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Muncy Rotary Club making a difference in the ‘Middle of the World’

By Staff | Jul 24, 2012

Official presentation and installation of the computer lab through funds of the Muncy Rotary. Sister Lucia, Director of the “Cochapamba Center”, Maria Elena de Molina, President of the Quito Norte Rotary Club’s Ladies Auxiliary, and Diego Herrera, Technical adviser.

The Muncy Rotary Club, District 7360 was the recipient of District Simplified Grant that enabled the organization to help underprivileged girls and boys attend the after school program at the Cochapamba Center in Quito-Ecuador. The center is run under their Director, Sister Lucia, of the Sisters of the Community of San Jose B. Cottolenges, a community of an Italian order.

“The need for appropriate technology for these students is crucial to help reduce the knowledge difference and give them the tools for a better future,” said Sandy Putney, Secretary for the Muncy Rotary. Computers and the proper equipment was purchased to create the lab for research and studies.

The children from the PREP program from St. Boniface Church, Williamsport, raised funds with a bake sale and collaborated for the success of this project.Tthe Quito Norte Rotary Club’s Ladies Auxiliary Committee, under the direction of their president Maria Elena de Molina, also give funds for this project.

Education gives these children who come from one of the poorest areas in Quito, a brighter future. As one mother expresses, “This kind of help is the only way out for our children for a better life.”

The District Simplified Grant is a way for Rotary Clubs to support short-term charitable, educational, and humanitarian projects in local and international communities.

The District Grants Subcommittee Chair (DGSC), Susana Falck coordinated the project with the Quito Norte Rotary Club in Ecuador.

Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business, professional, and community leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Learn more at www.rotary.org or contact the Muncy Rotary Club’s President, Justin Reis.