Steven's Hope Project
For 15 years, the Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway, supported by several Rotary Clubs in RI District 5370, the Community Initiatives Program and in-country partners, have been building schools in Mozambique. It all started in 2005 when Dr. Parker, whom was assisting a non-Rotary humanitarian project in the Xai Xai region, was invited to participate in a tour of a school site in the small village of Macambucuine. On that day, approximately 375 students were receiving their education under trees, in the open, and in a few small reed-built huts, offering no protection from the hot sun or frequent torrential downpours. When message of their plight was communicated to the Gateway Rotary Club, they immediately committed to assist. Fast forward to 2020, in the village of Macambucuine over 1,700 students are receiving their education in properly constructed cinder block classrooms, have access to a library, modern washroom facilities and a community centre. The site is protected by a security wall, ensuring all assets provided are kept safe and children free from harm.
School construction didn’t stop with the village of Macambucuine. In addition to building the school complex in that village, our Club and partners have built a 500-student school in the small village of Pussa, replacing a previous school that was destroyed by a cyclone. In 2019, in partnership with the Maputo Rotary Club and volunteers from the Canadian High Commission in Maputo, we have commenced construction of a 3,000-student school in the village of Muchisso, located close to the capital city of Maputo. During Phase 1, a classroom block consisting of four classrooms and a washroom facility has been built. To protect the assets, a security wall will be completed around the campus in the next phase. The final phases will include a sufficient number of classrooms to accommodate the student body and, construction of additional washrooms facilities and a community centre.
The success of these projects lies not just in the fundraising for construction, but also in the Club’s commitment to ensure sustainability through the provision of ongoing maintenance funding and supports to the classroom. I invite you to contact me if you would like more information, would like me to speak at your club or are willing to financially support the projects.
Dr. Lorne E. Parker, International Director
Rotary Club of Edmonton Gateway