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Chair:
 Dick Galitz       Phone:
 630-420-7658 Email:
dickgalitz@att.net
Co-Chair:
 Chuck Newman Phone:
 630-400-0055 Email: 
 chuck@newmanArchitecture.com           
Members: 
 

Chuck Newman, Carl Schumann, Prakasam Tata, Barry McKeown, Joe Raoul, Pat Merryweather-Arges, Marlin Reishus, Rachel Ossyra, Atul Akhand, Anju Khanna, Uda Potgieter, Dick Galitz, Roger Iliff, Dan Firks, Sophia Luo, Richard Tatara, John Norman

 

 
 
 

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2017-2018 PROJECTS Chairman: Dick Galitz


 
2016-2017 PROJECTS Chairman: Uda Potgieter

MOBILE BLOOD COLLECTION VEHICLE                                                                     Global Grant  GG 1753141          Hyderabad, India                                                                                                          Budget $117,013                                                                                                                

This project will assist the existing Rotary Blood Bank of Hyderabad by providing a mobile blood collection vehicle.  The Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan has been successfully supporting a Rotary Challa Blood Bank in Hyderabad since 2009.  However, it is not operating at its full potential due to the inconvenience required for blood donors to go to the blood bank to donate blood.  The mobile blood van will go to locations of convenience for blood donors at corporate offices, manufacturing plants, and community facilities rather than requiring them to come to a collection facility.  Educational material will be distributed to inform the public and blood donors about health issues and the importance of being a blood donor.

The blood bank is supplying blood free of charge to several charitable hospitals and organizations for accidents and emergencies, treatment for cancer and other illnesses, and also to Thalassemia patients.  The Indian population has a significant number of people with blood disorders and many of these are children.  The goal of the mobile blood collection van is to collect enough blood to operate the Rotary Challa Blood Bank at its full capacity.

This is a Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $20,000.


HUMANITARIAN: DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT                                                            GG1641180

Teocaltiche, Guadalupe Chapala, Tlaquepaque, Mexico                                                         Budget $57,750

This project will provide two 53ft semi trailers of medical  equipment to outfit and upgrade two existing hospitals and a clinic in the state of Jalisco, Mexico; and to provide training for operators of the equipment.

Cruz Roja of Teocaltiche is a newly constructed hospital in Teocaltiche funded by community groups.  The hospital building is complete but has no equipment.   This project will supply equipment to outfit the hospital and train equipment operators to put the new hospital into operation.

Servicios Medicos Municipales de Chapa is an existing clinic providing health care for the Guadalupe Chapala area.   Their equipment is old and not enough equipment exists to serve the needs of the community.  This project will provide additional basic equipment and some equipment for providing higher quality health care.  Training for operators of the new equipment will also be provided.

Cruz Verde Tlaquepaque is the only second level hospital serving the region.  Lack of sufficient equipment prevents the hospital from operating at its potential.  This project will supply equipment to upgrade and  enhance the level of health care the hospital can provide, and to train equipment operators.

This is a Rotary Club of Chicago Northwest project that is conducted in a collaboration with Project C.U.R.E. and Curando Mexico.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $200 to the project.


HAITI MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS PROGRAM

Port de Paix & Port au Prince, Haiti                                                                          Budget $9,600

The Haiti Musical Instruments Program began as a heart-felt desire by Joseph Raoul, who grew up in Port de Paix, Haiti, to give back to that community in the form of providing music education for the children of the community.  Haitian people have a great love of music and combining education and music provides an effective medium for uplifting youth in Haiti, giving them skills to better their lives and also become happy productive citizens in the future.

The original concept was to collect donated instruments and deliver them to a school in Port de Paix.  Collection of instruments began in late 2015.  As the project developed it was enhanced by the necessity to give all donated instruments maintenance and repair service to ensure they were in playable condition, this was accomplished through Ellman’s Music Center at favorable rates.  Seman Violins was also a contributor of instruments and repair.

Investigating schools in Port de Paix led to the discovery of Metronome Musique, a newly organized school for instruction of classical music, that is sponsored by BLUME Haiti. BLUME stands for Building Leaders Using Music Education. 

Correspondence with BLUME Haiti quickly determined this organization would be an excellent fit for our objective and a good partner to work with.  Metronome Musique was in need of additional instruments to expand their programs and had just established itself as an affiliate of CEMUCHA which is a larger organization based in Cap Haitian engaged in music training and performance in Haiti.

