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4 days ago

Mama Respond

STORY TIME! In February this year, the Mama Respond Board sat around my dining table and wondered what we had got ourselves into. We knew we’d bitten off more than we could chew, and COVID’s effect on our world was finally taking its toll on our passion. Society tightened the purse strings, community needs shifted, and we were tired.

We thought we’d build what we could with the money we had, then move on to another project and possibly return to our giant special needs unit later.

Then our borders finally opened, and the Board quickly sent me to Kenya to lay some important foundations and get eyes on the ground. We built a well-rounded Kenyan Board, pushed important administrative papers through, and connected with some fantastic Rotarians from Rotary Club Of Embakasi, Stoni Athi and Kitengela.

Thanks to Chris Whelan and Applecross Rotary, and on-the-ground liaising, we were granted a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to build the only ambulant toilet block in Kitengela. Things were starting to look up.

But I wasn’t quite satisfied enough. We had applied for a grant from DFAT, which was declined. Eager to understand why I met with the powers that be. Let’s just say I don’t take no for an answer, and we were soon granted significant funds to build the special needs unit. Combined with our own fundraising efforts and our joint fundraiser with Fremantle Rotary, we suddenly had the money to build the WHOLE UNIT.

From a bare field, we now have flooring, walls, roofing, tiling - spaces to learn, cook, eat, and build community.

Now we're on the tail end of building the only comprehensive special needs unit in Kitengela, which will be handed over in the coming weeks. What a turnaround from the sad meeting we had in February.

It’s been an incredible collaborative journey between countries, rotary clubs, people and businesses. What a way to end the year.

Erin

Emilia Saunders Julie Hegarty Brendan Hegarty Damian Hegarty @michaelsmith
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STORY TIME! In February this year, the Mama Respond Board sat around my dining table and wondered what we had got ourselves into. We knew we’d bitten off more than we could chew, and COVID’s effect on our world was finally taking its toll on our passion. Society tightened the purse strings, community needs shifted, and we were tired. 

We thought we’d build what we could with the money we had, then move on to another project and possibly return to our giant special needs unit later. 

Then our borders finally opened, and the Board quickly sent me to Kenya to lay some important foundations and get eyes on the ground. We built a well-rounded Kenyan Board, pushed important administrative papers through, and connected with some fantastic Rotarians from Rotary Club Of Embakasi, Stoni Athi and Kitengela. 

Thanks to Chris Whelan and Applecross Rotary, and on-the-ground liaising, we were granted a Global Grant from the Rotary Foundation to build the only ambulant toilet block in Kitengela. Things were starting to look up.

But I wasn’t quite satisfied enough. We had applied for a grant from DFAT, which was declined. Eager to understand why I met with the powers that be. Let’s just say I don’t take no for an answer, and we were soon granted significant funds to build the special needs unit. Combined with our own fundraising efforts and our joint fundraiser with Fremantle Rotary, we suddenly had the money to build the WHOLE UNIT. 

From a bare field, we now have flooring, walls, roofing, tiling - spaces to learn, cook, eat, and build community. 

Now were on the tail end of building the only comprehensive special needs unit in Kitengela, which will be handed over in the coming weeks. What a turnaround from the sad meeting we had in February.

It’s been an incredible collaborative journey between countries, rotary clubs, people and businesses. What a way to end the year. 

Erin

Emilia Saunders Julie Hegarty Brendan Hegarty Damian Hegarty @michaelsmith

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Incredible indeed. Thank you and be blessed abundantly to continue touching more lifes.

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6 days ago

Fremantle Rotary

Award night
At this weeks Spinnaker Health Foundation award ceremony it was announced that the recipient of the Rotary Club of Fremantle research grant was Dr Duncan Purtill whose research is focused on improving outcomes for patients with myelofibrosis receiving bone marrow transplant treatment. Past President Stuart Clark congratulated him and wished
Past President Stuart Clark congratulated him and together with other members wished him the best for his future research
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Award night
At this weeks Spinnaker Health Foundation award ceremony it was announced that the recipient of the Rotary Club of Fremantle research grant was Dr Duncan Purtill whose research is focused on improving outcomes for patients with myelofibrosis receiving bone marrow transplant treatment. Past President Stuart Clark congratulated him and wished
Past President Stuart Clark congratulated him and together with other members wished him the best for his future researchImage attachment

1 week ago

Fremantle Rotary

Much concentration by our members at the twilight croquet game last Wednesday. Our thanks to the East Fremantle Croquet Cub for their gentle and patient instruction ...

