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year the Board of Directors calls for proposals for small community
Here is the report of one of the recipients of the Phase 2 Community Grants.
The recipient of
the $500 CSG funds was Piet Van
School. Piet Van School serves 75
extremely poor children living in one of the slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most
students live in very unstable situations. Many are orphans, or have been
rejected by their families. Many spend the afternoons and evenings begging in a
busy intersection nearby.
volunteer, Leni Hester, visited one of the students in her home, to try to
understand the daily circumstances of Piet Van students.
Piet Van School
regularly receives donations of healthy snacks, milk and hot meals from a local
voluntary organization called Thrive. The purpose of the grant was to purchase
a refrigerator to help preserve food donations and cooking supplies, thereby
ensuring food safety and freshness for the children. Funds also purchased a
voltage stabilizer (because power fluctuations and service disruptions are
frequent in Dhaka) a power strip, and stickers to place on the refrigerator to
acknowledge Rotary eClub One and Thrive.
are now kept in a clean and hygienic space, thereby allowing students to focus
on their studies and receive nourishing, nutritious food donations from Thrive,
Rotary eClub One
was the sole funder of the refrigerator. However, Thrive volunteers and board
members contributed to making sure the grant funds were spent properly, and
that the refrigerator was delivered and installed properly. THRIVE has made a
long-term commitment to supporting Piet Van School with nutritious snacks and
meals, and with hygiene education and supplies.
member Rotary eClub One