Speaker Date Topic
No Meeting at Hotel,possible Meeting via ZOOM Mar 30, 2020
No Meeting,Easter Apr 13, 2020
Joanna Mansfield,CEO Worldshare Apr 20, 2020
Potential Projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Joanna organisation has recently been speaking with our overseas ministry partners about projects that might be of interest to our club and to the international rotary body. There’s one in particular that seems to be a shining light – it’s the building of 10 flush toilets in a school for deaf people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s one that Joanna has personally volunteered at for an extended period of time so can attest to the incredible work they do in a country which has enormous developmental needs – especially for children with disabilities. The school, called Ephphatha Centre for the Deaf, is based in Goma and has a pre-existing relationship with the local rotary club in Goma, who are keen to be involved in this project, so it could be a great option for international grant-matching.

Kerry Luxton Apr 27, 2020
FOKE - Friends of Kolkata Elderly,East Timor
Kerry began her working career in IT as a programmer/analyst in Sydney. The skills gained from those days have helped her in many ways, from being a mother involved in her children's education to working in her husbands small business, all the way through to making herself useful in volunteering positions in India.

Since 2004 she has spent about 2 months each year volunteering in Kolkata and at home, she holds several fundraisers each year .

The funds raised go towards some of the running costs for two homes for the destitute elderly in Kolkata plus the salaries and teaching materials for 12 teachers across 6 schools, for the children of fisherfolk in villages on the Bay 

Of Bengal.

Friends of Kolkata Elderly, as the name suggests cares for the destitute elderly, but also encompasses support for the communities around each of the two homes for residential care.
The second is the Fisherfolk Project where I supply the funds for the teaching costs for six small schools on the Bay of Bengal. There are about 300 students,  the children of fisherfolk, itinerant workers living in isolated villages withl limited access to education. Often these children are the first generation of their family to be education.
I could rattle on about both for hours, but as there is limited time, perhaps you could advise me as to which subject might be of more interest to your group. The old people are my first love as I’ve been involved with them for about 14 years, for the Fisherfolk this is my 5th year.
The website for FOKE is www.foke.in where you can see more about our work. The website for the fisherfolk project is that of the umbrella organisation Kajla Janakalyan Samity,  www.kjksindia.org.in . It’s a wonderful charity, but sadly their website may not reflect all of the wonderful work that they do.