This project also provided Joseph Raoul an opportunity to honor his parents Judge Joseph Raoul and his wife Livie, who were life-long residence of Port de Paix.  The instruments were delivered to Metronome Musique as a memorial to Mr. Raoul’s parents in February 2017 with a ceremony conducted by Joseph Raoul.  A total of 49 instruments were donated including two pianos, violins, violas, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, guitars, keyboards, a mandolin, and a drum set.

While visiting Haiti in 2016 to attend the 200 year anniversary of Lycee Alexandre Petion, Joseph Raoul’s  high school Alma Mater, he developed a second part to this project in which 14 instruments were also donated to Lycee Alxandre Petion.  These were donated to the school at a ceremony conducted by Joseph Raoul in February 2017.

This project was funded entirely by The Rotary Club of Naperville.   No grants were applied for.


BISHOP SHANAHAN HOSPITAL NURSING SCHOOL

Nsukka, Nigeria                                                                                                              Budget $30,000

The Rotary Club of Naperville began providing assistance to Bishop Shanahan Hospital in 2009 and has done four major projects in which the hospital complex has been upgraded.  The complex is building a new Nursing School which is scheduled to begin operations in September 2016.  In May 2016 Chuck Newman and Pat Merryweather- Argus visited the school to review progress following a governmental accreditation review regarding the new construction.

The governmental review produced a long list of items that did not pass inspection and needed to be corrected before the school could receive accreditation to begin instruction classes.  This development was not expected and would require a concentrated effort to complete by September and would cost an additional $30,000 for which no funds were available.  If the school could not open in September an entire school year would be lost.  The need for training nurses in Nigeria is critical as only one other school existed and nurses were in short supply.

When Chuck and Pat returned they brought this surprise development back to the International Service Committee for discussion and probed the committee finances as to whether the committee could provide assistance.  Pat solicited donations from a number of private sources which produced $8,625.  Considering the critical nature of the problem the International Service Committee decided to provide the remaining $21,375 to complete the modifications on time so the nursing school could open in September.  Happily the school opened on time.

The Rotary Club of Naperville provided all $21,375, no grant funds were applied for.



2015-2016 PROJECTS   Chairman: Rachel Ossyra

PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES BY TREATMENT IN A NEW DIALYSIS CENTER  
Hyderabad, India Global grant GG 1638402                                                                      Budget $159,420

Diabetes is a particularly vexing problem in India.  The population has a higher than normal occurrence of diabetes and the medical treatment provided by the government is either lacking or inadequate when it is provided.  To further exaggerate the problem most poor people  cannot afford to pay for treatment which results in much suffering and premature death.

This project will set up a community based dialysis center to serve patients in the Rotary District 3150 area on a free or pay as you can basis.   A dialysis center will be set up in association with Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain Relief Foundation Trust by providing 12 dialysis machines at Gurunanak Medical Center which is a charitable hospital already running polyclinic and diagnostics.  The clinic will also do training and educational instruction for staff and patients.

This is a Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan in India project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $31,710.

 

GUATEMALA-CLEAN WATER DELIVERY-TANKS                                            San Lorenzo El Tejar, Guatemala           

Global Grant GG1637990                                                                                               Budget $37,650

San Lorenzo El Tejar is a semirural village on the outskirts of La Antigua inhabited by family groups with limited income or opportunities for improvement and is mostly neglected by the State with regard to services.  The source of water is a state operated distribution system that reaches only a few homes and all other homes must carry water from a common tank that only receives water about one hour each day.

This project will install piping and an elevated water storage tank to 28 homes so that these homes can have access to safe water all day for culinary water, washing, bathing, and operating latrines. 

This is Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise project conducted with their cooperating organization Asociacion  Imaginin Guatemala to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $525.

 

WATER WELL AND DISEASE PREVENTION IN  SIERRA LEONE                                    Moyowa, Sierra Leone              Global grant GG1639049                                                                                               Budget $89,565

Pan-African Rural Health & Social Services (PRHeSS) a 501c3 organization  affiliated with the United Methodist Church is constructing a new 30 bed hospital, PRHeSS Community Hospital, to serve rural Fallay Wujah communities near Moyowa, Sierra Leone.  The medical complex surrounding the hospital will include a training center for midwifery, laboratory technicians, and vocational education.  The hospital will later add another 30 beds to double its capability.

