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We are excited about our recent partnership with One World Children’s Fund, a U.S. based non profit. Our partnership allows our supporters in the U.S. to make a tax deductable donation to us. Three easy steps, log onto www.owcf.org , choose partners from the menu bar, choose Negril Rotary, click on the donate button. 100% of your donation will go to our education fund. Your funds will allow us to continue to provide scholarships, uniforms, books, and transportation to the youth in our community.
DG Paul Brown and his wife Kay graciously toured the Negril community
on 9 Sept with our Board members. The projects showcased were Negril
All Age School computer project and literacy programme; Happy Hearts
ECI new lunchroom, sick bay, office and other improvements; Risen
Messiah ECI ceilings, water storage and playground; Gertie McKenzie
ECI new toilet/washroom building and lightning protection; and St
Anthony’s Soup Kitchen where our ongoing partnership with Fr Jim Bok
includes Get Kids to School, Get Registered and Christmas Meals and
DG Paul Brown conducted a “Health of a Club Checklist” meeting with
Board members over lunch at Sea Star Inn. In the evening several RC
of Negril members joined DG Brown at a joint meeting, social and
dinner in Savanna-La-Mar with members of the Sav, Lucea and Black
Members of our Club appreciate the opportunity to “show and tell.”
We’re proud of all of our projects and ongoing programmes.
Rotarian Sabine Bolenius-Brown reports that there are now four new
certified and licensed lifeguards prepared for employment in Negril.
Our Club provides funds for pre-training by volunteers Sabine and her
husband Ken Brown of Dream Team Divers, official training by Royal
Life Saving Society, certification fees and transportation costs
during the weeklong trials at Long Bay Beach. Congratulations to
Ajorney Gillespie, Tabia Williams, Shendel Grant and Jesuth Dewar!
Big up Sabine & Ken for their dedication!
Rotarian Winston Wellington arranged to have a volunteer visiting
dental hygienist donate her time and knowledge at St Anthony’s Soup
Kitchen in mid-August. She gave out toothbrushes and floss and
assisted the children with proper brushing and flossing; parents were
also given directions on how to supervise their children while caring
for their teeth and mouths.
Rotary of Negril marked ten years of community service on June 10th 2014. We want to thank our founding members for their vision and energy in creating our club. BIG UP to Kofi Asante, Sabine Bolenius-Brown, Gary Caesar, Hartley Crowley, Toral Chudasama, Prakash Chuganey, Angel Clarke, Diane Ennevor, Susan Evanko, Dolores Farris, Steven Geraurd, Audrey Hutchinson, Sonja King, Jackie Lewis, Lynette Lynch, Roberta Pryor, Francis Williams, Lambert Williams, Hugh Wint, and Alan Young. Stay tuned for our celebration plans.
One of our longest running programmes is our Sponsorship/Scholarship programme. This programme insures that 13 children from single parent families have lunch money and school fees. We partner with parents in transportation costs. With the help of funds from RC of Molome, IL, USA this programme ensures the continued support of these families.
Once a child has been accepted by us we commit to the child's entire education through High school. We develop relationships with the families and have good rapport with most parents who share the desire to send their children to school regularly for education and proper socialization.
Consulting with the headmistress (principle) four new children have been identified as candidates for this programme. Without our programme these children would be unable to attend school everyday due to the fees associated : uniform, books, transport and lunch
Alaskans Yvonne and Brian Cleary volunteered two years of their lives (2008-2010) in our Negril community. Yvonne was a guidance counselor and teacher at Theodora Project (alternative school for ages 17-25). Brian was the IT specialist and literacy teacher at Negril All Age School (NAAS).
When Yvonne and Brian returned to Negril on a holiday after 4 years, Rotarians coordinated a pizza party reunion on 11 June with former Theodora students and NAAS teachers.
“This gathering is beyond all expectations and you’ll never know how much we miss and are in awe of all of you!” said Yvonne.
The 24 Grade 4 students we helped at Negril All Age School took their test the first week of June; unfortunately, we will not know the results until start of school in September.
We wish to thank each of the 22 volunteer tutors for their dedication and patience! The love between student and tutor was obvious – as many times, the minute a student saw their tutor enter the school ground, he or she would grab their book bag, and stand up at Ms. Johnson’s desk awaiting permission to go. Most of the tutors found the desired session was after 10 am when the public library opened and we were welcomed to work in that spacious and quiet environment. A portion of the hour was often spent in the library’s computer room on learning sites such as Starfall and Mrnussbaum.
This programme will start up again in October with the handful of students who do not pass the Grade 4 test. We are dialoguing with school officials to begin working with students in either Grade 1 or 2 to assist those who are struggling with reading at a younger age.
For the past six months twenty 4th graders & five 5th graders benefitted from the Negril Rotary Literacy Programme. Students and volunteer tutors concentrated on reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Our tutors were both local Negrilites and international visitors. Along with the focus on literacy, other bonds were built. Students thrived by not only the intellectual connections but by the compassion of the tutors. It was evident that the students blossomed with the dedication and commitments from their mentors. The heart-warming connections were expressed by everyone as they had to say farewell for the year.
Rotary Negril teamed with Dream Team Divers to provide pre-training and support for 8 young men who were striving to obtain Certified Lifeguard credentials through the Royal Life Saving Society.
The project was an overwhelming success, with 7 of the 8 participants receiving their credentials and becoming immediately employable in the industry. The pre-training included all aspects of first aid and CPR, as well as swimming and rescue techniques. Participants were supported with funding from Negril Rotary for pre-training, Royal Life Saving Society training, a tutor for reading skills, as well as travel and lunch funds.
In collaboration with St. Anthony’s Soup Kitchen (operated by Mary Gate of Heaven Catholic Church and the Franciscan Friars), the Rotary Club of Negril has made the community programme “Get Kids To School” one of their priorities for the year.
For more information or to donate to this programme, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The second, and perhaps equally important element of the Programme “Get Kids to School”, is called "Get Registered". This aspect is intended to encourage and provide support to parents and children to obtain basic required documentation, such as identity cards and birth certificates, necessary to function effectively and progress in the course of everyday life. The process of obtaining these documents is often daunting.
Carol and daugher Shavel shown with new documents.