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Rotarians help in Philippines

​The Ogopogo Rotary Club is expanding their good work in the local community to help out overseas.

The club has been supplying expertise and funds to a project aimed at feeding school children in Vigan, Philippines.

The effort was started by the Rotary Club in Vigan after they heard children in four schools were struggling due to malnutrition. 

The Philippine Rotary Club divided their 40 members into four groups; each group taking one of the elementary schools and delivering daily meals of  powdered milk and  porridge, or sandwiches, or some other filling, healthy meal to the 30 children in their assigned school.  

Visiting Canadian Rotarian, Catherine Goheen from the Ogopogo Rotary Club saw the work of the Philippine Rotary Club in action and was impressed by the success of the feeding program.

The Ogopogo Rotary club decided to assist with additional funds to help feed the children.

Goheen says the project also provides education to both the children and their parents concerning food choices.  

She adds since the program started the children on the program have had a 10 per cent weight gain, are able to focus better leading to better grades, and many of their health concerns are disappearing.

After such positive experiences, Goheen is encouraging people in the Okanagan to consider joining a Rotary Club.

 " Besides the rewards of making a difference, Rotarians experience personal growth, a great social network, satisfaction of being involved with an effective, organized group of professionals. and have a great amount of fun.  

In the Okanagan there are Rotary Clubs in High Schools, at UBCO, plus more than 15 adult Rotary Clubs meeting from Vernon to Oliver.  

For more information click here.

 

 

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