October 1, 2013
Three thousand miles away, yet part of our world. Leaders of tomorrow are growing up in a dangerous environment and Cornerstone Alliance, in partnership with the Lima Rotary, wants to make a positive impact.
Escuela Mizata is a small school located in the town of La Libertad, El Salvador. It is located in an area that is filled with gang members. To prevent students from becoming part of these gangs, the Lima Rotary Club wants to improve the school’s facilities by encouraging students to play sports and improving their educational experience by providing food and proper facilities.
Our goal is to add (CLICK HERE for the first report, including pictures):
- A soccer/basketball court
- A basketball court
- A kitchen and mess hall
Plans are being finalized for the San Salvador 3000 event to be held in the Center Court of the Lima Mall on Saturday, October 26th, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This event is meant to increase public awareness of the Lima Rotary International Service activities. Rotary International is the oldest and largest service club in the world with more than 32,000 clubs worldwide. The Lima Rotary Club was formed in 1915 and international service has been a key focus for Rotary since its founding.
Lima Rotary was recently informed that $14,680.00 was being forwarded to the Club Rotario San Salvador Maquilishuat to fully fund the rehabilitation of the kitchen and restrooms at the Mizata School in La Libertad, El Salvador. The growth of gangs is causing issues throughout El Salvador. The rehabilitation of the school, along with the construction of boundary walls to enclose a playground, will allow the students to attend classes and minimize their contact with gang elements. Each Rotary International project is a cooperative effort between a host club – in this case, the Club Rotario San Salvador Maquilishuat – and an International Partner Club: the Lima Rotary Club.
The Lima Mall event is an opportunity to share the many international service activities in which the Lima Rotary is involved with the Lima community. In cooperation with the Lima YMCA, four stationary bikes will be set up in the Center Court of the Mall. The Club hopes to pedal a total of 3,000 miles – the distance from Lima, OH to San Salvador, El Salvador – in a series of competitions between businesses and organizations to be held throughout the day. In addition to the two-person teams representing various organizations for bragging rights about who can pedal farther in ten minutes on a stationary bike, the general public will have the opportunity to participate in the world’s largest advertisement.
For many years the number one priority for Rotary International has been to eradicate polio. If we would put a measurement to this endeavor, the world is “within inches” of successfully eradicating a disease that – only a few decades ago – crippled the lives of many. During the San Salvador 3000 event on October 26th, YOU can be part of the “We Are This Close…” initiative to END POLIO NOW for only a dollar. Plan to join others in walking the red carpet, going in front of the lights, and showing the world that you care about how close we are to eradicating polio – and you want to be involved.
Plan to join us!
We look forward to seeing you at the Lima Mall on October 26th.