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North India Project Presentation
 
 
Stuart Batty gave us a fascinating look back at a major international project in North India.where the team was sent in to appraise how it had gone.
 
Initially based just South of Shimla, the aim of the ten year project was to educate ~30 communities (7 informal settlements and 23 neighbouring villages) in an underdeveloped part of the District of Solan, Himachal Pradesh to become self-sufficient which included being able to grow their own crops and develop irrigation with improving water, wealth, health and agriculture being the main focus.
 
Shimla, Northern India
 
“The area was mountainous, barren and very hot and there were monkeys everywhere” smiled Stuart.
 
The team were not allowed to wear any items with the Rotary logo as NGOs were not welcome so the team had to go in as tourists and be very discrete about what they said.
 
They began by discussing and getting feedback on the efforts of the project so far across thirty communities.  “We also checked progress in making check dams”, explained Stuart, “which stored water for use in irrigating land to grow food”.
 
Another focus was to produce water via building reservoirs in order to feed animals plus they also drilled down to obtain water and raise it up to secured storage areas so that animals and thieves couldn’t get at it.  In addition the project involved the use of water tanks that were filled when it rained. 
 
Other reservoirs were built on land to facilitate the growing and irrigating of crops.  The project also involved the propagation of seeds and the building of shelters to protect the seeds and plants from animals.
 
“The outcomes were fantastic” smiled Stuart “as locals were now able to feed their families with extra food being sold with the money raised spent on important things including education for children.”
 
The project also supported multiple and huge settlements that were very poor where children and young teenagers were living in crowded situations with little comforts.
 
The team then headed to Shimla which is built on the side of a mountain.  “In the past the town used to house the Government during the hot season” explained Stuart.  
 
Overall, the major outcomes of the trip were seen as having been achieved which was  highly relevant to local needs and in particular with respect to the emphasis on water conservation & capture for agriculture and the availability of a safe drinking water supply.  Health training and testing was also relevant to the needs of both the landless and smallholders.
 
There was a shortfall of $90,000 overall and the team were delighted when one Rotarian wrote out a cheque for the total amount.
 
We thanked Stuart for his interesting presentation on a very successful and worthwhile project that made a significant difference for the population of the area it was based in.
 
 
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Pink Ribbon Reminder
 
A final reminder all lady Papanui Rotary Club members and friends.
 
Come and join the merry crew for our Annual Pink Ribbon fundraising breakfast on Saturday May 22nd starting at 9:30 am at 20 Mistral Road, Northwood.
 
Our three wonderful chefs will do us proud with an amazing spread being delivered as always.
 
Please let Lois know via loisflanagan@gmail.com that you will be attending.
 
 
 
In 2020 RNZWCS set up an appeal for Covid-19 response specifically to support our Pacific neighbours. In recent weeks inquiries have been coming in as Rotary’s response to India.
 
RNZWCS is in regular contact with Rotarians in India and elsewhere regarding the pandemic through Zoom calls and email.  The message from India is clear – do not send goods.  Incompatibility with India’s equipment standards, customs duty and GST are just some of the roadblocks.
 
India’s population is 1.4 billion.  At last count India had 21 Rotary Districts and 115,000 Rotarians.
 
RNZWCS has long outstanding partners in India and is in touch.  Donations sent to its established contacts directly will see the money reach the end need immediately.
 
For Clubs and Rotarians wishing to donate, contact details are:
 
RNZWCS Limited
03 1702 0192208 01 Ref. 777
 
WPACNZ2W
 
 
 
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May 18, 2021
 
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May 20, 2021
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May 21, 2021
 
Reality Bites Coffee morning
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May 21, 2021
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May 22, 2021
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Duty Roster 20th May 2021
 
Reception
Mitchell, Keith
 
Speakers Host
Forsyth, Simon
 
Vote of Thanks
Bond, Mark
 
Visitors Host
Barltrop, Charles
 
Sergeant
Geerlofs, Arie
 
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
 
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
 
Duty Roster 27th May 2021
 
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McNee, Ken
 
Speakers Host
Flanagan, Lois
 
Vote of Thanks
Courtney, Liz
 
Visitors Host
Gimblett, Deb
 
Sergeant
Bates, Mandi
 
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
 
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
 
Duty Roster 3rd June 2021
 
Reception
Taylor, Tony
 
Speakers Host
Batty, Stuart
 
Vote of Thanks
McFadden, Grant
 
Visitors Host
Colley, Cheryl
 
Sergeant
Thomson, Rob
 
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
 
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
 
Duty Roster 10th June 2021
 
Reception
Bates, Mandi
 
Speakers Host
Digby, Neville
 
Vote of Thanks
Hudson, Jim
 
Visitors Host
Flanagan, Lois
 
Sergeant
Geerlofs, Arie
 
Meeting Setup
McMurtrie, Denis
 
Banner Setup & Room Tidyup
Sedgley, Ron
 
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