Local club helps Southern American school
The Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club recently provided a $10,000 grant to a sister club in Caracas, Venezuela to help a school in the South American country.
The money will help buy equipment for a kitchen and computer lab for children attending a rural public school outside Caracas.
The first $4,000 was raised by the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club with assistance from the Western Eagle Club – which pitched in $1,000 – and a $1,000 donation from a private donor.
Once $4,000 was raised, the Club Rotario de Metropolitano from Caracas raised $1,000 that was then matched by Rotary International for a total of $10,000.
Linda Lomax of the Vail-Eagle Valley Rotary Club initiated the grant process after touring the area and seeing the need. “I saw children so malnourished that they were only two-thirds of their normal size,” Lomax said.
The La Escuela Estadal school is located in a mountainous region approximately one hour and a half from Caracas, the capital. The area was a coffee-growing region that was very productive up to the late 1990s.
Coffee growing eventually depleted the soils leaving residents struggling to support themselves. “Children have become extremely malnourished as a result of their family’s inability to grow crops,” Lomax said. “This grant will provide a way for the school to entice children back by guaranteeing a healthy meal each day.”
For more information please contact Linda Lomax, Vail Eagle Valley Rotary Club, 926-8142.