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West Springfield Rotary Gets $101,000 Grant to Help African Children

Funds Will Be Used to Promote Education in Sierra Leone

Rotary International (RI) and District 7610 have awarded a $101,000 grant to the Rotary Clubs of West Springfield, Gainesville-Haymarket and Caroline County, Virginia and Bo, Sierra Leone to support three primary schools in remote villages in that extremely poor West African nation.  The assistance to the schools will result in significant, sustained improvements in their ability to provide the necessary primary education and in turn drive long term positive impacts for their local communities.

The grant will enable the Rotary Clubs to install latrines and solar electricity systems in each school and send three teachers from each school to Njala University for training and certification. It will also provide for water filtration systems, school furniture, and basic school supplies.  Another major element is health and sanitation training.

During this three-year project, the Rotary clubs will be working with the three villages to ensure they develop local funding sources and implement practices to sustain the schools into the future.  In addition to requiring that the project be sustainable, RI grants require extensive project monitoring to measure success against well-defined metrics.  The service project progress will be regularly updated on the Rotary Club of West Springfield Facebook site devoted to this project:

About Rotary:  Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.  Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision. For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and we stay committed to the end.


Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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