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An Opportunity for Empowerment: A Rotary Global Grant
The Rotary clubs of Ventura, California and Livingstone, Zambia are initiating a global grant in Kazungula, Zambia. This project has the potential to change the cycle of despair, early marriage, and sexual abuse for generations of young girls.
We need other Rotary clubs to participate to make this grant a reality. Clubs and individuals can contribute any amount, and all contributions will count towards Paul Harris points. Please contact George J. Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Ventura by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-494-4387.
The Problem: A Slow River Crossing Which Causes Devastating Consequences for Young Girls
The only crossing between the Southern African country of Zambia and neighboring Botswana is in Kazungula. The Zambesi River flows between the two countries, and all vehicles must be carried over on a pontoon. Commercial trucks wait in a queue for up to 10 days, and during this time, many of them entice vulnerable young girls to "entertain" them. This is much easier than it should be in an extremely impoverished town with a history of sexual abuse and child marriage. With no source of income in their families, many girls and young women become victims of this sexual abuse.
The Solution: A Global Grant for
The Grace Centre
Prominent civic leaders in nearby Livingstone, Zambia, a tourist destination, have already taken action. They've identified 3 vocations where trained young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation. They formed an NGO and opened The Grace Centre to provide counseling, training, and in select cases, funds for secondary school education.
The founders have ambitious goals, but they were only able to solicit enough funds from individual donors to build the facilities and get the tailoring program started, which has now enrolled 30 young girls and women.
For The Grace Centre to become a reality, additional operating funds are now required.
Once the funds are acquired, The Grace Centre should become self-sufficient within 3 years. The center will generate revenues by employing graduates to create tailored goods, operate an on-premise restaurant, and provide catered meals.
What the Global Grant will Provide
• The equipment, building modifications and furniture to begin operations
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged". Click here to pledge support for this project.
Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.