This project will provide safe potable water and sanitation for the medical complex by drilling a 100 ft deep bore hole and installing an elevated water storage tank and reticulation piping system.  A 50 KVA diesel electric generator and solar panels will be installed to provide power.

This is a Rotary Club of Homewood project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $3,150.

 

VOCATIONAL TRAINING TEAM FOR WASTE WATER PLANT OPERATOR TRAINING     
 Hyderabad & Visakhapatnam, India                                                                                       Budget $13,000                                                                                                                                     

Club member, Prakasam Tata Phd, a native of India, organized this project to send a team of experts to India to conduct workshops in Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam to train operators of wastewater treatment plants as a way of reducing pollution in the effluent being returned to streams and lakes.  Four members of the team were from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) where Dr. Prakasam Tata also served a long career.  The workshops foster a strong cooperative relationship between India and MWRD.

The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $13,000 as no grant funding was used.  Additional support was provided by Bharathi Theertha and District 3150 in India.

                               

HAITI MUSICAL INSTRUMENT PROGRAM                                                                         Port de Paix, Haiti

This project was inspired by Club member, Jo Raoul, who is a native of Port de Paix.  The project will collect donated Musical instruments and ship them to Port de Paix to establish a music education program for students at a local school.  Music training and performance will enhance the quality of life for the students and the community.

This is a Rotary Club of Naperville project and no grant funds are used.

 

UPENDO VILLAGE                                                                                                            Naivasha, Kenya

Upendo Village was developed as a grass roots project from the original concept is 2000 and the vision of providing a refuge and treatment facility for men, women, and children suffering from the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Africa.  Upendo Village does not discriminate against any faith, creed, skin color, age, gender or sexual orientation.

The Rotary Club of Naperville has been a major supporter of Upendo Village since its early years of existence.   The Club has done several projects there in prior years and at other times held fund raisers for general support.  The Club this year again held a fund raiser and donated $11,200, no grant funds were used.

 

NSUKKA WATER WELLS AND TOWERS                                                                       Nsukka, Nigeria                          Global grant GG1527440                                                                                               Budget $110,659

This project is a continuation of the development of Bishop Shanahan Hospital and the affiliated complex owned by the Catholic Diocese in Nsukka that The Rotary Club of Naperville has been supporting since 2012.  Safe reliable potable water is in short supply in Nigeria.  The project will drill a 250 meter (820 ft) water well and erect a 5000 gallon elevated  water storage tank and a reticulation piping system at both the Bishop Shanahan Hospital and the nearby Model School complex.  A 40 KVA diesel electric generator will be installed at the Model school to provide power to the school and pump.  This project will provide safe potable water for the Hospital and model school and also water sales to others in the community.

This is a Rotary Club of Naperville project to which it contributed $37,456.

 

ENHANCING MEDICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IN HAITI                                                                                                  Jerusalem, Gressier, Carrefour Feuilles, Port au Prince, Delmas , Haiti                                                                        Global grant GG1526256                                                                                             Budget $168,444

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010 destroyed much of infrastructure in and around Port au Prince including homes of many poor residents.  As a result several tent cities developed for immediate shelter.  Medical care became even more dire as existing hospitals also were damaged.

This project has undertaken to strengthen the healthcare infrastructure in Haiti for five communities by providing medical equipment and supplies, and training of community healthcare workers.  The project is conducted through Project C.U.R.E. which will provide the medical equipment and much of overall project planning.  Existing healthcare providers in each community will receive support to upgrade their capabilities.

This is an Illinois Medical District project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $1,500.

                     

LLORIN NIGERIA CLEFT SURGERY PROJECT                                                                  Llorin, Nigeria                
Global grant
GG1635295                                                                                                 Budget $53,000

Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country with a population of 170 million people.  There is also a high incidence of cleft lip and/or palate with 1 of every 750 births resulting in a cleft anomaly.  There is a dearth of reconstructive surgery available in Nigeria and the population is too poor to afford it even if it were available.   General Hospital Llorin wishes to develop a cleft care capability and the University of Llorin Teaching Hospital wishes to acquire more skills for their surgical staff to train surgeons and support hospitals.

This project will send a team of surgeons, anesthetists, and nurses to perform 80 cleft procedures and provide training for surgeons, proper procedures for anesthetization, proper care for and use of surgical tools, proper care for patients, and good practice methods for hospital services of patient documentation, sterilization, and hospital management.  Alliance for Smiles will provide an initial supply for surgical instruments and supplies.

This is a Chicago Southeast project to which the Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $3,150      .

