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Rotary Club of Jamestown
Often we are reluctant to donate money to a worthy cause because we aren’t sure that our money actually reaches those it is intended for. Donating through Rotary is a way to alleviate those worries. The Jamestown Noon Rotary Club is fortunate to have a member who goes on location, checks and reports the progress to the Club. David and Marissa Troxell presented an update on two of our ongoing international projects currently sponsored by the Noon Club, weavers in Nepal and a school in Cambodia.
WEAN, Women’s Entrepreneurial Association of Nepal consists of a three year commitment by our club in association with a sister club at Jawalekhel, Nepal. The program consists of approximately 25 women learning to earn a living by producing high quality hand woven mats. All was on track until the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April. The area where the women live was not affected by the earthquake, unfortunately the areas where they had hoped to sell their mats were devastated, mainly the capital city of Katmandu. The earthquake has put the entire county into a holding pattern, including the WEAN project.
Next we shifted our attention to a small school in Cambodia. This is a school for children so poor that they can’t afford to attend the public school, even though it is free. There are 335 students in first through ninth grades. Without the funding of Rotary Clubs around the world this school could not exist, Rotary pays for everything from transportation, to school uniforms. Our club has provided funding for grass on the playground, books and the Troxells teach while they are there. One of the most heartwarming projects initiated by our club is a pen pal program between Love School in Jamestown and the Cambodian School. In addition to their classes the children receive two hot meals a day and each family receives a 50 lb. bag of rice. There is an immediate need for individual student sponsors. Each of the 335 students needs to be sponsored, and they still need sponsors for this year. If you are interested please contact David Troxell, (716) 969-7165 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.