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The Grace Centre

Description

Financing

Documents

Photos

History Logs

Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Zambia

Location: Kazungula

Total Budget: $169,800

Area of Focus: Economic and community development


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 gjp@tribecacom.com 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

• Funds to operate the training programs for

3 years

Primary Host Partner

District: 9210

Rotary Club of: Livingstone

Primary Contact: Paula Van Zyl

Email: paula.winland@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5240

Rotary Club of: Ventura

Primary Contact: George Poulakos

Email: gjp@tribecacom.com

Project Status

Paid
This project is "Paid". This means the funds have been received and the project is being implemented.

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1866010.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Livingstone (9210)

25-Mar-18

$100

$10,000

$10,100

Ventura (5240)

25-Mar-18

$10,000

$18,000

$28,000

Newbury Park (5240)

25-Mar-18

$3,500

$0

$3,500

Ojai West (5240)

25-Mar-18

$2,000

$0

$2,000

Ojai (5240)

25-Mar-18

$500

$0

$500

Thousand Oaks (5240)

25-Mar-18

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Malibu (5280)

25-Mar-18

$100

$0

$100

Moorpark (5240)

25-Mar-18

$500

$0

$500

Santa Paula (5240)

25-Mar-18

$100

$0

$100

Montecito (5240)

30-Mar-18

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Solvang (5240)

10-Jun-18

$5,000

$0

$5,000

Simi Sunset (5240)

10-Jun-18

$500

$0

$500

North Stafford (7610)

7-Oct-18

$2,000

$0

$2,000

Fort Collins-Breakfast (5440)

20-Oct-18

$2,000

$2,000

$4,000

Cambria (5240)

6-Jul-19

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Hermosa Beach (5280)

6-Jul-19

$500

$0

$500

Manhattan Beach (5280)

6-Jul-19

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Ventura South (5240)

6-Jul-19

$5,000

$0

$5,000

Paso Robles (5240)

6-Jul-19

$2,000

$0

$2,000

Culver City (5280)

6-Jul-19

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Woodland Hills (5280)

6-Jul-19

$1,500

$0

$1,500

Simi Sunrise (5240)

6-Jul-19

$4,000

$0

$4,000

San Luis Obispo (5240)

6-Jul-19

$25,000

$0

$25,000

Ventura (5240)

7-Jul-19

$3,900

$0

$3,900

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$36,600

$30,000

$66,600

Total

$169,800

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%.

Project Supporting Documents


[25-Mar-18]
Draft


[10-Jun-18]
Global Grant


[10-Jun-18]
Global Grant Application


[25-Mar-18]
Global Grant Draft

Project Photos

History Log Entries

25-Mar-18

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $3,500 by Dana Moldovan of the Rotary Club of Newbury Park, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Mike Caldwell of the Rotary Club of Ojai West, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Mike Weaver of the Rotary Club of Ojai, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by John Bradley of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Allan Mannheim of the Rotary Club of Malibu, District 5280.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Allan Mannheim of the Rotary Club of Malibu, District 5280.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Jim Lewis of the Rotary Club of Moorpark, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by John Chamberlain of the Rotary Club of Santa Paula, District 5240.

30-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Harlan Green of the Rotary Club of Montecito, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Solvang, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, District 5280.

7-Oct-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Sarah Laws of the Rotary Club of North Stafford, District 7610.

20-Oct-18

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 with $2,100 DDF by Ellen Brinks of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins-Breakfast, District 5440.

20-Oct-18

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 with $2,000 DDF by Ellen Brinks of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins-Breakfast, District 5440.

2-Apr-19

by George Poulakos

Application sent in December. Since then we have responded to two sets of extensive queries. The application is with the Cadres.

4-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

This project has been fully funded and approved.

5-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

Fully pledged

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Gerry Porter of the Rotary Club of Cambria, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by steve pederson of the Rotary Club of Hermosa Beach, District 5280.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by ken deemer of the Rotary Club of Manhattan Beach, District 5280.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 by Dante Honorico of the Rotary Club of Ventura South, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $25,000 by Tom Bormes of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Gail Tannehill of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Lyn Caron of the Rotary Club of Culver City, District 5280.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,500 by elizabeth tilkian of the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills, District 5280.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $4,000 by Chas Wilson of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $25,000 by Tom Bormes of the Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo, District 5240.

6-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

7-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $3,900 by Gary Gutchess of the Rotary Club of Ventura, District 5240.

7-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.

7-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

7-Jul-19

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Payment has been issued by The Rotary Foundation.

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