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Rotary Wheels for Learning 2018 – 2019

Rotary Wheels for Learning

An International Program of the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, District 7010

The Rotary Wheels for Learning (RWFL) Program is an international humanitarian project which is led by the Rotary Club of Gravenhurst, Ontario. Originally started up by Lisa McCoy, it was handed over to Mike Cole and MaryAnne Marshall in 2016. In its eighth year, the project’s original mandate was to provide bicycles to impoverished rural children of Cambodia so they may have the opportunity to attend school. Thanks to the financial support from District 7010 clubs such as Englehart, Minden, Bracebridge, North Bay, Huntsville, the Barrie Clubs and Collingwood, we have managed to distribute 7300 bicycles to date!

However, as MaryAnne and I developed relationships with the various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in Cambodia, we have come to realize that getting the children to school is only half the problem…..keeping them there is an even greater challenge.

We have learned that 40% of all rural schools in Cambodia do not have access to clean drinking water, while 63% do not have proper latrines. So while we can get the children to school through the provision of a bicycle, we cannot keep them there as many of them become ill through dehydration or disease caused by improper sanitary conditions. What’s even more concerning is the dropout rate of girls. As soon as girls begin puberty, they often stop going to school all together as they simply do not have the facilities to maintain their hygiene. Imagine having to quit school because you don’t have access to a proper latrine and wash area.

To begin to address this problem, we have evolved the RWFL Program. Bicycles will continue to be the team’s focus on the ground, but we will include several service projects each year that will see us fund the building of wells, wash areas, latrines, and even playgrounds – playgrounds actually attract and keep the younger children going to school.

Should your club be looking for a project to sponsor, or if you wish to actually participate in the RWFL Team that deploys to Cambodia, please contact us at rwflteam2018@gmail.com

Together we do make a difference!!

RWFL Overview:

Location: Cambodia, SE Asia

Dates: Late January – mid February each year.

Approximate Costs: $3300.00 Canadian (includes airfare, lodgings, meals, in country transport, spending).

Team size: 18-20 members (Rotarians and Friends).

Requirements: No experience is necessary; we will provide the bicycle training and expertise

For more information: to obtain more detailed information please send an email to rwflteam2018@gmail.com

RSVP: Interested members should send a response by mid-July to secure a place on the team.

Mike Cole

Field Coordinator RWFL

 

About MaryAnne Marshall

MaryAnne Marshall
I am a retired member of the Canadian Armed Forces, Military Police. After retirement I changed careers (Yin to Yang) and have been working as a Registered Massage Therapist for the past 17 years. I set up practice in Gravenhurst in 2000, and currently run a successful clinic out of the front of my home. I have a passion for international work, thus my involvement with Rotary Wheels For Learning.

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