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Daphne and Art have been doing advanced portrait and commercial photography for over 25 years.

Three Cheers for Chemainus Rotary Team 2017

It’s been a busy weekend wrapping up all of our projects.

The two new houses were finished, complete with cement floors.
Ten pairs of new shoes were handed out to very appreciative children.
Fifteen soccer balls were donated to the elementary school. The students dove into the mesh carrying bag before it hit the floor.
Fifty children were provided with a nutritional supplement and given a dental hygiene demonstration as part of a weekly program.
The water project is progressing slowly but surely as the last hurdle of land negotiation is being finalized. The pipes are securely stored waiting to be installed within the next few weeks.
It’s been a very rewarding and heartwarming experience. Thank you to all our supporters and donors for your generosity. The families here are very appreciative of our efforts to help them improve their lives.20170210_172155 20170210_172205 20170211_082243 img_0059 img_0184 img_0233
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Food For The Sole

Hola
Sunday we went over to San Lucas Toliman to purchase shoes with the help of Marie Cruz for 13 children and visited the Woman’s Centre. Marie Cruz is a bundle of energy with the Centre that helps out the community with various support systems and education programs while trying to make the Centre self-sufficient financially.
That evening we had dinner at Thomas’ house in San Antonio. Thomas is originally from Alberta. He has lived here for 15 years and supports an extended Mayan family plus helps in many way with our Rotary projects. His extensive work shop comes in handy and he builds furniture for the women in need. He is a true friend of Rotary.
Next update will cover our second home project.

Hosta luega

Buying shoes with the help of Maricruz

Buying shoes with the help of Maricruz

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outside Womens’ Centre at San Lucas

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Ladies at Thomas’ house

Dinner table at Thomas' house

Dinner table at Thomas’ house

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Making a Difference? You “Betcha”

Kathleen helped out with the nutritional program on Saturday. Dozens of children and mothers show up every week to obtain their nutritional supplements and get measured for height and weight. This way their progress can be tracked. The results have proven the program is a success and will be continued with support from our club.

Kathleen helping with food supplements.

Kathleen helping with food supplements.

Ken continues to work the bed production and assembly line with David using lumber left over from the school project.
The demand is great and the less fortunate who sleep on mud floors are very grateful to receive a bed.

Ken and David

Ken and David

Not a bed as we know it.

Not a bed as we know it.

Tom and the home construction team have completed the foundation and framing of Francisca’s and her son Freddy’s house and started on the siding. Julian, Vicente and Santiago work well together while Tom pitches in as lead gopher.20170204_161533
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Busin It

Kathleen is helping local residents who require help with securing and following directions with their medications.

Ken has built numerous beds and continues with the production line with the help from some of the local women and children.
Tom is helping construct a new home for a widow Francisca and her son Freddy.  To purchase material, he travelled with Julian to the store via local public transit. One mode involved a “chicken bus” which is a converted school bus built by Blue Bird, a Canadian company.
They roar up and down the local roads belching black smoke with a conductor taking fares from passengers jumping on and off while the bus is in motion. It all seems to work in a chaotic way.
Another satisfying but tiring day culminated with a beautiful sunset viewed from the terrace of our hotel.
Hosta manana
Basic transportation.

Basic transportation.

Made in Canada, you say.

Made in Canada, you say.

Define a house?

Define a house?

Days end

Days end

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Sharing Blog Post With Jacqueline and David

I got this post and pictures from Jacqueline and Davids blog called atitlanaction.wordpress.com Great post, Thank you Jacqueline and David.

THE CHEMAINUS TEAM

Kathleen – A Perfect Fit

Kathleen is new Rotarian who is making a very important and useful contribution in the health field.  Fluent in Spanish, having lived and worked for several years in Peru, and with a nursing background, she is a perfect fit to work with the local nurse.  Together they will make home visits to people with chronic illnesses.  Already she has been a real help in counseling those with diabetes.   She will be working closely with the local clinic, and will make a list of essential medicines; the clinic presently has no medicines or vitamins, and only very occasionally, a doctor visits.

Kathleen

Kathleen

Ken’s the Man!

When the professional takes over from the amateur, boy does the pace of carpentry go up!  Ken has brought his skill, expertise and ideas to our project.  Already, after only three days, much has been done:

  • In the days before Rotarian Ken Stanton arrived, Nanaimo Rotarians Graham and Ron produced many beds, including our newest design: the bunk!  Ken has continued the work, with the cordless tools he brought down; today he figures he will cut all the wood for another fifteen beds.  ¡Trabaja muy rapido!  (He works really fast),  and all the angles are right!
  • Jorge (mentioned in our blog last year) is the young man who presented us with a fresh, ready-to-cook ardillo, did so, and served it up to those of us brave enough to try it. Although it was a squirrel, it tasted like chicken, and was …. delicious.  His 94-year old grandmother lives in a mud-cane one-room home, with a door and an open window space.  Now she has snug-fitting shutters, and no more cold drafts to endure.  Jorge’s “home” is a smaller cane hut next door to hers, that had a curtain for a door.  Now he has one of the best doors ever.  It solid wood, on  hinges, and a has a lock!
  • Petrona’s door, made by Ken two years ago out of very green wood, somehow acquired its own unique shape that no longer fit the space. That door has been given a new lease on life.

