The Sierra Leone Education Fund: Small but Impactful

by Quentin Wodon

While some of the projects implemented in developing countries by service clubs are large, most are not.  Smaller projects may be small, but they can nevertheless be impactful, making a real difference in the life of their beneficiaries.  A good example is the Sierra Leone Education Fund.

Sierra Leone

A new Rotarian Economist Brief by Jennifer Carr Pilholski and Eric Wolvovsky tells the story of the fund and how it works.  The fund was launched as a project of the Howard County Rotaract Club with additional support from the Columbia Rotary Club.  It is now a 501c(3) organization in the US, and all the funds donated go to a primary school in Sierra Leone for materials and scholarships. As for other posts showcasing projects through briefs from this blog’s series, rather than summarizing the brief, I encourage you to read it in full here.

If you would like to submit a brief about your project, please send me an email through the Contact Me page of this blog.

“We Love You Gringos!” Serving Remote Communities in Honduras

by Quentin Wodon

Every year, many Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Interactors travel internationally to participate in hands-on community service projects in developing countries. What does it take to implement such projects? Are the projects sustainable? Do travelling teams do useful work? Do the projects make sense or are they costly? What are their main benefits?

Honduras

A new Rotarian Economist Brief by Bill Phillips suggests answers to these questions. The brief is based on a decade-long commitment by Tennessee Rotarians to support families in remote communities near Choluteca in Honduras, among others through access to electricity and water. As for other posts showcasing briefs from this blog’s series, rather than summarizing the brief, I encourage you to read it in full here.

If you would like to submit a brief about your project, please send me an email through the Contact Me page of this blog.

Innovative Books for Children in Rural Burkina Faso

by Quentin Wodon

One of the aims of this blog is to showcase innovative service projects. These projects will be featured on the blog through 4-6 page briefs that will be publicized through a short post (short, because the idea is for you to read the brief, not a long post about it!)

FAVL

Today’s featured project was implemented in Burkina Faso with support from a global grant from The Rotary Foundation. More than 60 photo books have been created, printed and distributed to community libraries in rural areas. Michael Kevane, a Professor at Santa Clara University and the Co-Director for West Africa of FAVL (Friends of African Village Libraries) has written a brief on the project. I encourage you to read the brief, which is available here.

If you would like to submit a brief about your project, please send me an email through the Contact Me page of this blog.