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August 2012
“New Zealand Rotarians, acting globally”
Tongan Solar Power Pilot Commences
After careful planning, a one year pilot Solar Photovoltaic project commenced in
June 2012, involving five high schools in Tonga, in order to assess the feasibility
of a national programme.
Tonga has 36 inhabited islands, with expensive diesel generators as the main
source of electricity everywhere. Compared to diesel generation, solar power will
lower the cost of electricity while increasing its availability and reliability. Schools
are an obvious choice for solar power systems, combining available roof space for
the solar array and local electricity demand for school services, which increasingly
involves educational technology. Cheaper electricity will enable schools to more
easily access energy dependent information and communication technologies.
The five systems are fail-safe, will continuously produce electricity and so are
connected to the local grid for export outside school hours. On-grid solar systems
avoid the cost and limited life of battery storage. The predicted life of the solar
panels is 20-25 years.
The installation of energy technology on its own is not enough - there have been
numerous examples of failed technology in under-developed nations due to
inadequate local support. This project includes the transfer of relevant and
necessary information and expertise to maintain the equipment. A significant
educational component is also included, so that the technology will become the
focus of school study.
The potential for this project first came to Rotary’s attention through 9970 District
Governor Gordon Hooper, and the project is a collaboration between
Rotary NZ,
EcoCARE Pacific Trust, University of Canterbury College of Engineering, the
Tongan Ministry of Education and Tonga Power Limited. The pilot installations
were carried out by University of Canterbury supervised postgraduate students
and local Tongan labour overseen by Rotarians competent in design and
installation of such systems. The
Rotary Club of Nuku’alofa is taking a keen
interest in the outcomes and impact for future such projects.
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Fiji Times reports
Rotary assistance…
Rotary Fiji has reached out to a
Laqere family in Nasinu
The kind gesture has been a timely
one to the Rusivale family as they
received an emergency response kit
(ERK) from the Rotary Pacific
Emergency coordinator Bob Niranjan on
Monday.The emergency kit contains
basic tools like knives, first aid kit,
mosquiot nets and a few other items. Mr
Niranjan said their help came a week
after the Rusivale family home was
burned down. He said the kit would at
least give some comfort and assistance
since the lost property cannot be
replaced as it was.
Laisiasa Rusivale said they really
appreciate the help from Rotary.
"Thank you Rotary for your initiative,
this will certainly boost the morale of
my family to start off again," he said.
Mr Rusivale said the fire started from
an unattended mosquito coil in an
adjacent flat. The fire engulfed the
wooden three flats but no one was
RNZWCS Directory 2012/2013
Chairman Tony Fortune
Administrator Stuart Batty
9910 Merv Huxford
9920 Roger Harvey
9930 Brian Burrough
9940 Martin Garcia
9970 Greg Husband
9980 John Angus
Newsletter editor John Walsh – charity no. CC26860
Richmond Rotary Club project in Aitutaki
On 8 June 2012 a project team of 16 Richmond Rotarians and some partners
packed their bags with tools, plumbing equipment and a wide range of school
supplies and headed off to the small island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands to
spend a week at Vaitau Primary School undertaking long overdue maintenance
and repairing damage caused by Cyclone Pat in February 2010.
The project was the concept of Past Presidents
David Ludbrook and Pip Berkett
who encouraged club members to respond to an appeal for assistance received
from Vaitau Primary School Principal Ingrid Stewart, formerly of Richmond. The
school was established in 1964 and, with the population of Aitutaki having
declined from over 5,000 to around 1,200 today, the school now caters for only 80
students and it had not had any significant maintenance since 2006.
Most of the project team departed Nelson very early on a Friday morning,
reaching Aitutaki the same day and being enthusiastically met by members of the
School Committee, teaching staff, parents and members of the local community.
Work commenced the following day and continued through the duration of the
stay, with Sunday being the only day off - all work stops in Aitutaki that day and
many of the team attended a service at the Arutanga CICC church where they
were very warmly greeted and treated to some truly superb island style singing.
