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World Community Service Projects - District 5360
Category: Microcredit | By Editor, 15-Dec-2012 | Viewed 4077  Comments 0
Below are some of the inspired microcredit & community development projects we're working on in the District 5360 Microcredit Task Force. Note, we are expanding our District focus to include community development in keeping with the evolving role of RAGM - The Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit and Community Development. To read more about each of these projects, follow the links. If you or your club would like to get involved, either financially or otherwise, whether you're in district 5360 or much farther away - please contact D5360 Microcredit Task Force Chair Wally Gardiner (gardinercomputer@shaw.ca)


In Kathmandu

Child Haven Orphanage
Funding required for solar water heater, air circulating fans & replacement water reservoir. Child Haven International was founded by Bonnie and Fred Cappuccino in 1985. It runs 6 homes in India, 1 in Nepal, 1 in Bangladesh and 1 in Tibet, and looks after over 1400 children until they reach maturity. Child Haven provides shelter, education from nursery through postsecondary, food, emotional and medical care, empowers women with literacy and tailoring programs and has Soyacow and bio-gas projects.
Need $7,800
Raised $5,000
Request $2,800


In Nepal

Saving and Skill Development to Improve Livelihoods and Outcomes in Microcredit Projects, including market gardening. Aimed to benefit 40 women in each of three new communities in the southern Katmandu valley of Nepal, this project is designed to strengthen microcredit activities supported by CORE. It will offer training in producing organic vegetables and facilitating saving-&-credit activities. Women will individually or in small groups begin producing vegetables to sell so the income or saved expense (if purchasing vegetables) improves their livelihood.
Need $13,000
Raised $0
Request $3,500 per club


In the Philippines

Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation.
Telemedicine - Using Android phones containing cameras and simplified data collection programs a patient's symptoms can be captured and analyzed by doctors, bringing some of the best medical minds to microcredit clients and their families that would otherwise receive the minimum of treatment.
Need $13,000
Raised $6,500
Request $6,500


In Honduras

Opportunity International Canada
Expansion of microcredit branches of a proven banking system. Phase one of a larger project anticipated next year. involves Global Grants & Alberta's CIP.

Opportunity International is one of the leading microfinance organizations worldwide with implementing partners in over twenty countries in the developing world.  Opportunity provides holistic microfinance to its clients through offering not just loans, but also savings accounts, training, and micro-insurance. This strategy promotes diversified business growth, teaches sustainable stewardship, and invests in hard-working creative entrepreneurs determined to make a better tomorrow for their families and communities.  This model will not only impact Santa Cruz de Yojoa, but is also scalable for roll-out throughout Honduras. 

Need $150,000
Raised $140,000
Request $10,000


Steve Rickard, Founding President
Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit
1420 Scotland St SW
Calgary, Alberta T3C 2L4
(403) 815 8300

Wally Gardiner, Chair
D5360 Microcredit Task Force
390 Ellis Crescent
High River, Alberta  T1V 1J1
(403) 652-3794
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