Roger May, President, Lake Oswego, Oregon Rotary reports: “I was in Dar es Salaam on August 24 and again on September 5. I visited the SOS Childrens Village there on both occasions. The purpose of the return visit on the 5th was to see the completed water storage project. As you can see from the photos they weren’t quite done [finishing the Water Tower, that Springfield Rotary plus some other Rotary clubs helped fund] but they were putting on a “full court press” to get all of the loose ends tied up because the former president of Tanzania was to dedicate the structure on the coming weekend. Along with various photos of the water storage structure I have include some general pictures of the village as well. There are photos of one of the thirteen houses showing the dining – living area, bedrooms, boys and girls wardrobe cabinets, class rooms and some general site shots. I have more if that would be of interest to you or your club. I have now had four visits to the village and have been in many of the houses. They are all maintained to the same high level. The orphaned children here appear to be receiving excellent care.”
Clare Strenger, Director of Developement at Gwynedd Mercy High School (a former Springfield Rotarian) and Barbara Kroberger, Director of Social Services at Dock Woods Retirement Community (wife of Springfield Rotarian, Jeff Kroberger, Esq.) visited the Nyaka School in the 2006/2007 Rotary Year. While in Uganda, their mission was to educate teachers on how to provide social service and behavioral programs to and for the children. The children who have lost at least one parent, if not both parents are not always equipped to deal emotionally with the loss while at the same time trying to stay focused on their school work. The tools and programs Clare and Barbara shared brought a helping hand. Both Ms. Strenger and Mrs. Kroberger were thrilled that the Interact Clubs choose this cause to support were in attendance at the April 30th event.
Interact students and the Interact advisors worked tirelessly behind the scenes for weeks to make this event a huge success. The Interact Advisors include: Mr. Thomas Vizza, Springfield High School Keystone Technology Integrator and Mrs. Gail Frey, Spanish Teacher. STHS Board: Rehema Korich, President; Carrie Quaco, VP; Maya Sabin; Treasurer, and Anna Morrow, Secretary. Phil-Mont Board: Stefan Johnson, President; Jennifer Khoo, VP; Claar Ennis, Treasurer, and Victoria Glover, Secretary.
A special thank you was extended to our Rotary Club and Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church where the event was held. This event would not be possible without the support and donations from the following community businesses and leaders – for this we say THANK YOU!
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