The team completed all planned projects successfully, including; a major upgrade
of the plumbing system, tiling of the toilet block, construction of a covered area
and installation of a drinking fountain and basins for hand washing and teeth
cleaning, installation of playground equipment (slide, swing, netball hoops) and
construction of a large framed sandpit. The children previously cleaned their teeth
at a tap on an undrained area. In addition to assisting with construction activities,
female members of the team also spent a lot of time sorting out and organising
the school library and resource room, which were a complete shambles after
cyclone Pat. They also put in a large vegetable garden under the leadership of
Beryl Wilkes. Unscheduled jobs included the construction of a bike stand and of
trestle stands for painting and other activities, painting walls and demolishing a
large internal wall and its concrete foundation to make a large classroom for the
junior pupils.
Members of the team started to tire from the heat by mid afternoon each day but
all said it was a truly rewarding experience and well worth the effort. The people
on the Island don't have much but were extremely generous in sharing what they
had and looked after our group extremely well. The kids were just great, very
happy and content and keen to help. Team members got great pleasure from
seeing them using their new netball hoops and other playground equipment with
much laughter and exuberance.
The farewell function for the team included singing by the children, speeches from
the deputy mayor and other officials, much praying and tears all followed by a
superb breakfast of island fruits and food prepared by the ‘Mommas’. Team
members were each presented with a beautiful hand printed pareu (sarong), worn
by both men and women, shell necklaces, and brushes cleverly crafted from the
fronds of coconut palms - the items were made for us by the school children and
will serve as a reminder of a most enjoyable and memorable visit amongst
wonderful people.
Pip, Sandra and Paige make a start in the library
Down it comes for repair
Up goes the covered ablutions area
President Chris and Herrie carried out
extensive tiling in the toilets that the locals
believe is superior to any tiling on the island!
Past President Ray with plumbing assistant
Playing with the new hoops. – charity no. CC26860
Kondiki Milk Processing Plant leaps a century-wide technology gap
Our July 2011 newsletter reported that funding had been approved for a “pasteurizer, separator, homogenizer, generator,
chiller units, a couple of cheese vats etc” project, which Past District Governor
Geoff Mathis and PDG Stuart Batty
(RNZWCS) had scoped up to improve the lot of farmers in the Mwika area of Tanzania. Geoff and Stuart returned to
Mwika in June this year to see the project completed, and our story continues…
Mwika is a cluster of 10 villages on the north eastern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. For about four generations or more,
coffee has been the main cash crop there - animals (one or two cows, goats or pigs) being kept for meat and manure. Milk
was an incidental by-product for home consumption, occasionally to be sold to neighbours for a few extra cents. It was
never seen as an income generator, so cows giving as little as one or two litres of milk a day bothered no one.
A small milk processing plant opened in Kondiki in 1999, giving farmers an
opportunity to sell milk regularly and in larger quantities. The plant was batch
operated - fifty litre canisters of milk were manually lowered into bubbling boiling
water, heated by firewood. After pasteurizing, the canisters were heaved out and
placed under running cold water to cool; a backbreaking and risky operation. Even
then the plant operated below capacity - not enough milk was being produced in
Enter the Dairy Cow Revolving Credit scheme, initiated in 2008 and partly funded
by Rotary NZ, and commencing with 85 high-yielding Fresian heifers. As the funds
revolved, more farmers purchased cows but the buildup of cow population was
painfully slow - 5 years into the project, the GOOD dairy cow population was
barely 300.
Then Geoff Mathis, a dairy farmer, visited Mwika two years ago with Stuart Batty
How pasteurising used to be done,
manhandling 50-litre containers into boiling
water over a wood-fired stove
and they were hosted by local farmers. Geoff’s immediate observations included:
A cow that yields only 2 litres of milk a day takes up as much space, eats almost as much, and demands as much
labour as a high-yielding one.
A milking cow needs unlimited access to good clean drinking water – not just half a bucket a day!
Feed cows green, leafy foliage; more water and better nutrition; Not dry maize stalk, long stalky dry elephant grass
and hay!!
