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The Grace Centre

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Financing

Documents

Photos

History Logs

Project Description

Region: Africa

Country: Zambia

Location: Kazungula

Total Budget: $141,812

Area of Focus: Economic and community development


Credit Card Fundraising

Fundraising Goal:

$10,000

Already Donated:

-

Still Needed:

$10,000

The project partners are seeking individual donations to bridge a funding gap. Please consider supporting this project with a credit card donation. To do this, click the "Donate Now" button below!


An Opportunity for Empowerment: A Rotary Global Grant

The Rotary clubs of Ventura, California and Livingstone, Zambia are initiating a global grant in Kazungula, Zambia. This project has the potential to change the cycle of despair, early marriage, and sexual abuse for generations of young girls.

We need other Rotary clubs to participate to make this grant a reality. Clubs and individuals can contribute any amount, and all contributions will count towards Paul Harris points. Please contact George J. Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Ventura by email at gjp@tribecacom.com or call 954-494-4387.

The Problem: A Slow River Crossing Which Causes Devastating Consequences for Young Girls

The only crossing between the Southern African country of Zambia and neighboring Botswana is in Kazungula. The Zambesi River flows between the two countries, and all vehicles must be carried over on a pontoon. Commercial trucks wait in a queue for up to 10 days, and during this time, many of them entice vulnerable young girls to "entertain" them. This is much easier than it should be in an extremely impoverished town with a history of sexual abuse and child marriage. With no source of income in their families, many girls and young women become victims of this sexual abuse.

The Solution: A Global Grant for

The Grace Centre

Prominent civic leaders in nearby Livingstone, Zambia, a tourist destination, have already taken action. They've identified 3 vocations where trained young women can find employment—tailoring, computer work, and food preparation. They formed an NGO and opened The Grace Centre to provide counseling, training, and in select cases, funds for secondary school education.

The founders have ambitious goals, but they were only able to solicit enough funds from individual donors to build the facilities and get the tailoring program started, which has now enrolled 30 young girls and women.

For The Grace Centre to become a reality, additional operating funds are now required.

Once the funds are acquired, The Grace Centre should become self-sufficient within 3 years. The center will generate revenues by employing graduates to create tailored goods, operate an on-premise restaurant, and provide catered meals.

What the Global Grant will Provide

• The equipment, building modifications and furniture to begin operations

• Funds to operate the training programs for

3 years

Primary Host Partner

District: 9210

Rotary Club of: Livingstone

Primary Contact: Paula Van Zyl

Email: paula.winland@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5240

Rotary Club of: Ventura

Primary Contact: George Poulakos

Email: gjp@tribecacom.com

Project Status

Need $61,408
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
Click here to pledge support for this project.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1866010.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Livingstone (9210)

25-Mar-18

$100

$10,000

$10,100

Ventura (5240)

25-Mar-18

$5,000

-

$5,000

Newbury Park (5240)

25-Mar-18

$3,500

-

$3,500

Ojai West (5240)

25-Mar-18

$2,000

-

$2,000

Ojai (5240)

25-Mar-18

$500

-

$500

Thousand Oaks (5240)

25-Mar-18

$1,000

-

$1,000

Malibu (5280)

25-Mar-18

$100

-

$100

Moorpark (5240)

25-Mar-18

$500

-

$500

Santa Paula (5240)

25-Mar-18

$100

-

$100

Montecito (5240)

30-Mar-18

$1,000

-

$1,000

Solvang (5240)

10-Jun-18

$5,000

-

$5,000

Simi Sunset (5240)

10-Jun-18

$500

-

$500

Redondo Beach (5280)

10-Jun-18

$500

-

$500

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$61,408

-

$61,408

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

$40,604

$10,000

$50,604

Total

$141,812

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents


[25-Mar-18]
Draft


[10-Jun-18]
Global Grant


[10-Jun-18]
Global Grant Application


[25-Mar-18]
Global Grant Draft

Project Photos

History Log Entries

25-Mar-18

System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $3,500 by Dana Moldovan of the Rotary Club of Newbury Park, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by Mike Caldwell of the Rotary Club of Ojai West, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Mike Weaver of the Rotary Club of Ojai, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by John Bradley of the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Allan Mannheim of the Rotary Club of Malibu, District 5280.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by Allan Mannheim of the Rotary Club of Malibu, District 5280.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Jim Lewis of the Rotary Club of Moorpark, District 5240.

25-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $100 by John Chamberlain of the Rotary Club of Santa Paula, District 5240.

30-Mar-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Harlan Green of the Rotary Club of Montecito, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Solvang, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunset, District 5240.

10-Jun-18

by George Poulakos

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by George Poulakos of the Rotary Club of Redondo Beach, District 5280.

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