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April 3rd, 2009 by Temple City Tribune
The Rotary Club of Monrovia, and the Rotary Club of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in conjunction with African Enterprise, a local Monrovia service organization, have joined forces to provide Edu-kits to children in the greater Pietermaritzburg area.
Monrovia Rotarian Malcolm Graham, originally from South Africa himself, coordinated the project for the Monrovia club. Graham said that the goal was originally to provide these educational tools to one school, but with the currently favorable exchange rate, they were able to outfit the students at two schools.
Sandra Pillay of African Enterprise was the leader in identifying the schools in need, and worked in conjunction with Graham to bring the donation to fruition. The two schools chosen were the W. A. Lewitt Primary School and Nichols Junior Primary School.The Rotary clubs raised and donated the equivalent of $13,000 to fund the community based project and meet the needs of school children by providing each child with their very own Edu-kit. Each kit contains a plastic folder which contains a wide range of stationery items suitable for use by elementary school-aged children in their studies. The kits were enthusiastically received by the youngsters.
Members of the Pietermaritzburg Rotary Club presented the kits to the students at the two schools. The South African Rotary Club’s President, Peter Keyworth, applauded the principals and staff of each school for the selfless manner in which they were serving the local community. In turn, the principals of each school praised the Rotary clubs for their generosity and remarked that the Edu-kits were instrumental in uplifting the spirits of the children of the region. President Keyworth, in response, reported that seeing the excitement in the eyes of the children was ample reward for Rotary’s efforts.
By Susan Motander