 

PEACE IN CHICAGO SCHOOLS                                                                                   Chicago, Illinois USA                    Global Grant GG1532124                                                                                             Budget $56,000

Many neighborhoods on the South side of Chicago have a high crime rate, rampant gang activity and violence that infects the not only the neighborhood but also pervades into the school environment.  This project aspires to develop an integrated approach to support Chicago youth and provide them with tools and strategies to achieve inner and outward peace and to successfully address conflict situations by providing successful resources and tools to support Chicago school children to have and act upon a vision of peace in their own lives, homes, and communities.  In particular, this project will address issues at Kilmer Elementary School in the Rogers Park neighborhood and Roosevelt High School in the Albany Park neighborhood.

This project was conceived in the Chicago Little Village Rotary Club but was structured as an international project from the Rotary Club of Goioere in Brazil.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $1,253 to this project.

 

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT FOR MODEL SCHOOL TECHNICAL CENTER                           Nsukka, Nigeria

The Catholic Diocese of Nsukka, Nigeria is constructing a model school near the Bishop Shannahan Hospital which we have supported in three prior projects.  We also have a current project GG1527440 to provide a waterwell, water storage, and water distribution system for this model school. 

This project will use $4,000 from Naperville Rotary Charities to provide computer equipment for use in medical training and administrative operations at the school.

 

COMPUTER CENTER INSTRUCTOR                                 Viazianagaram, Andhra  Pradesh, India

The Rotary Club of Naperville in collaboration with Bharathi Taheertha developed a computer center for underprivileged youth in Vizianagaram using a District Grant in 2012.  The center has been in operation for the past two years, but needs an instructor to improve its value. 

This project will use $1,000 from Naperville Rotary Charities to provide assistance to Bharathi Theertha with startup funding for obtaining a part time instructor for the computer center.

 

ULTRASONIC ASPIRATOR FOR CANCER TREATMENT                                          Umuarama, Pirana, Brazil          
Global Grant GG1416244                                                                                                             Budget $
102,222

Cancer is a significant and growing health condition in Brazil and all of South America.  Treatment facilities for treating cancer are very limited and have only begun to be constructed in recent years. A new cancer hospital was begun in 2009 and just completed in 2015 in the city of Umuarama in the State of Parana, Brazil.  Umuarama has four universities and is a major medical center for cancer treatment, a medical school and other medical training.

This project will provide an Ultrasonic Aspirator for the new hospital to be used during surgical procedures on liver, brain, and pancreatic cancers.  It will also be used for cancer research being conducted by researchers from nearby universities and the National Institute of Cancer in Brazil (INCA).

Funding for this project is a major collaborative effort by 15 Rotary Clubs in District 4630 in Brazil and 6 Rotary Clubs in District 6450 in United States.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $2,500 to this project.

 

2014-2015 PROJECTS  Chairman: Rachel Ossyra

NIGERIA INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL GRANT                District Grant DG                           Budget $4,000

The Rotary Club of Naperville has completed two projects at Nsukka, currently is working on two more, and anticipates additional projects in the future.  The rigor and complexity required to obtain approval of grant funding from The Rotary Foundation has escalated significantly since the Future Vision methods have been implemented starting in 2010, and projects can no longer be done without direct involvement of personnel from the lead Club. 

The Rotary Club of Naperville has committed to the long term development of the medical and educational complex in Nsukka, Nigeria operated by the Catholic diocese .  Nigeria is a developing country that still remains quite primitive in many places while a few metropolitan  areas lead the way forward toward modernization - Nsukka is one of these places.  Prior visits to Nsukka revealed that the community can benefit from guidance in developing modern business and management methods.

This grant provided partial funding to send a team of three Rotarians Pat Merryweather, Chuck Newman, and Rachel Ossyra from Naperville to Nsukka who joined a leadership team from the Catholic diocese of Chicago to conduct a week long series of workshops for strategic healthcare planning, long range educational planning , and business development within the community.  Meetings included Nsukka Rotarians, staff from University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Junior Achievement Nigeria to facilitate collaboration with the Nsukka medical and educational complex.  These leadership workshops resulted in promulgating  long  range plans for operating the medical hospitals and  educational schools; and also determining future needs. 

