lives of those living in East and West Africa.

They first began in Bo in Sierra Leone and have since seen professionals and teachers from the two towns visit to form cultural understandings and friendships.

Working with organisation One World Link, Warwick Rotary helped raise funds to build a hospital.

A rotary spokeswoman said: “In 2017 Warwick Rotary Club obtained a global grant to provide solar power and a back-up generator for the maternity unit, later sending aid funding during the Ebola crisis.

“Recent projects have seen water provision in the town marketplace and school.

“Former Leamington councillor Jane Knight also continues to visit Bo whenever possible and future projects will extend water and sanitation.”

The next speaker was Peter Phillips from the Rotary Club of Darlington which focused on Vingujine Primary School in Musambweni, south of Mombasa in Kenya.

Some 25 years ago he found the village school meeting under a tree and organised the construction of classrooms.

Now out-grown and dilapidated with 1,200 pupils, improvements are in hand and a Rotary Global Grant, to which Warwick Rotarians contributed, targeted water, toilets and hygiene.

Alan Bailey from Warwick Rotary said: “Both speakers re-enforced that here in the UK we don’t know how lucky we are.

“It is inspirational to see what can be done if we work together. The club will continue to support charitable efforts in Africa and elsewhere, bringing children in Warwickshire and Africa an insight into each other’s lives.”

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