Our Club has been approached by Sidon Orphan Welfare Society, which is the biggest orphan and special needs house in Saida(Lebanon) and its suburbs, for a basic project that they need to execute and are waiting for some funding source. All the details are attached here within.
It is a huge project that serves 2 Rotary Avenues of Service - Community Service and Vocational Service- of course in addition to the Public Relations which we will work around intensively. Not to mention the Peace where some clubs will be united and involved in such a beneficiary project.
All the details are clearly present in the attachment and in a summariezed PPP; however, in brief it is as follows:
The cooking unit has been in use since the late 1980ís and is used each day for an average of 9 hours. It is diesel operated and consists of a rectangular burner plate (2.05*4.70) which is placed over eight ovens. The unit presents several problems including the following:
- The cooking pots used have a capacity of 80 liters and are being lifted, moved and unloaded manually by the staff which is causing back, neck and shoulder injuries as well as burns and scalds.
- The temperature is not adjustable and so the food in the pots needs to be stirred frequently exposing the staff to hot steam.
- The unit height is not adjustable to the height of the staff and the depth of the pots does not enable the easy control and handling of work.
The four dishwashers have been in use since the 1980ís and have become worn out. Three of them emit electrical circuits when in operation and are no more being used to avoid any risk of electrical shock. Today only one is in operation however its capacity is not enough for the quantities of objects that need to be washed and it also runs the risk of causing electrical shock to the persons working with it.
Attached are photos of the cooking unit and dishwashers currently used.
Beneficiaries: More than 700 students from the different sections of the association are indirect beneficiaries receiving their daily meals at the associationís kitchen. The students include orphans and children with living parents and families who are going through financial and social problems.The direct beneficiaries from the project are 15 employees working at the school kitchen and 19 students ages 14-18 enrolled at the cooking class of the Vocational Training Center.
- Purchase and fit new cooking units and a dishwasher in the association's kitchen
- Reduce potential health and safety hazards
- Increase work efficiency and decrease energy consumption
- Meet the requirements of the curricula upgrades and enhancements
- Give students access to a well equipped kitchen that will help them gain improved practical skills that are required by the job market.