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT TO NIGERIA                            Global Grant GG1415458                  Budget $88,380

This project is a sequel to our 2010-2011 project  MG75066 Medical Equipment For Bishop Shanahan Hospital to continue building the capabilities of Bishop Shanahan Hospital in Nsukka and its two satellite hospitals St. Mary’s Hospital in Enugo-Ezeke and Our Lady Health of the Sick Hospital in Adani, Nigeria which together serve a population of 1.2 million Nigerians.

Nigeria is a developing country with significant healthcare challenges and unmet medical needs including a relatively low life expectancy, a high maternal death rate, a high infant mortality rate, and a very high risk of major infectious diseases.  The recent outbreak of Ebola in several West Africa  countries has added another health risk to be dealt with.  70% of the population lives below the poverty line and healthcare expenditures are only 5.3% of GDP.

 

This project will deliver three 40 ft containers, one for each hospital, of quality recovered and refurbished medical equipment and supplies from Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach to provide critical items needed by each hospital to increase the amount of healthcare they provide to an under-served population.   A fourth container will provide protective gear and supplies to help control the spread of infections, including the Ebola Virus Disease.

 

The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $13,461 to this project.

 

TYPHOON HUDHUD DISASTER RELIEF PROJECT     Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India

Hudhud, a killer typhoon hit coastal Andera Pradesh, India on October 14, 2014.  Several villages around Vizianagaram suffered severe devastation essentially wiping them away.  The poor tribal families that inhabited these villages lost all their possessions - their homes, their clothing,  their cooking utensils, etc.  An emergency rehabilitation project was organized by Club member Prakasam Tata raising approximately $4,070 from members of The Rotary Club of Naperville,  Bharathi Theertha, and Naperville Rotary Charities.  While in India the money was used to purchase pots, pans, blankets, tarpaulins, etc. which were distributed in person by Prakash  along with the President and President-designee of the Rotary Club of  Vizianagaram (Messrs. Kiran Babu and Praveen Anchalia) and other local volunteers to about 200 tribal families to help them restart their lives.  Logistics were organized by the Maharaja Institute of Medical Sciences, Nellimarla, Dist. Vizianagaram at no cost.  

This was a Club project, no matching funds were requested from either the District 6450 or RI.


2013-2014 PROJECTS  Chairman: Chuck Newman

ARMENTA WATER DISTRIBUTION PROJECT

Armenta,  Honduras                                                                                       Project Budget $223,000

 

The village of  Armenta, Honduras with a population of about 2300 is located in the foothills of mountains approximately 250 km northwest of the capital city of Tegucigalpa.  The village is not totally primitive and does have basic amenities.  However, the population is very poor with few employment opportunities locally and unemployment at 60% requires that people travel to San Pedro Sula to find work. 

                                                                                                                                                           

Armenta has a chronic water supply problem due to the old distribution system being old, undersized and in dilapidated condition which results in some homes only receiving water one day each week.   The Rotary Club of St. Charles has obtained a grant to partner with Engineers Without Borders  and Dayton Service Engineering Collective to construct a new upgraded water system to meet the needs of the current village and its anticipated future growth. 

The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $500 as a partner in this project.



2012-2013 PROJECTS   Chairman: Bill Epp

VISION FOR KENYA

Vision for Kenya is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Illinois dedicated to aiding healthcare centers and rural hospitals in Kenya.  Vision for Kenya and Rotary are partnering to provide clean water to hospitals in rural Kenya.

Vision for Kenya, NFP has teamed up with Lugula Mission Hospital in the western part of Kenya to provide an improved facility for medical treatment by sponsoring a professionally dug water well and a water infrastructure system. 

This is a Rotary One project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $1,000.

 

 

CYBER CENTER

 

Vizianagaram, Andhra Pradesh, India           DSG#                                  Project Budget $7,076.00

 

Bharathi Theertha is a nonprofit organization registered as 501(c)(3) in the United States and as a 80 G in India with the mission of promoting education, environment, and health for those who are under privileged due to their low income and primitive life style.  A donor in India donated a property in Vizianagaram that also has a structure to Bharathi Theertha for the purpose of developing the structure into a computer training and learning center, and will also provide a computer cafe’ for a poor section of Vizianagaram.

 

Although Vizianagaram is a large city of approximately 2.4 million population, there are many people living at the poverty level whose children can remain trapped in a life of poverty because they lack the skills to get better employment in the modern world economies.  By providing a facility to give these children computer skills it can give them an opportunity to advance to a better more fulfilling life.

 

This project will provide the renovated building with equipment for 20 computer workstations and a 50 inch TV to be used for digital instructions.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $4,000 to this project.