Geoff’s host’s cows, typical of Mwika, drove home the point - changing their diet from dry hay to green leafy feeds alone
raised their daily milk output from 7.5 to 10 ltrs a day while Geoff was there! On his recent visit in June, from 20 to 23 litres
in a matter of days. The host’s farm has more than trebled its milk production in two years – a fantastic effort and goes to
show what can be done with simple guidance and support. At farmer 's request, 1000 booklets on simple “Modern farming
practices” was written in Swahili and flown over (98 kgs, free of charge by Emerate Ailines). Geoff was also staggered to
see milk delivered to milk collection points in detergent containers and paint tins. Through Rotary NZ fundraising he
subsequently sent 190 five and ten litre stainless steel milk cans to Tanzania to be their “milk tanker “ equivalent.
Assisted by the Kondiki Plant raising its purchase price from 300 shillings (NZ$0.40) to 600 shillings (NZ$0.80) per litre
over 3 years, milk intake rose from 350 litres to more than 800 litres per day, and the plant hit its maximum capacity.
As we reported in July 2011, an application for
funding to modernize the plant was approved
and the plant has now a huge leap over a
century-wide technology gap.
A 500 litres per hour processing plant was
installed in June. Pasteurized milk is now
processed to the highest quality, packaged in
250 gram plastic pouches, butter has been
made, and cheese and Ghee is now being
An automated plant in a remote rural area of
Tanzania, where skilled labour is scarce and
general education level low, is an ambitious
undertaking. The villagers were mesmerized by
the sight of gleaming stainless steel pipes that
wind about, mysteriously ferrying milk from one
tank to another, cooling in some, heating to
pasteurize in another, automatically filling
packages. They could not fathom that what used
to take a whole day the new plant will process in
one and a half hours.
How pasteurising is done now, thanks to Rotary NZ and others
At Geoff 's initiative, the Kondiki Dairy has a new ownership structure - approx. 35% the Diosese (church) and 65%
farmers. A new board of directors has been elected, including 3 women among the 7. A Food Technologist has been
employed from Kenya to manage the new milk plant and already their focus is to supply milk to the 24 primary and 5
secondary schools in the area. Orders are flowing! – charity no. CC26860
Tanzanian Rotarians to speak at 9930 and 9970 District conferences
Chairman of the Mwika Development Trust Fund,
Dr Sadikiel Kimaro, and his wife Young will visit New Zealand next
year to present to the 9930 and 9970 district conferences, reporting on past projects undertaken in partnership with Rotary
NZ in Tanzania and to outline opportunities for future projects.
Born the youngest of 6 children on a coffee farm in Mwika, on the slopes
of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Dr. Kimaro visited the U.S. on the Afro-
American scholarship programme in 1960, attending college in St. Paul,
Minneapolis, and gaining an MA from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in
economics from Binghamton University. In 1971 he commenced work
with the International Monetary Fund, which took him to almost all
countries on the African continent and to the Caribbean. In 1990 he was
a visiting scholar with the Brookings’ Institute in Washington DC where
his area of focus was on conflict resolution. Upon retiring from the IMF he
served briefly as economic advisor to the then President of Tanzania until
2005. Since then he has devoted full time to community development as
a Rotarian and as chairman of the Mwika Development Trust Fund,
where he has directed the dairy farming improvement projects outlined
Mrs Young Kimaro
was similarly born the youngest of 6 children, in Seoul, Korea. She attended school in the UK, has a
BA in political science from Yonsei University, Korea, and studied African politics at Binghamton University before joining
the World Bank in 1972. Her career with the World Bank, spanned from strategizing development assistance, education
projects, and moderating quality review panels for World Bank operations. Upon retiring from the World Bank, for 7 years
she wrote a weekly column “Development with Commonsense” in the Daily News, a national newspaper in Tanzania. Now
she devotes full time to community development for Mwika Development Trust Fund (MWIDEFU) and as a Rotarian.
See for additional details.
Wanted: two more preschools for Fiji
Rotary NZ is partnering with the
Rotary Club of Taveuni, Fiji to
establish two more preschools in on the islands of Rabi and
Kioa, following the construction of many similar preschools over
the past decade.
The design of each school is the same and they are built on
land provided by the local community. This project will provide
preschool education for 120 children in the two island
communities, to create long term socio-economic benefits for
the children and their communities.
