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Screen_Shot_2014-03-06_at_8.19.14_PMRotary International is an organization that supports global projects such as eradication of polio and education. Here at home Rotary Clubs mainly support projects that benefit the local community. Further up North, in the Corozal District, the first Rotary Club was established in 1974. Since then the club has done their fair share of community service assisting the community.

In a most recent initiative, the Corozal Rotary Club issued 49 Panasonic Though Book laptops to seven primary schools.

Earl Johnston – President Corozal Rotary

“Mr. Frank he was a part time resident in Corozal has talked to a Canadian company and they had agreed to donate these computers here and actually he has donated seven, for seven schools that I have to go back and look for the list, but these are donated to the primary schools and we give at least five to each primary school that they can get internet if they don’t already have internet connection so these a basic computers so they can learn computer skills and they are internet capable so they can connect to the internet and can do homework and stuff for their computer labs.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Now, these particular schools that you have mentioned and that have received these laptops, how beneficiary are it going to be for them apart from the internet service?”

Earl Johnston – President Corozal Rotary

“It is almost impossible to work in business these days if you don’t have computer skills, at least basic computer skills, so if you know how to work the computer or how to handle data, look up things and everything so if the school isn’t capable of teaching the students how to do their education is going to be severely limited and we are trying to remedy that.”

The schools that have benefited of this initiative are Escuela Mexico and schools in Conception, San Antonio and Copper Bank. According to Johnston, there are plans to bring in more of the computers into the country as part of the project.

Earl Johnston – President Corozal Rotary

“We are trying to raise money, isn’t that always the case, it costs about US$45 per computer to bring it in and put in a USB adopter and give it a mouse, check it out and get it shipped here and get the duty and the environmental tax paid so we need to raise those funds and we have the commitment for another 150 computer if we can raise the money to bring those here.”

Victor Castillo – Reporter

“Is there a plan of action as to how these monies will be raised, have you approached the different schools that if they are interested that they can find some money to assist in getting these laptops here in the country?”

Earl Johnston – President Corozal Rotary

“Most of the schools are hard pressed for funds, what we are trying to do is within Rotary to get various Rotary Clubs to commit to this project, actually Mr. Frank is in the process of contacting that proposing , you actually have to have a formal proposal to the Rotary club on what you want to do and how much is that going to cost and what benefit if it going to be so that is the process.”

Presently the Corozal Rotary Club is also engaged in a project that sees the distribution of water filters in schools and rural areas across the Corozal District.

Earl Johnston – President Corozal Rotary

“Yes we have an ongoing process which should be coming to an end soon, the water filters has already been distributed to all schools in Belize but now we are distributing to individual families, initially only the families in the village that didn’t have pipe water, we have almost all of those villages taking care of now except the ones we still can’t get to and so we have a few filters left over so we are talking to some of the different village heads in villages where we know that they have pipe water but it isn’t chlorinated or isn’t good so we are looking to reship it we have about 100 to 131 filters, we ask for a donation of $5 for the replacement one for those filters would cost about $140 to $150 if they were to buy them.”

The Rotary Club in Corozal Town consists of 11 members.

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