Education Matters: A Bloomington – Kinshasa Rotary partnership
In the fall of 2013 the Bloomington Rotary Club, Bloomington Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club Gombe in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) formed a partnership to raise funds ($4,500) and renovate three classrooms at the Centre Salisa School and Orphanage in Mpasa, one of the poorest neighborhoods of Kinshasa.
These clubs are working alongside the Bloomington based non-profit organization Giving Back to Africa (GBA) which, since 2011, has implemented an educational program at Centre Salisa focused on community-based servant leadership skill development.
GBA works with the teachers to jointly develop the curriculum around issues that matter most to the children like clean water, waste management, and nutrition. Children then, take their new found knowledge into the community by designing community service actions that make a positive difference in their Mpasa neighborhood.
The Rotary project named “Education Matters” is designed to be a multi-year effort whereby other clubs in District 6580 and in District 9150 (Kinshasa, DRC) are being invited to grow this important partnership.
For the 2014 – 2015 Rotary year the Rotary partners plan to provide library facilities, a rainwater collection system, and a walled-in student training garden.
In the following years we hope to grow the partnership to upgrade of the only (hand-operated) well on the school property by making it solar powered and by extending basic sanitary facilities into the school.
The Power Point link will provide you with more detailed information on this project, and the images will reinforce why this partnership between our clubs is all worth it.