It is said that it takes a village to raise a child and this philosophy guided the recent presentation made by the Rotary Club of Maraval (RCoM) on International Children’s Day. Through a grant received from the Rotary District 7030, part funding from the PeopleBridge Charitable Foundation and the generosity of one of the Rotary Club’s long standing members, Susan Hale and family, a donation was made of eighty-two (82) tablets to five (5) Primary Schools in the Maraval and Rampanalgas areas. The club was also significantly assisted through its partnership with Fairway Freight Consolidators Inc., Caribbean Airlines Cargo and Ramp Logistics to ship the devices.
Receiving the devices on behalf of their students were the Principals of each of the five (5) schools; Our Lady of Assumption Boissiere RC School, La Sieva RC School, Maraval RC School, Paramin RC School and Rampanalgas RC School.
Mr. Camillius Olivier, Principal of Paramin RC School, expressed his sincere thanks on behalf of the Principals and schools present. He said that, “These devices will go a long way in bringing much needed assistance to those students who did not have these resources available to them and we thank the Rotary Club of Maraval for answering the call for assistance.”
President of the Rotary Club, Giselle Holder and the Club’s Past President and Service Projects Chair, Mary Charles also expressed their heartfelt joy on behalf of the Rotary Club of Maraval and its sponsors, in being able to get these much needed devices to the students. Ms. Holder said that, “It remains the priority of the Rotary Club of Maraval to continue deepening our relationships with the five schools assisted today and also with those in need in our community. We will continue our focus on and commitment to addressing the specific needs of our community as best as we can.”
The Rotary Club of Maraval remains steadfast in helping those in need through literacy and education initiatives, peace and conflict resolution sessions and overall community outreach programmes and projects. Recent projects completed by the Club include donation of feminine hygiene products to the TT Women’s prison; donation of stationary supplies to primary schools and the Cascade/ St. Ann’s Life Centre; continued donation of supplies for the occupants of the St. Andrew’s Home for the elderly in Belmont,  the donation of food hampers to the families of students at the Cascade/ St. Ann’s Life Centre and the recent upgrade of their kitchen used for cooking classes facilitated by volunteers sourced through the Rotary Club.