Alongside the physical infrastructure, the project will build the
skills needed for the two local women’s Pre-School
Management Committees, help four women become qualified
as Early Childhood Educators, and ten young people gain
valuable employment experience and skills.
District 9920 has approved a grant from its District Designated Fund and an appeal has gone out to District 9970 clubs
requesting support from their individual club DDFs. Rotary NZ’s donation will support a major contribution from non Rotary
donors. Rotary clubs wishing to participate should contact Roger Harvey 9920 or PDG Stuart Batty 9970.
Water projects
seeking sponsors…
Rotary NZ regularly receives
requests from Tanzanian Rotary
clubs seeking support for installation
of rainwater harvesting systems in
schools and communities. The
projects are managed by local Rotary
clubs who have partnered with many
New Zealand Rotary clubs over the
past 15 years. Stuart Batty would be
pleased to hear from any club or
Rotarian wishing to sponsor such
vital projects. Non-Rotarians are also
contributing to a number of these
projects through donations to Rotary
New Zealand. – charity no. CC26860
Savaii Primary School Library Project 2012
To improve literacy, between 2009 and 2011 the
Rotary Clubs of Apia,
Ashburton, Woollongong
and Drury and Ranfurly Libraries established libraries
at 8 primary schools in Samoa. At each school a suitable room was renovated,
furnished with shelves, stocked with books, and designated as a “Rotary library’.
At the time this project started, resources in most rural primary schools were very
limited and books were scarce. Although this effort was commendable, it was a
slow process reaching so few students in 3 years. Accordingly, an ambitious plan
to cover all primary schools in Samoa (163 schools and 39,144 students) in a
relatively short period of time was the brainchild of Ashburton Rotarian
Van Der Kley
In November 2011 a scoping team from
Rotary Ashburton and Rotary Apia
visited all primary schools on the outer island of Savaii. The scoping team
identified that church-owned schools were well equipped but the 48 government
primary schools needed help to varying degrees. Plans were put in place for
Savaii to become Phase 1 of the library fast-track project, involving 48 schools
and 10,000+ students on Savaii. The remaining 115 primary schools and (29,314
students) would be tackled in 2013.
The scoping visit revealed that some schools did not have bookcases, while
others had substandard bookcases including borer activity visible on the locally
constructed shelves. It was decided to provide each school with new bookcases each with five shelves using H3 NZ oil
treated timber, equating to 5 linear metres of book area.
The materials were supplied pre-cut from NZ and flat packed for container transportation to Samoa, off loaded in Apia and
trucked to Savaii via the inter-Island ferry. All shelves were assembled, delivered and either attached to the wall or set up
as free standing units to fit the size of the room or specific needs, on the basis of 1 book shelf per 50 students. Each
bookcase carries a metal plaque displaying the Rotary wheel.
280 boxes of books and resources were donated by the
Rotary Clubs of Rotorua and Geelong-Broadmeadows and by
Ranfurly Library. It was planned to deliver books on the basis of 1 box per 25 students, but this was varied according to
the current stock at each school. There were not have enough books to cover the last 6 schools and books will be
delivered to these schools soon.
The project was completed in late July 2012 when 6 Rotarians from
Ashburton Plains clubs, 3 from Apia club and 10 local workers assembled in
Savaii and commenced constructing shelves and delivering the shelves and
books to the 48 primary schools. Additionally, some resources were also delivered
to 4 kindergartens and 2 Colleges (Secondary level books and projectors). Also
attending was a reporter from the Ashburton Guardian, who documented the
project in photos and despatched daily articles to the Ashburton Guardian.
The team of local workers was hosted by a family at Lalomalava for the early
portion of the project and by the Mayor of Sasina village for the later portion. The
workers were presented with a tool that they had been working with, by the NZ
Rotarians, in the hope that they will continue sharpening the skills learned from
this project to enable them to pursue a career. This gesture was received with big
smiles and great enthusiasm.
The Rotarians involved met their own costs, and thanks are also due to Hyundai
(free vehicle usage), Hirepool Samoa, Silva Transport, and the Savaiian Hotel and
Paul Cafferelli for their Rotary-friendly rates.
school children with books delivered by the team
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