Lacombe Express: Lacombe Rotary Club Supports A Better World School Project

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A Better World Canada recently received a donation of $12,500 from the Lacombe Rotary Club towards the Turkana Education Centre in Kenya. From left to right: Reverend William Kubondo, visiting minister from Kenya, Melrose Randell of the Rotary club, Bev Randell of the Rotary club, Rick Wiebe, project manager, and Paul West of the Rotary club. — Image Credit: Sarah Maetche/Lacombe Express

It’s a project that keeps on giving, due to the support of the community and the local Rotary club.

This past Friday, the Lacombe Rotary Club continued on their support of A Better World Canada(ABW) and a school project in Kenya.

Over the past two years, the club has supported the building of a school in Lodwar, in northwestKenya, called the Turkana Education Centre.

“Several Rotary members, their wives and families attended the opening of the school in October2013,” said Bev Randell of the local Rotary club. “The school has been so successful that it iscurrently being enlarged with the addition of new classrooms.”

ABW has been working in the Lodwar district for many years, working with the community toimprove living conditions and to provide education to the children. The very first project completedin the area was drilling two wells, followed by the building the Turkana Education Centre.

The school was funded in partnership with Carpet Colour Centre in Red Deer and the LacombeRotary Club, which contributed $25,000 to the project in 2013. Individual Rotarians also continue tosupport the school by paying the teachers’ salaries.

Project manager Rick Wiebe recently visited the school to check on the progress of the facility and todetermine the cost estimate for building two additional classrooms.

“Building in Lodwar is difficult and relatively expensive because it is so remote, the road south isvery poor and everything has to be trucked in except for sand and water,” said Randell. “However,although the building materials have gone up in cost, based on the initial cost to build the school in2013, it it believed that two additional classrooms can be built and furnished from $20,000 to$25,000.”

The group expects that there will be a need for 12 to 16 additional classrooms in the school as itexpands to accommodate up to Grade 8 and moves towards being an adult education centre.

Last December, the Randell School of Music presented its annual Winter Variety Concert in supportof the ABW project at St. Andrew’s United Church. The concert was kicked off by a presentation byWiebe followed by the music stylings of 12 students from the music school along with three guestperformances.

During the intermission, an offering was taken that raised $5,750 in cheques and $1,750 in cash, alltowards ABW. Melrose Randell, director of the Randell School of Music, chose to donate the cashreceipts to the Lacombe Rotary Club, which then added an additional $3,250 to the fundraisingefforts.

The Rotary club then applied for a Rotary District Grant, which was awarded this month to the localclub to the maximum amount of $7,000.

Last Friday, the club presented a donation of $12,500 to Wiebe and ABW to fund the new classroomsin the education centre.

In total, the group has raised $18,250 towards the school.

by  Sarah Maetche – Lacombe Express