3 weeks ago

Fremantle Rotary

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1 month ago

Fremantle Rotary

Our new meeting place at the old courthouse where we have been made to feel very welcome #infreo#oldcourthousefremantle ...

Our new meeting place at the old courthouse where we have been made to feel very welcome #infreo#oldcourthousefremantle

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Great! See you there sometime.

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1 month ago

Fremantle Rotary

International Micro Finance Loans
Things Do Not Always Go as Planned
The Covid-19 crisis has impacted the ability of some borrowers to repay their loans. Fremantle Rotary contributed to a loan for a kiln to produce ceramic water filters in Cambodia. 3,372 lenders brought this project to reality, so the financial risk to each is small. If this loan is not ultimately able to be repaid, the contribution to sanitation and water quality in Cambodia is a worthy enterprise to receive the loan as a donation.
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International Micro Finance Loans
Things Do Not Always Go as Planned
The Covid-19 crisis has impacted the ability of some borrowers to repay their loans.  Fremantle Rotary contributed to a loan for a kiln to produce ceramic water filters in Cambodia.   3,372 lenders brought this project to reality, so the financial risk to each is small.  If this loan is not ultimately able to be repaid, the contribution to sanitation and water quality in Cambodia is a worthy enterprise to receive the loan as a donation.

1 month ago

Fremantle Rotary

International Micro Finance Loans
Freo Rotary is supporting individuals and community groups in under-developed countries with financial support to improve their situation through their own initiative and hard work. The financial risk to Fremantle Rotary is small because the total value of each loan is shared between multiple lenders. However, the impact of the loans to the recipients can be life-changing.
We have so far supported 24 loans in 18 countries. Pauline from Burkina Faso has been a shopkeeper in a local neighbourhood for more than seven years. She is the mother of three children, two of whom go to school. She borrowed to buy 65 sacks of peanuts to sell in her community shop. She was able to fully repay the loan and also return a small amount of money to her business. She supports her family and provides an essential service to her community
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International Micro Finance Loans
 Freo Rotary is supporting individuals and community groups in under-developed countries with financial support to improve their situation through their own initiative and hard work.  The financial risk to Fremantle Rotary is small because the total value of each loan is shared between multiple lenders.  However, the impact of the loans to the recipients can be life-changing.
We have so far supported 24 loans in 18 countries. Pauline from Burkina Faso has been a shopkeeper in a local neighbourhood for more than seven years.  She is the mother of three children, two of whom go to school.  She borrowed to buy 65 sacks of peanuts to sell in her community shop.  She was able to fully repay the loan and also return a small amount of money  to her business. She supports her family and provides an essential service to her community

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Well done to all involved 👏

Thanks Nola Beringer

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1 month ago

Fremantle Rotary

Freo Rotary supports International Micro Finance Loans.
Supporting individuals and community groups in under-developed countries with financial support to improve their situation through their own initiative and hard work. The financial risk to Fremantle Rotary is small because the total value of each loan is shared between multiple lenders. However, the impact of the loans to the recipients can be life-changing.
We have so far supported 24 loans in 18 countries. Pauline from Burkina Faso has been a shopkeeper in a local neighbourhood for more than seven years. She is the mother of three children, two of whom go to school. She borrowed to buy 65 sacks of peanuts to sell in her community shop. She was able to fully repay the loan and also return a small amount of money to her business. She supports her family and provides an essential service to her community
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Freo Rotary supports International Micro Finance Loans.
 Supporting  individuals and community groups in under-developed countries with financial support to improve their situation through their own initiative and hard work.  The financial risk to Fremantle Rotary is small because the total value of each loan is shared between multiple lenders.  However, the impact of the loans to the recipients can be life-changing.
We have so far supported 24 loans in 18 countries. Pauline from Burkina Faso has been a shopkeeper in a local neighbourhood for more than seven years.  She is the mother of three children, two of whom go to school.  She borrowed to buy 65 sacks of peanuts to sell in her community shop.  She was able to fully repay the loan and also return a small amount of money  to her business. She supports her family and provides an essential service to her community

1 month ago

Fremantle Rotary

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