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About the Rotary Club of Maraval
The Rotary Club of Maraval was chartered on May 4 th 1993. The Charter members were all women, however, men were incorporated to the membership shortly after. At this time the club boasts of 31 members, 27 women and 4 men. Our startup projects focused on the environment but the Club soon ventured into other areas of community service by initiating a Rotary Village Corps in the seaside village of Rampanalgas where we built a kitchen for the women of the village to assist them in their effort at entrepreneurship and their products of pepper sauce and chow-chow, tour guiding and the making of tie-dye scarves were also taught.
The Roman Catholic school was adopted by the Club and several upgrading projects of the property were undertaken. The students are provided with school supplies on a regular basis including most recently tablets which have assisted greatly in improving their literacy skills. At Christmas the Club, with the assistance of corporate and private citizens, and a Santa bring cheer to the students.
In 1999 we started a school for students between the ages of 7-14 from depressed areas who had/could not perform in the government schools. Unfortunately, after 15 years we had to close the school due to the fact that we were not equipped to respond adequately to students with special needs. The Club has since begun to provide assistance to another school in the Maraval area, a music programme complete with the construction of an air-conditioned music room, a permanent music tutor and musical instruments for students. The school’s computer room was also upgraded and computers were refurbished. In the area of sports we are organizing a cricket league for the four (4) primary RC schools in the Maraval area.
The Club started working with the Maximum Security Prison in the Rotary Year 1998-1999 with the donation of computers and other educational material to assist with their literacy programme.
In 2018, a commercial printer/copier to assist with the production of reading material was donated by the Club. Over the years those inmates with eye care needs were attended by a club member and eye glasses donated. The Club is continuously committed to assisting with the social programmes of the Maximum Security Prison by donating a cash installment to provide materials and prizes for the cultural programmes and events during the year.
About the Rotary Club of Port of Spain
The Rotary Club of Port of Spain is the first Rotary Club established in Trinidad and Tobago and was chartered in 1957. Its charter members included some of the most prominent citizens of the country, representing a wide cross-section of society – a tradition that has been well maintained by its membership over its fifty-six year history.
The Club’s primary focus through the years has been to provide financial and organizational support to institutions responsible for the welfare of differently-abled and disadvantaged children, within but not limited to Port-of-Spain and its environs. It continuously strives to raise funds to assist a range of institutions and organizations – among them the Princess Elizabeth Centre, Goodwill Industries International, ESHE’S Learning Centre, the Mt. Hope Children’s Hospital and the Gordon Home for the Aged – most of which mirror the Club’s effort to maintain the overall welfare of children in T&T.
Concurrently, through an international grant successfully attained by the Club, a pioneering centre for people with disabilities was established in the form of the International Institute of Healthcare and Human Development (IIHHD). The primary goal of the IIHHD is to assist differently-abled citizens in achieving economic and social independence and promote public awareness and advocacy. With the Rotary Club of Port-of-Spain at the helm, IIHHD is now a consortium of various groups that work with the differently-abled through several unique initiatives to improve overall quality of life.
With the adoption of a new national policy requiring wheelchair-accessible street curbs, the Rotary Club of Port-of-Spain obtained an international grant to help meet these new requirements and to date is one of the few non-governmental organizations to fully undertake and successfully complete over 400 sidewalk ramps in T&T.
The Club also hosts the Annual Primary Schools’ Athletics Meet in Port of Spain better known as the “Rotary Games”. This event brings together over 800 primary school athletes for one day of healthy competition and is very popular and well supported by thousands of parents, school officials, administrators and many others. The Rotary Games has even attracted many past and current national athletes like Jehue Gordon to participate – a testament to its popularity and stature.
Among the Club’s most significant and proudest successes however has been its “Wheelchair Bus Service” for the physically challenged which assists many persons in and around the Port-of-Spain area daily.
Included in the Club’s latest endeavors is the commissioning and construction of several Children’s Learning & Activity Centres and Play Parks across Port of Spain and its environs. The first such project is geared for the community of Sea Lots.