from The Rotary Club of Halifax North West
Welcome to the monthly newsletter from the Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest, where we share the club’s and Rotary’s news and activities with the communities we serve. This issue is about our club’s current involvement in various community projects.
We Rotarians call ourselves “People of Action”. In many instances, we provide the funds so that beneficiary organizations can take action within the community to support people at risk or to support the many services that they provide. That said, we occasionally like to roll up our sleeves, get out in the community and get physically involved in “sweat equity” projects.
A recent example of a physical project in which our club has been involved is with the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield. The mission of the Society is to “curate and celebrate the agricultural heritage of Spryfield and provide a common ground for people who want to grow food, connect with their community and develop practical knowledge”. The Society runs a Come Grow With Us program by providing garden beds for community members to grow their own vegetables and teach children that groceries don’t grow in grocery stores. Our club recently heard that the garden beds were in disrepair. The Society provided the materials with the funds donated by the club, and we organized a work party of club members and students from J.L. Ilsley High School to rebuild the bed frames – just in time for the new growing season.
Pathways to Progress Nicaragua (p2pnicaragua.org) is an example of projects to which our club donates funds. Pathways to Progress is helping dozens of children living in poverty in the cities of Managua and Leon, Nicaragua, achieve real academic success and fulfil their hope, and the hope of their families, for a better future. In 2019 our club embarked on a multi-year project to fund a child’s education in Managua. We “adopted” a then 7-year old third grade girl named Katherine by committing to fund her education at the Instuto Loyola through to her graduation. The school is a private, well respected Jesuit school in the centre of Managua, where academic standards are high. Katherine is excelling in her studies. We couldn’t be more proud of Katherine!
Rotary is all about Service Above Self. These and many of our club projects reflect our commitment to doing what we can to help our community, whether local or international – one project at a time.
Rotary Club of Halifax Northwest welcomes everyone to explore community service with us! We pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive – and we’re friendly! We currently meet virtually every Tuesday from 1145 to 1 pm. at Freeman’s on Dutch Village Road in Fairview. For more information contact Roger Chiasson at rogerchiasson305@gmail. com or 782 234 9408.
Photo credits to: https://www.p2pnicaragua.org/