We support international projects

We have always been keen to support oversees projects, most of which are established charities run by or overseen by Rotary Clubs neighbouring a particular project. This way we can be assured that any money or equipment that we donate falls into the right hands. A selection of the projects that we have recently supported are shown below to give a flavour of our oversees work.

Porridge & Pens

Porridge for Pens

By way of introduction Gemma explained that after completing school, and before attending university, she had decided to take a gap year. She wanted it to be adventurous and chose to teach english to school children in a small free school in Ghana. It was to be her first venture away from Brightlingsea, a small village on the east coast of Essex, and it turned out to not only be adventurous, but a life changing experience.

She was hosted by a relatively prosperous local family who she lived with and saw the difficult conditions that the poor local children and families live within. Befriending the family's young live-in maid she thought she could make a difference and certainly did and has.

Gemma explained that Porridge and Pens works with some of the poorest children in Kumasi, which lies in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, by providing ongoing grants and support to schools, orphanages, families and individuals in the region.

"She said that we believe every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential by having food to eat and a place to learn."

Porridge and Pens makes measurable differences to over 200 young lives every day through a Fruit Feeding drop, Girl Power grants and the Brightlingsea Child Care Centre.

Tools With A Mission (TWAM)

Collecting in May 2017 - click to find out more

The Club, through our International Committee, are keen supporters of this project and hold regular collections of unwanted tools at local supermarkets. Keep an eye on our Public Events Diary or the News page for details of the next collection date. Tools with a Mission enables people to earn a living and to support themselves. In many countries of the world people have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living. A switch from aid dependency to self sufficiency is impossible without help. TWAM started twenty seven years ago, and has since then provided this help by collecting and refurbishing tools
and equipment no longer required in the UK and sending them overseas. You don’t have to wait for one of our official collection days of course. Just contact our International Chairman using the email address and we will arrange a collection or drop off point for you.


Mary’s Meals 

We are proud supporters of Mary’s Meals, an international movement that sets
up school feeding projects in communities where poverty and hunger prevent
children from gaining an education. Mary’s Meals is a simple idea that works
by providing a daily meal in a place of education, chronically poor children are
attracted to the classroom where they can gain a basic education that provides
an escape route from poverty. Over 800,000 children receive Mary’s Meals
every school day. The average cost to feed a child for a whole school year is
just £10.70.

Please find the time to watch the above video and you will see why we are keen
to support this charity. You can also learn more about Mary’s Meals HERE

Benin Christian Support

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Clacton Rotary Club has been supporting the local, and entirely self funded, Benin Christian Support group for several years now. Benin is a very poor democratic West African country where the average person will not see their 60th birthday and the average income is £53 a year.  Witchcraft and slavery are still widely practiced. The support group pay their own way to Benin and work alongside local people in the villages
assisting practically with education, healthcare, and community development and through evangelism. As part of our club’s on-going support for a community in Benin we recently undertook a project to assist a school, in the area of Avergamy a small village some 200 plus miles from Cotinau. Although in the past we have raised funds to help the basic needs of the village, Benin Christian Support informed us that a lot of the children who managed to attend the mud and wattle school lacked all the basic needs to help with their learning. Members donated all the needed items for 100 children including pens, pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers, exercise books, writing pads, tubes of toothpaste, face clothes, toothbrushes, bars of soap, spoons, some school bags, and some sandals,. Our ladies of Inner Wheel kindly assisted by making and supplying pencil cases for each child. We are pleased to say that the children now have all these much valued items and are able to participate fully in their schooling.
You can learn more about the excellent work of this charity HERE.