 

 

DIVEHEART COZUMEL MARINE PARK PROJECT

 

Cozumel, Mexico                       MG# 79727                                        Project Budget $

 

Diveheart is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of rehabilitating wounded military veterans and helping build confidence and independence of disabled veterans and other disabled children and adults through the sport of scuba diving.  In the zero gravity environment underwater people can overcome their disabilities and function at a high level.

 

This is a pilot project in Cozumel, Mexico in which Diveheart will work with

the rehabilitation community in Cozumel and the Marine Park of Cozumel to teach  disabled local people and visiting people how to scuba dive; and then utilized their skills to help the environment by working with the Marine Park on coral reef restoration and other marine biology projects. 

This is a Rotary Club of Downers Grove project to which The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $500.



2011-2012 PROJECTS     Chairman: Chuck Newman

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR BISHOP SHANAHAN HOSPITAL
Nsukka, Nigeria                              MG #75066                                      Project Budget $57,645

This is a large project started last year and will use funds from the current year to complete the project.  See 2010-2011 for description of the project.

PATZCUARO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT PROJECT

Patzcuaro, Mexico                             
DSG #111203                              Project Budget $12,650

The City of Naperville, Illinois has established a Sister City relationship with the City of Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico. The Rotary Club of Naperville has a relationship with Mujeres Aliadas which operates a birthing clinic and a school to train midwives based in Patzcuaro.   All four Rotary Clubs in Naperville and the Sister Cities Commission of Naperville are jointly working to send medical equipment obtained from Mission Outreach to Patzcuaro.   The equipment will upgrade the capabilities of Mujeres  Aliadas and Hospital Civil in Patzcuaro which  is a primary care facility for the region of approximately 150,000 population, and two local ambulance services

NOTE 2-14-2013  After two years this project was terminated due to inability to obtain an import permit from the Mexican government.

BENCHES, BOOKS AND BICYLCLES FOR GUJARET, INDIA

This is a large project that was divided into two separate matching grants.  The project originated in India District 3060 to provide basic necessities for a number of schools in the District.  District 3060 lacked funding, having mostly District Designated funds available, and contacted  District 6450 for financial assistance to complete the project.  After reviewing the request, Rotary One and The Rotary Club of Naperville decided to share the cost of providing the funds required.

BENCHES     MG #75907                    Project Budget $41,223

This project will provide 50 schools with 20 benches each so that students will no longer need to sit on the floor during classes and will greatly improve the education experience, especially in the cold winter months.  Approximately 4,000 students are being educated in the schools involved.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $2,150 to this project.

BOOKS AND BICYCLES    MG #75918                      Project Budget $48,400

This project will provide 50 primary  schools in the District with 25,000 notebooks and 10,000 dictionaries.  An estimated 5,000 students who otherwise would not be able to have these amenities can have a better educational experience.  A second part of this project will provide 500 bicycles for girl students that live some distance from the schools and might otherwise not be able to attend school due to the distance of commuting.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $850 to this project.

PALMAS BELLAS CLINIC EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES

 COSTA ABAJO / COLON, PANAMA        DSG # 111212                         Project Budget $ 2,950

This is a Rotary Club of Chicago Heights project working with Hearts in Motion and the Rotary Club of Christobal Colon in Panama to ship a 40 ft container of medical equipment obtained from Mission Outreach to Panama.    A clinic in Costa Abajo was destroyed by fire.  The government of Panama constructed a new clinic building in 2010, but did not provide any funds for equipment to outfit the new clinic.  This project will provide medical equipment and supplies to outfit the new clinic and upgrade two other clinics on the Atlantic coast of Panama.   The Rotary Club of Chicago Heights needed financial assistance and The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $500 to this project.



2010-2011   PROJECTS   CHAIRMAN:  Prakasam Tata

SMOKELESS STOVES

Satna, India  MG #75304                            Project Budget $25,050

The purpose of this project is to reduce fire hazards and improve the air quality inside village dwellings in rural India by replacing open fire cooking with smokeless stoves vented to the outside.   The project will provide 200 single pot ceramic stoves and 290 double pot ceramic stoves for the tenements, and equipment to set up a  briqueting business to supply the community with briquets for the new stoves.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $7,300 to this project.

 

GENERATOR FOR GRACE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Petion-ville, Haiti  MG #75071                      Project Budget $21,500

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 devastating much of the country.  Grace Children’s Hospital in Delmas, Haiti, suffered so much structural damage that it had to be demolished.

