The Falmouth Rotary Club is joining with the 6th Grade Students of Morse Pond School Falmouth for:
A WALK FOR WATER IN SUPPORT OF THEIR “SISTER SCHOOL” IN MOMBASA, KENYA
PROJECT GOAL: $ 5,000.00
THE 311 STUDENTS OF THE 6TH GRADE HAVE ISSUED A CHALLENGE TO THE FALMOUTH AND CAPE COD COMMUNITY TO JOIN WITH THEM IN RAISING FUNDS TO INSTALL NEW WELLS AND IMPROVED SANITATION FACILITIES AT A 1300 STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL. THE STUDENTS WILL WALK 6 KL CARRYING 6 LITERS OF WATER IN A BACKPACK ON APRIL 17th, 2015 AT THE MORSE POND SCHOOL. THEIR STUDIES THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAVE CENTERED ON THE SERIOUS LACK OF CLEAN WATER IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER CONSERVATION. MORE INFO AND BACKGROUND ON THE SCHOOL BELOW!
YOUR HELP IS ASKED IN MEETING THEIR GOAL - PLEASE SEND ANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO:
FALMOUTH ROTARY CLUB
C/O MR. JIM LANCASTER, CHAIR
P O BOX 749
EAST FALMOUTH, MA. 02536
or send donations via PayPal:
Special Thanks to our Sponsors:
Cumberland Farms in East Falmouth, Kenyon's Market, Coke-Cola Distributing of Sandwich, Pepsi Bottling - in Sagamore Beach
2 cases of oranges was donated for the students participating by Stop&Shop in Teaticket.
All the water (over 900 bottles) will be collected at the end of the event and donated to the Falmouth Service Center!
BACK GROUND INFORMATIOM ABOUT THE SCHOOL
Kengeleni primary school and nursery school is situated in the North coast of Mombasa town
(Kenya) off new Nyali Bridge adjacent to Kongowea Wholesale/retail market
The school’s catchment area is extensive and densely populated due to it’s nearness to the market
and also slum dwellings around it.
Kengeleni Primary school was started in January 1994 to ease congestion at kongowea and
maweni primary schools respectively that are about 4kms apart.
Initially the pupils were learning under poor structures until Elimu foundation under the
patronage of Shakila constructed a modern one story building with a classroom.
Most of the parents do small scale business like hawking in and around the market. A small
population is on full time employment. Some parents do not have anything to do thus depend on
relatives and well-wishers. This has made the school to have a high number of children who are
poor. Some children are infected by HIV/AIDS from their parents and are always sickly. A good
number are orphans some with mother or father dead. Others do not have both mother and father
thus complete orphans.
The school was initially constructed to accommodate 320 children that is 40 per class but due to
its location in a densely populated area with slums and the introduction of free primary education
and education for all, a policy from the government, the school population has risen
• SCHOOL POPULATION
Currently the school population stands at 1,300 children from nursery to primary (Boys:
615 Girl’s: 685) total 1,300
• Sanitation facilities (toilets)
The toilets are 10 in number out of the whole population of 1,300 pupils due to
the high number of children almost all the toilets are broken down.
The water sinks are all broken down. The drainage system is overstretched because of the huge
waste disposal from the children. They overflow and smell.
All the taps are broken due to the number of children accessing very few taps at one water point.
Being around banana wholesale market, the market disposes waste from the banana at the gate of
school making it very hard for pupils to enter the school because the gate is always chocked with waste.
We need to employ a person to remove the waste after burning it.
The dirt has made the children to contract diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting
The school has been experiencing acute water shortage that can persist for 3 months forcing the
school to buy water from the vendors.
A 20 litre jerrican goes for Ksh 20.for the school to run smoothly we are forced to purchase 100
twenty litre jerricans that costs the school Ksh 2000 daily.
This makes life unbearable to both children and teachers since the school needs water for
The school is under the feeding programme from the World Food Organization and we feed all
The nursery children also drink porridge prepared at the school. The porridge is a donation from
an organization called A.C.T.S (Assist a Child to School).
The school uses flash toilets which stink due to water shortage. The toilets are also in dire need
After taking lunch within the school compound children and plenty of water for drinking and
washing their plates and hands.
Since water is not available the children sneak out of the compound to the slums looking for
water which is very dangerous since the slums carry all sorts of people: drunkards, thugs,
burglars and even rapists.
The kitchen which is used to prepare food for the children is in poor state? We need to repair it
so it can look attractive.
Once we get a well the school shall be sure of getting daily water supply for cooking and
cleaning the toilets and the drainage system.
The community around will also benefit from the water.
PROJECTS TO BE UNDERTAKEN
1. Replacing all the sanitation facilities:
• Drainage system
• Repair of the perimeter wall
• Building more water points
• Daily cleaning of the dump site
• Drilling and construction of a borehole (well)
This program was awarded a congressional Citation in 2012 by Congressman Keating.
The specifics: CONCERT: February 14th, 2014 at the Tilden Arts Center, C.C. Community College, Hyannis at 7:00 -9:30 PM. Tickets $5.00 students / $10.00 adults at the door.
BENEFITING: Cape veterans by fully funding a summer "Stand Down" program organized by Duffy Health Center and the Veterans' Outreach Center. Their program brings 35 agencies to the Campus of Cape Cod Academy for a day of free services for vets. We are also expanding our contributions to the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ homeless programs and local food pantries.