Thank you Ken!

Ken at work

Ken at work

Tom’s  Home Repair 101

Tom Andrews is again working with Julian Sicajan, with assistance from Viciente, to re-construct homes.  First up will be the home of Francisca, a young widow.  It had been a small mud-cane hut, with a porous tin roof, no windows, and a very uneven dirt floor.  Thanks to the wonders of cement, the floor will soon be flat and clean.  The replacement walls will be wood, with a window (shutters by Ken), and a door (also by Ken).  This replacement 10 foot square casita will once more be home to Francisca, her son Fredi, and to her aging mother.  Once they finish this home, Tom and the team will move on to number two, and if time and money permit, to a third home.

Tom at work

Tom at work

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Rotarians At Home Send Their Support

This week at the Rotary Club in Chemainus two members became Paul Harris Fellows ( Dean and Kathie ) and two earned multi Paul Harris pins  ( Anita and Doug)  Paul Harris award pins are presented to those who donate a$1000 the Rotary Foundation.  This is significant because contributions to the Rotary Foundation allow us to apply for grants for projects like our current project in Guatemala.  The Rotary Foundation is the charity of choice for many Rotarians because of the good work they do and the low administration costs. Chemainus Rotary  has one of the highest percentage  of Paul Harris Fellows anywhere.  Also shown below is a picture of members “sending good energy” to our team now in Guatemala.  Kathleen asked for us to send “good vibes” and we were happy to do so.

Paul Harris Fellow award recipients.

Paul Harris Fellow award recipients.

Sending best wishes to Guatemala team 2017

Sending best wishes to Guatemala team 2017

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Hit The Ground Running

Hola

We finally arrived after a few glitches safe and sound in San Antonio Palopo on Monday evening. After a good night’s sleep, we set off to check out our project sites this morning.

First stop was to a family neighbourhood in need of a home for a mother and three children. The first photo is of the planning committee discussing the layout of the home. The second photo is of the neighbor!
The next project involves building a home for Francesca and her son Freddy.
Next we visited Jorge’s grandmother’s home who needs a window installed and a new door for Jorge’s place. This afternoon Ken and I built the new door and window shutters for installation tomorrow.
Kathleen spent time with Jacqueline planning health support activities.
We closed out out first day enjoying the sunset over Lake Atitlan. It felt good to be back and so welcomed.
Buenos noches

House planning

House planning

The neighbour

The neighbour

Building a door

Ken building a new door

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2017 Smaller Team, Larger Tasks

2017 Guatemala team

2017 Guatemala team

Packed and ready to go, Tom, Ken and Kathleen head off on January 29 for important work in Guatemala. Thanks to a generous donation to our Guatemala project by the late Pat Kay and donations by our members and friends of Rotary, the team will contribute to a major water supply project in San Antonio Palopo as well as continue the nutritional supplement program and aid to the schools and other projects you will learn about in this blog. Ken and Tom will be working with local contractors once again to build and repair homes. Kathleen will bring her extensive nursing and midwifery skills to the community.  You may also want to follow atitlanaction.wordpress.com to see what other Vancouver Island Clubs are doing in the same area.  Tell your friends to follow our blog.

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Baby Health New Focus

Today I helped out at the nutrition clinic. We handed out about 150 packages of nutritional supplement to 57 mothers. There are 2 groups of 40 women who are scheduled to participate alternate weeks. Today both groups showed up and will alternate going forward. Each child is weighed and measured for height every two weeks to track progress. They are also ranked green, yellow or red in terms of overall health relative to their age group.

Chemainus Rotary is funding part of this program. Our support will provide needed nutrition for 16 children for a year. Based on today’s clinic, it looks to be very well organized by a volunteer registered nurse and community volunteers.

Thanks to David and Jacqueline who have spent numerous hours organizing and planning the process for the clinic to carry on over the next year. Everything is in place for it to be a great success.

Today, as an extra bonus, the mothers and children were  given a teeth brushing demonstration and tooth brushes and paste. Thanks to Dr Megas and his staff for the donation of supplies.

A good day for everyone. Muchas gracias.

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Trip to San Lucas Toliman

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Interesting sights on the boat included the traditional woman’s hair highlights and baby in the wrap.boatride ties

We visited the Women’s Centre to check out a site for a chicken coop. The women want to start a business selling eggs and chickens in the local community. What comes first? The chicken or the egg?  After years of pondering this dilemma, I finally realized its the coop!
So I made a rough sketch of the idea which the ladies will scope out in terms of material and a cost estimate.chicken coop

Adios amigos

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