After the quake, hospital workers and medical personnel quickly reestablished service by utilizing a number of temporary facilities to continue providing health care that had suddenly become even more urgent.  Although again providing health care, Grace Children’s Hospital was frustrated by outages in electric service from the local utility.

The purpose of this project is to provide a 100 KW auxiliary generator for Grace Children’s Hospital.  Local power is unreliable and critical hospital care including surgeries is at risk due to unexpected power outages.  Reliable power will provide for a significant improvement in the quality of health care given to children and adolescents.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $6,100 to this project.


MEDICAL EQUIPMENT FOR BISHOP SHANAHAN HOSPITAL

Nsukka, Nigeria  MG #75066                        Project Budget $57,645

Bishop Shanahan Hospital is the primary health care provider for the region in and around Nsukka, Nigeria – an area of 110,000  population.   The hospital has undertaken renovation of it’s dated facilities and constructed a new satellite care center to better serve the growing needs for medical care.  The purpose of this project is to obtain quality medical equipment from Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach and ship three 40 ft containers of equipment to Nsukka to outfit the renovated existing hospital and the new satellite care center.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $29,500 to this project.

 

UPENDO VILLAGE  Kenya

Upendo Village is a project designed by Kenyans to respond at the local level to the needs of Kenyans living with HIV / AIDS.

The Rotary Club of Naperville, IL hosted the third annual Upendo Village benefit with Meson Sabika restaurant’s owner, Hossein Jomali. Sisters Florence and Francisca enjoyed the night of socializing, delicious tapas and sangria, while delighted supporters shopped hand-made crafts from Upendo Village. Thanks to the generosity of Hossein Jomali, and the dedicated work of Patricia Merryweather, Liz Zienty, and selfless volunteers, the night was a success.



2009-2010  PROJECTS   Chairman: Chuck Newman

GENERATOR FOR BISHOP SHANAHAN HOSPITAL

Nsukka, Nigeria                                       Project Budget $28,300

Bishop Shanahan Hospital is the primary health care provider for the region in and around Nsukka, Nigeria – an area of 110,000  population.  The hospital is quite old and needs to be Renovated, which is in the planning stages.  The existing electrical generator is too small for the existing hospital and near black outs are common at night.  This project will provide a new 150 KVA diesel-powered electric generator which will be suitable for the hospital after the renovation that is planned, and provide adequate power for the hospital to operate full time.



2008-2009  PROJECTS   Chairman: Jyoti Chokshi / Chuck Newman

SOLAR LANTERNS,  Satna, Madhya Pradesh, India

MG # 70664                                         Project Budget $25,000

Sixty five million households in rural India are not connected to the electrical grid and use kerosene lanterns and oil wick lamps for lighting.  These kerosene lanterns and oil wick lamps create a fire hazard and a health hazard by polluting the air inside the tenements. The purpose of this project is to replace the kerosene lanterns and oil wick lamps in the villages of Siyaram and chitrakoot with rechargeable solar lanterns which can then be shown as a demonstration project for others to follow.  This project will provide 425 solar lanterns and solar recharging equipment for the replacement lighting, and training for operators to maintain and recharge the lanterns.  An additional benefit is that women can make a microenterprise from the recharging operation.  Improved lighting and a better health environment will provide better study conditions for students inside the homes.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $8,000 to this project.



2007-2008  PROJECTS   Chairman: Chuck Newman

WATER WELL AND SANITATION FACILITY

Dupadda, near Vizianagaram Andhra Pradesh, India

MG # 63831                                         Project Budget $42,160

Original wording

Dupadda is a primitive village in rural India.  A stream that runs through the village has been used for drinking water, washing clothes, bathing, watering animals, and etc.  Waste freely flows into the stream and as a result the water was basically unsanitary.

This project is a joint effort by Rotary Club of Vizianagaram in India and The Rotary Club of Naperville to construct a water well, reverse osmosis treatment plant, a sanitary facility to act as a restroom and bath house for the village, and a wastewater treatment system.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $21,357 toward the project budget.

 

Revised wording using Prakash’s corrections

Duppada, Vizianagarm District, Andhra Pradesh, India is a poor village in India.  Villagers typically drew water by rope and bucket from a shallow well or hand pumped from a tube well and carried the water to their dwellings in large pots over their heads.  Well openings did not prevent contamination from surface runoff or debris.  They washed clothes and bathed around these sources of water.  Most people in the colony did not have latrines.   Wastewater resulting from washing clothes at the water sources flowed and formed stagnant puddles which provided a habitat for mosquitoes to breed and spread disease.  Open defecation by most villagers was the practice, and darkness of nights provided privacy for women and adolescent girls living in the colony. 