Background: Kids involved: We've been working with Dance Designs and the Beth Walsh Dance Troop - and with several big dance numbers now part of our program, we involve at least 90 dancers alone. Throw in the Conservatory and several bands as well as individual acts from participating schools... and then our CCA production crew and the extra hands the bands bring and the total involvement of young people approaches 200. The 2013 concert also featured a band from Brazil and a dance troop from India, traveling here at their own expense to be a part of the Shelter experience and to bring some ideas home with them.
Money raised: Our first concert fed the Noah Shelter for 4 months. In order to finance the Stand Down program for our veterans and support various local homeless relief efforts, we'll need to raise around 15,000 dollars this year, exceeding what the concert raised last year. We've raised over 50 thousand dollars in the first 6 years, doing better each year. We are grateful to our donors: individuals, local businesses, banks and foundations.
Consciousness raised: The Shelter concert has become a kind of bull's eye - a focal point for not only raising money but for directing public attention to serious local needs. Local media, both print and radio, have been very generous. In each case, we get to talk about the central purpose of our efforts, to house the homeless and now: to assist our local veterans. Regarding our veterans, 26% of the nation's homeless population are veterans who've served our country. A veteran is taking his own life every 80 minutes now. The Shelter project gets all these kids helping and starting conversations all over the Cape. Our organizers and performers know they are changing lives (even saving lives) with what they do. Certainly, some of the lives that are changed are their own.
Organizations & Contact info.: CAPE COD ACADEMY is a private school, pre-K through 12 with a deep tradition of public service. The concert organizers are members of People-to-People International and the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy. CONTACT Lawrence Brown, CCA, faculty & Concert Director at 508-428-5400 at Cape Cod Academy, 508-771-5096 at home evenings.
Duffy Health Center: The mission of the Duffy Health Center is to provide caring, comprehensive health care and support services to those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to be a catalyst for individual empowerment and community solutions to homelessness. Duffy provides actual treatment & counseling for substance abuse & psychological problems — and basic medical care for the homeless. 104 Park Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-7517
Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center: Offers a wide array of services for veterans including case work and serves as a conduit to additional local services when needed. The center also serves as a social center for area vets and operates an ambitious food pantry as well. 94 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-9599
COME TO THE CONCERT! Bring your family. It’s one of the artistic highlights of the year – and you’ll leave feeling terrific! That’s a promise.
We’ve got around 200 young people from schools across Cape Cod collaborating on this, as performers, organizers, stage hands and ushers. They’ve picked the vets and the homeless as deserving of their efforts. PLEASE BE A CONTRIBUTER. This is a beautiful thing to be a part of. 100% of donations go to programs, no overhead.
WE’LL GET YOU PUBLIC RECOGNITION IF YOU REQUEST IT. Businesses and “god-parent” donors ($1,000 and up) are listed on a full-color overhead screen projection that continues on a loop before the program, during intermission and afterwards.
Please make checks out to Cape Cod Academy, noted as “Shelter.”
CONTACT: Lawrence Brown, Cape Cod Academy email@example.com 508-428-5400
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment:
By: Moira Bundschuh
I remember many attributes of my mother. She had this funny, contagious, fully red-faced laugh that could fix my bad mood in a moment. She fit what seemed like 30 hours of things to do into each day. She carted me
to every club, craft, art lesson and activity I wanted to try next. But what I remember most about my mother is her desire to help people. She wasn’t a social worker or teacher, doctor or director of a non-profit. Instead, for most of her life, she ran a small local care-taking business with my father. It was what she did in her off time that sunk deep into my soul and shaped who I am today.
My mom, Cindy, helped people. Quiet, little things that many people never knew about and she didn’t talk much about. From the time I was a toddler, I remember her bringing me to the toy store and asking me to pick out a gift to give to a child whose parents couldn’t afford Christmas. Other times, we would make sandwiches to give to the Salvation Army for their bagged lunch programs. We’d sit at the kitchen table with piles of bread, condiments and meats making assorted sandwiches to hand out to people that needed something to eat. She’d make sure that we did it well because it was important that the sandwich look like something we would want to eat. When someone she knew, maybe a friend or a cousin, was short on the mortgage, car payment or utility bill, my mom would sit down at her desk with all of her bills and figure out a way to pay a little less of our bills that month and help the person whose home, car or lights were in jeopardy. Every once in a while she would say something to me like,“Everyone has a hard time in their life and it is important to help in some way.” It could be babysitting a child or taking them for a weekend so that parents could recharge. Every once in a while it was buying extra food and bringing it to a food pantry. She volunteered at nursing homes and, for the last ten years of her life, worked with people with dementia during their final days.
It was just a part of her life and became a part of mine. It was her very greatest gift to me. Now, as a mother, I think about all of the little things that she did for others and how she included me in those. It didn’t need to be a grand fundraising activity or personally saving an entire endangered species. Instead, my mother taught me about seeing the needs around me each day and having the courage to try to meet those needs if able. So, I bring my children to buy presents for others, just as my mom did with me. My four year old comes with me to help out with Homework at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center sometimes. This summer she walked a part of a few 5K races with me…she doesn’t know the charities and she doesn’t need to right now. We’re laying the groundwork. When she makes a beautiful picture, she asks if she can give it to a friend down the street. She’s starting to think about making the world a better place.
During the next few months, I’ll be talking to moms on Cape Cod who are serving others in their community. They’re moms like you and me who have decided that each small act of kindness can add up to real change. In addition, we’ll highlight some great local non-profits or charities that make an impact everyday in the lives of people on Cape Cod.
If you have a volunteer mom friend to nominate, feel free to send their name, contact information and a brief description of why you think they are a great volunteer mom to firstname.lastname@example.org
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