Rotary Club of Forest Hill

International Service

Rotary strives to improve world understanding, goodwill and peace.   We do this through improving the health and education of people in need.

We raise money from Rotarians and the general public.   It all goes on projects to help others in need.  For 2017/18 we have supported

  • The Hope Katolo School with $3,000
  • Pencils to "Draw a Future" with $3,000 worth of pens and pencils sent to Tavenui school in Fiji
  • $1,000 towards to district East Timor lighting project
  • $500 for the Rumbek school in South Sudan
  • $1,350 towards eradicating polio in the world
  • $500 for the Rotary Foundation, the largest Humanitarian Fund in the world
  • $500 for Interplast set up in the 1960's to build overseas medical capabilities in underdeveloped countries fully accredited by the Dept of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • $1,000 set aside to respond to disasters in the world

Items below are

1.   RUMBEK SCHOOL, SOUTH SUDAN

2.   FOREIGN COIN COLLECTION FOR UNICEF

3.   HOPE KATOLO SCHOOL in KENYA

4.   NASAVUSAVU DISTRICT SCHOOL in FIJI (ABCD project )

Sam Manhom was one of the "lost boys of South Sudan".  He ran away to Kenya, spent 12 years in a camp, came to Australia, did manual work while he obtained book keeping qualifications, was given a job by Bob Williams at the Good Shepherd Foundation, and got a degree in accountancy from Victoria University.  He wanted to build a school in his home area of Rumbek.   With financial assistance from Rotary clubs of Forest Hill and of Manningham, the South Sudanese community, Rotary District Grants and the general public he raised the required AUD$89,000 for a 4 -room school, teacher’s room, toilets and water bore.   Local chiefs provided the land.  The local Catholic Diocese run a school some distance away and agreed to oversee the construction and when complete to provide teachers and run the school of equal numbers of girls and boys, total 80 in all.   The walls are now going up (March 2017). 

 FOREIGN COIN COLLECTION FOR UNICEF

RC of Forest Hill has initiated this D9810 project.   DG (2014-15) Tony Monley in his year said "This is a great initiative involving little effort and no expense that could be a great source of publicity.   Ron Brooks needs the help of all clubs"

UNICEF emailed " Rotary & UNICEF are a perfect match. Our history is working overseas for children in need and we have been converting foreign coins for funding over the last 24 years."   UNICEF works in over 190 countries protecting and improving the lives of underprivileged children. 

Since 2014-15, with help from over 20 district clubs we have collected 300kgs of coins and notes which have been couriered off to UNICEF who have valued them at $10,000.   We have another 37kgs of coins and notes for delivery. 

SO GET OUT THAT COFFEE JAR (see picture) AND LET'S RECYCLE OUR WASTE COINS INTO SOMETHING VALUABLE FOR KIDS.


Hope Kotolo School, Kenya
They are now doing extensions to the buildings to house more children
Melanie & Leanne Haley, the two sisters, who are the driving force behind the fundraising for this Nursery School in Kenya have established the school of about 80 students aged 3 to 6 years but up to 15% are HIV+.   Rotary has been an essential key along with many individuals and organisations providing funds for new buildings, water tanks, vegetable gardens, sick bay, twice-daily meals, school uniforms, staff salaries and security fencing to make this possible. The school has been run by Georgina Achieng as principal with currently 3 teachers of the three age grades. It always thrills us to hear Melanie & Leanne speak because it shows how much help can occur if directed efficiently and in this case they have raised and carefully used $130,000 in helping those less fortunate especially to improve the lot of children whose poverty, HIV status, poor water quality and many other like problems that were not their fault.  The locals provide all the labour with funds paying for materials.

The club donated $3,000 for two water tanks for the school.   The locals installed the tanks themselves.   This has made the school self sufficient in safe clean water and will save the school children having to waste school time gathering water from an inadequate creek supply.

The sick bay has now been completed (see pictures below) using local materials paid for by donations and local labour provided freely.

Email received from Georgina Achieng (18th May 2017)

I am so so so happy to inform you that the sickbay is complete and painted already just waiting for the beds and beddings,. I believe it shall really be very helpful,below are some pics of the progress of the sickbay building , please pass my sincere thanks to the Forest Hill Rotary club members and you (Melanie & Leanne) too.

 Here is the extra water tank our club provided being installed by local labour 

 Children on an excursion

 Children on excursion

Teachers on excursion with the children 

 Now they have clean fresh water from the tanks that Forest Hill provided, they have decided to build their own chicken shed to provide eggs and chicken for the children.   Fantastic committment from the local people.

 The ABCD project will use the old concrete floor and septic tank at NASAVUSAVU school, Fiji but instal a new building with separate facilities for males and females, a new floor and wall tiling and new plumbing, toilets and hand washing facilities.   RC of Forest Hill will provide $3,400 while others will give $3,250 and the labour will be provided locally. 

Old toilet block 

Old urinal