Groundwater is now pumped into a newly constructed water tower.  A portion of the water is treated in a reverse osmosis plant which has a capacity of 1,000 liters per hour.  Water from the tower is also piped to the three lanes of homes and standpipes with faucets are located near the homes to avoid the hardship of carrying water long distances.  Separate sanitary latrine and bathroom complexes separated by a park were built for men and women.  A septic tank with a tile-drain treats wastewater from the bathroom-latrine  complexes.  The sale of treated water provides the needed income for maintaining the bathroom-latrine complexes.   The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $21,357 to this project.

 

 

WATER WELL AND DE-FLUORIDATION EQUIPMENT

Upendo Village, Naivasha, Kenya    MG#                         Project Budget $31,690

Upendo Village was developed as a grass roots project from the original concept is 2000 and the vision of providing a refuge and treatment facility for men, women, and children suffering from the HIV / AIDS epidemic in Africa. Upendo Village does not discriminate against any faith, creed, skin color, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Water for the compound was obtained from a hand dug pit.  Not only was the water unsanitary, but was also found to contain fluoride in toxic levels.  This project will provide a new water well, storage reservoir, and de-fluoridation equipment to provide safe water for the compound.

 

 

HIV / AIDs EDUCATION AND SCREENING

Mthatha, South Africa  MG# 67057                                   Project Budget $25,000

HIV /AIDs is epidemic in Africa with 1 in 10 South Africans being infected.  This project will be coordinated with Rotary Club of Mthatha in South Africa and Walter Sisulu University to provide  HIV / AIDs education and screening, palliative care for infants and young children with AIDs, and retro-antiviral drugs and education for pregnant women and newborns.  The Rotary Club of Naperville contributed $8,317 to this project.



2006-2007  PROJECTS   Chairman: Pat Merryweather

ALLIANCE FOR SMILES                                                       Project Budget $1,000

Alliance For Smiles provides free reconstructive surgery and dental treatment to children with cleft lip and palate anomalies in underserved areas of the world.

SCHOOL UNIFORMS                                                            Project Budget $1,000

This project will provide school uniforms for 200 students at Juna Rampura School  in India so that they may attend school.

MICRO-ENTERPRISE / SCHOOL UNIFORMS                    Project Budget $5,900

School children in Eastern Province , Kenya need uniforms to attend school.

This project will establish a micro-enterprise that is expected to become self sustaining and also provide the needed school uniforms.  Four heavy duty manual sewing machines and material to make 500 uniforms will be provided along with initial funding for labor to get the operation underway.

HIV / AIDs EDUCATONAL PROGRAM                             Project Budget $

Tikondane, Zambia

This is a Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise project which we are partnering with.

HIV / AIDs is epidemic in Africa.  This project will provide educational material and screening for the Tikondane  community.

VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE                        Project Budget $2,000

Nitra, Slovakia is a Sister City of Naperville, Illinois. 

Volunteerism is a relatively new concept in Slovakia.  In 2005 a group of three abuse specialists and two members of the Naperville Police Department traveled to Nitra and led a three day conference on domestic violence and sexual abuse at the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra.  This conference was open to all professionals in Slovakia.   In 2006 another group of three youth specialists and two members of the Naperville Police Department traveled to Nitra and conducted training in drug abuse to professional practitioners and the Nitra Police Department.

As a result of these conferences a crisis hotline was established for victims of abuse to report the abuses and seek support and counseling.  The hotline is staffed by trained volunteers, many of which are students in social services who can gain valuable practical experience before entering their profession.

This project will provided funds to support the crisis hotline expenses of telephone, office supplies, training material, and mass mailings.

BERGER DENTAL CLINIC                                                   Project Budget $3,170

Crossroads Community Church in Naperville is planning to develop a dental office in a small building they have in Tegucigalpa, Honduras next year.  The State dental school is also in Tegucigalpa, the capitol of Honduras; and students can gain valuable experience here treating residents of an orphanage operated by Crossroads before starting their professional careers.

Equipment to outfit a two chair dental office is being donated to Crossroads Community Church by the International Medical and Dental Committee.  This project will provide funding to ship the donated equipment to Honduras.