Rotary International District Governor (D9101) Mr. Antonio Rocha visited Sierra Leone for five days to meet with local Rotarians and visit Rotary projects locally.
The District Governor is from Cape Verde and is responsible for Rotary Clubs in ten countries in West Africa including Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde.
During his visit with the Rotary Club of Freetown, he visited the Peanut Butter Project where Ready to Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) is manufactured for distribution to malnourished children. Rotary Club of Freetown seeks to support the project by providing a grinding machine and inputs to help increase production.
The Rotary Club also presented 22 scholarships to Senior Secondary Schools eleven students from eleven schools. These students have been benefitting from these awards annually for the past four years.
Mr. Rocha was accompanied by the Assistant Governor, Mrs. Sheila John and other Rotarians to Rotary Clubs in Bo and Makeni. In Bo, a special visit was made to the Bo Children’s Hospital; a 100% Rotary Club project of the Bo Club, Rotary Club of Turramurra, Sydney, Australia and Rotary Club of Bournemouth, Eastcliff, United Kingdom. This hospital caters for under-five children on an almost cost-free basis; in-patient and out-patient and has an incubator, pharmacy and a full time Resident Doctor.
The team met with community people in various villages where borehole water wells have been provided under the Water is Life Project. So far 71 wells have been completed. There are plans to do another 12.
Special visit was made to the first borehole in Masuba village in the SafrokoLimba Chiefdom and other sites at Kamoria, Rogbere, Makoth in the Bombali District, and New London in Bo.
The District Governor and team had audiences with the Mayor of Bo, Mayor of Makeni, the District Council Chairmen and the UNICEF Country Representative in Freetown.
By Abibatu Kamara
Wednesday October 02, 2013