Paul Harris Study Centre





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Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: South Africa

Location: Klerksdorp

Total Budget: $64,582

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

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The Rethabile Children's home was established in Klerksdorp, South Africa in 1956. Support services are rendered to 160 orphans and vulnerable children found in need of care through Children's Court Procedures, in terms of the Children's Act 38 of 2008.

The Rethabile Children's Home is partially funded by Government but largely depends on donations from the community and fundraising projects.

The Rotary Club of Orkney has identified a serious shortcoming at this facility. The children have no study hall and no access to a computer or the internet to do research for school projects. They have no desk or private place to store their books and study material.

The Rethabile Children's Home is within walking distance of a primary school - Unie Primary School. The school is situated in a disadvantaged area and it also accommodates most of the children from the orphanage at zero school fees. The school is a low graded government school and therefore only receive government subsidy to pay half of the teachers at the school, the rest of the teachers are paid by the School Governing Body which leaves no monetary reserves for repairs & maintenance, upgrading of equipment and technology etc. The school deserves and can certainly benefit from access to a brand new computer centre. The Rotary Club of Orkney has done 2 Matching Grants at this school.

The main objective of this project is to convert premises, currently used as a store room, into a study centre with desks, private storage for books and access to computers and the internet. The Paul Harris Study Centre will be used by learners and teachers from Unie Primary School during school hours and children from the Rethabile Children's Home will use the facility as a study centre after school hours.

160 orphans and vulnerable children, as well as 612 learners will benefit from this project annually, and for many years to come.

Timeline: 1 March 2019 to 31 August 2019

Total Project Budget : US$ 64 560 to be used for renovations on store room , 15 station Computer Centre, Installation of Internet connection and Training of learners and teachers.

The host Rotarians will use their business contacts and acumen to facilitate the best deals and prices in the construction process as well as in obtaining infrastructure. The host Rotarians will also use Rotarian specialist and other skilled friends to oversee construction, installation of equipment and implementation of the project. The host Rotarians will monitor and evaluate the project annually.

Primary Host Partner

District: 9370

Rotary Club of: Orkney

Primary Contact: Anne Botha

Email: anne.botha@mweb.co.za

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Carlsbad

Primary Contact: James O'Meara

Email: jim.omeara.mail@gmail.com

Project Status

Application Sent
This project is "Application Sent". This means the application has been sent to The Rotary Foundation, waiting to be approved.

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1982938.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Orkney (9370)





Carlsbad (5340)





Carlsbad (5340)





El Camino Real (Oceanside) (5340)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






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%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $5,000 DDF by James O'Meara of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, District 5340.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 with $2.00 DDF by James O'Meara of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, District 5340.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 with $1,000 DDF by Keith Brentlinger of the Rotary Club of El Camino Real (Oceanside), District 5340.


by James O'Meara

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Anne Botha

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


by James O'Meara

G-1856 has been issued GG-1982938 by TRF


by James O'Meara

8-14-19 Questions received from TRF--reviewing & responding


by James O'Meara

First week of October G-1856 and/or GG 1982939 was approved by TRF.

Funds from Carlsbad #906 and El Camino Real #916 (Oceanside) will be sent to TRF on 10-10-19.


by James O'Meara

On November 8, 2019 Jim & JoAnn O'Meara's Donor Advised Fund requested a transfer of $3,350. into GG 1982938. We received notice on Dec. 11 that the grant was short $25,675 cash contributions. We have notified Josue Oliver to inform us that our contribution was transferred and detail our request. Waiting for response. [Josue.Oliver@rotary.org]


by James O'Meara

Jim was in contact with TRF today. Resolving dollars contributed.

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