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Creating Better Futures

As we celebrate The Rotary Foundation’s Centennial we are mindful of the enormous amount of sustainable project work made possible through Global and District grants. These grants enable clubs to make a significant

difference to people’s lives through joining with other clubs and organisations to find sufficient f unds for matched funding from Foundation. All projects require a local partner club and are carefully monitored.


eading Matins are celebrating the commissioning of the borehole that they have been the primary sponsors for in Mutake, Zimbabwe. During the last Rotary Year they raised £1000 and obtained a District Grant for a similar amount. Marlow Thames and Maidenhead Bridge Rotary Clubs also provided some funding to enable Creating Better Futures to sink the borehole at Mutake Primary School.

When the work commenced some weeks ago, it was found that the hole required lining and that sheathed cabling was needed for the electric pump. This meant that the club had to find some more money and they were helped in this by Reading Family Church who paid for all the cabling costs.

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hen Pauline Lowe retired from her post at the malaria research centre in Kilifi, Kenya and returned to the UK, she joined the Rotary Club of Eynsham. As a founder member of the Rotary Club of Kilifi, she was aware of the opportunities offered through Rotary Foundation grants to make real changes to peoples lives. Importantly she had a ready-made partner in her former club for work in Kenya. So she lept into action!

Dr Jim McWhirter’s work with hospitals in rural Uganda is legendary. Since first going to Kamuli with Rotary Doctor Bank, shortly after joining Henley Bridge Rotary Club, his work has expanded

Autumn 2016

Having completed a project to bring clean water to Kilifi schools, her next project was to improve sanitation. In August 2014, the Rotary Clubs of Eynsham, Oxford Spires, Bicester, Witney, Faringdon and Didcot received a grant from the Rotary Foundation to construct latrine blocks in five schools in Kilifi. The project was developed in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kilifi. The six clubs in the consortium contributed the equivalent $10,000 and this was boosted to a total of $40,000 through Rotary District and International grants.

The original proposal was to build 6 latrine blocks consisting of 6 toilets in 6 schools in the Kilifi and Ganze area of Kenya.

The building of the latrines was completed Help for Hospitals in Uganda

enormously. Major improvements at Kamuli were made possible with the help of a Global Grant. Through networks made in Uganda, personal contacts in the UK and help from the Doctor Bank,

his work is far reaching. Sustainability is assured through his partnership with Medicaudit in Uganda. Read more about the work achieved on his Visit Reports at

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by January 2016 in 4 schools: 6 latrine blocks in total with 2 in Mariani primary school and 2 in Ganze primary school where there was felt to be greater need.

The budget for the building of the latrines and the monitoring and evaluation was 3,501,075.00 kshs equivalent to USD$40,568

The balance of 970,770kshs remaining in January 2016 was used to install handwashing facilities at each latrine block. The remaining funds will be used for evaluating the project as required by RI. A few of the rotarians are lecturers at the Pwani University in Kilifi and it was suggested that one of their students could develop a questionnairre for the evaluation of the project and use this as the basis for a dissertation which is part of the degree course.

Following the commissioning of the borehole the club has received lots of photos thanking all the sponsors. Mutake Primary was one of the first schools supported by Creating Better Futures and is one of the schools where Reading Matins provides school meals every school day for all the pupils.

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