The Sydney City Rotaract Club has a ‘Sister Club’ in the Philippines; The Rotaract Club of Paradiso QC.
In September 2011 Carl Charlier, President and Laura D’Alessandri, International Service Director visited them. The purpose of the trip was to visit the Literacy program which the Sydney City Rotaract Club supports and to provide our Sister Club with resources to assist with the running of that program.
The Literacy Program, Project BBLISS (Beginning and Basic Literacy Integrated Support Services) is run by our Sister Club to assist in supporting children who are facing difficulty with grasping basic literacy skills and need additional support than which is offered in the public school system. Our Sister Club tells us that in the Philippines it is not uncommon for class sizes to be in excess of 150 students per teacher. Our Sister Club has seen real results from the project and are in the process of rolling it out to other areas.
Carl and Laura delivered books, stationary and other resources to the children beneficiaries of the project and assisted in teaching a class. We are very grateful to support of the Rotary Club of Sydney Cover for their general donation in support of this project. As a Club we should be proud to be part of the project which is making a real difference to the literacy levels of the children.
During the stay our Sister Club showed Carl and Laura to sights of their city, taught them their history and allowed them to experience their culture. They were also able to attend a Club meeting. We hope to continue to support this project and if any members are travelling to the Philippines please make sure you visit our close friends there. Please email [email protected] for further details.