At the Rotary Club of Kapolei would like to thank each and everyone who attended our little party get together at the El Mariachi on August 18th.
Thank you Natasha for sending me photos. We surely had lots of fun indeed!
I wanted to share this video with everyone. It explains perfectly what Rotary is all about and that we are a people of action.
Rotary is not about egos and putting yourself first among others. WE Rotarians care for the others and for the well-being of our planet. This video says it all. So be proud to be part of a club that makes the world a better place.
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The Rotary Club of Kapolei had a very good meeting with newly elect District Governor, Winton Schoneman in the ending part of July.
Our meeting was mainly about our goals and what we would like to accomplish during President Pat Murphy’s term.
Winton, also gave acknowledgements to Natasha Clarin, Marrienne Vergara, and Virgil Vergara.
In the early part of July of 2018 I was fortunate to ride along with members the Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo and Rick Nava of Rotary Club of Lahaina. Our goal was to provide school supplies and materials for three schools in Concepcion: Bacjawan Elemetary, Danao Danao Elementary and Mailogilog Elementary.
I went on a vacation to Iloilo. Iloilo is the capital city of the province of Iloilo in the island called Panay. It’s situated right in the heart of the Philippines located in a region called the Visayas. Although most of the people speak Tagalog, their native dialect is Ilongo.
Iloilo is a small but growing city with similarities to Honolulu. It’s a tropical city surrounded by small islands. Seafood is a abundant many festivals are celebrated throughout the year. Iloilo people are quite possibly the friendliest people that you will ever meet in the Philippines. I really don’t know why – but everyone I talked to and met they just seem very nice and easy going. They remind me of people here in Hawaii.
From Iloilo is about a two hour ride to the town of Concepcion. This is where the location of Bacjawan Elementary is at and where we will be deliver school supplies to over over 450 students. The school supplies were respectfully donated by Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo and Rotary Club of Lahaina.
Bacjawan Elementary was once a small school of only 1st and 2nd graders. In November of 2013, the Visayas was hit by Typhoon Haiyan, doing severe damage to the region. The once small school of Bacjawan saw a massive influx of new students displaced by the typhoon. It now has over 360 students starting from kindergarten to 6th grade.
The school had to make due to accommodate the displaced students. 8 makeshift classrooms were built from thatch coconut leaves and bamboo. There are no walls. Instead dried bamboo strung together is what separate each classroom. The floor is made of dirt and there is no lighting: making it difficult for students to learn and get a proper education.
Most of the students in Bacjawan Elementary come from poor families. Some of them lost their homes during the typhoon. Therefore, proper hygiene and sanitation has gone mainly ignored by the students and the school itself. Their more focused on the means of survival and trying to make ends meet with whatever resources they have at the school.
There are only two toilets for the entire school: 1 for boys, and the other for girls. They have no library and there is very limited teaching materials and textbooks n in all of their classrooms.
Bacjawan’s resources :
I wanted to conclude on a happy note. Our goal there was to pass school supplies to over 450 students. The school supplies goes to 3 schools in Concepcion: Bacjawan elementary, Danao Danao Elementary on Danao Danao island, and to Mailogilog Elementary – also on another island off Concepcion. It was a heartwarming and fun event – especially to see the kids faces.