International Projects

KIVA Loans

Micro-credit are small loans to subsistence and very small service businesses normally in third world countries. The Rotary Club of Salisbury (SA) believe in a hand up rather than a hand out.

Using the KIVA loans platform the club has funds invested in lots of small loans all over the world from poultry producers, small retailers, farmers, and community cooperatives. Many of the loans are to female leaders of homes.

The KIVA loans are repaid with a 95% success rate. The Rotary Club of Salisbury loans the money interest free. Repayments received are then loaned again.

Monitor Rotary Club of Salisbury’s KIVA lending here

Container of Hope – A strategic RAWCS project of Rotary Club of Salisbury

Container of Hope restores power in village in Burundi after 25 years

 Northern Messenger
CHRISTOPHER Moore says bringing back electricity to a village in Burundi that had been without power for 25 years is among his fondest memories of charity work.

Rebels had blown up the hydro-electric plant in Rweza and the villagers had no money to pay for a new power source.

Mr Moore said he set up the charity Container of Hope four years ago so he could help connect people in disadvantaged areas overseas with items that were no longer needed by businesses, charities and government agencies here.

“To get a generator was unbelievable to them,” Mr Moore says.

“You could tell by the smiles on their faces.

“They were thrilled to have power back.”

Container of Hope has sent goods worth millions of dollars to people desperately in need in countries such as Vanuatu, India, Uganda, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Each of them is filled with goods such as clothes, linen and medical equipment, but also more unusual items like a humidicrib and a four-wheel drive.

The Wynn Vale man’s work has been recognised with a nomination for News Corp Australia’s Pride of Australia medal in the Community Spirit category.

It started when Mr Moore’s wife Kerrie, who works at a nursing home in Paradise, told him about hospital beds that were going to be thrown away to make way for new ones.

At the time, he thought back to the conditions in hospitals the couple had visited in India as missionaries years before.

“Just compared to anything else I had seen, it was extremely primitive,” Mr Moore says.

Mr Moore got hold of a shipping container through a friend and then organised space at a warehouse in Edinburgh through Rotary’s Donations in Kind program.

Container of Hope has also been helped by donations from Mr Moore’s contacts as a financial planner and by members of the Rotary Club of Salisbury, where he is the membership director.

Mr Moore says he is motivated by his strong Christian beliefs.

Sometimes the most inspiring people live and work right beside us.

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2011 – Club Major International Project

The Rotary Club of Salisbury extends its resources to Fiji – Koroipita Village

A Rotary Australia World Community Service ( RAWCS ) Project

International Project – Project No. 23 Rotahomes Project, Koroipita Model Town (K2), Lautoka, Fiji
Team Members: Bob Gill, Brian Goodall, Peter Salamon, Rick Henke, Russell Green, Anthea Walker

Team Report:

Date: 4th September 2011 to 17th September 2011
Our team left Adelaide on Sunday 4th September bound for Fiji. We were met at the airport in Nadi by Peter Drysdale & Tom and taken to Peter’s home in Lautoka where we would be staying for the next two weeks. In all 10 people were being accommodated at Peter’s home, so this necessitated some team members using mattresses on the floor.

Each day we were taken out to the site (about a 10 minute drive) in the Model town’s truck. It certainly gave us an appreciation of our roads after travelling out to the site, on very ordinary roads, with lots of potholes and large rocks.

We started on the site on Monday 5th September. The base of our house (the stumps) was already laid, so we had to start by putting down the frame for the floor. The floorboards went down next and were affixed to the frame by hundreds of nails – all nails were done by hand – no nail guns. Whilst we were working on the floor, our foreman (Saten) and his helper worked on putting together the house framework.   The roof timbers were then put into place and the strapping affixed. Once this was completed the roofing iron was put on, and the painting of the interior of the house started. All the timber is arsenic coated so all inside walls had to be undercoated in white and then painted with two coats of green. Cladding was attached to two walls of the building. The cladding took quite a while to get put up and then had to be fixed to the framework – more nails. Once the cladding was in place the iron could be attached completing the walls.  Painting at this time shifted to painting the fascia boards for the house and the doors and windows (doors and windows first had to be made using flooring timber). The doors and windows were a bright yellow. Once the iron sheeting had been finished the window frames had to be fitted and painted and then the windows could be attached often having to adjust slightly the sizing on the spot as they did not quite fit. The doors could then be fitted. The last task was to build some steps and fit these to one of the doorways.

We finished our house in a little over five days which left us time to work on other tasks that needed doing around the site. A large hall had been constructed for the village called “The Big Hall” which was being officially opened in October so there were many jobs that still needed to be completed, Stage blocks needed to be built and painted, an old squatters cottage converted into a storage facility (the cottage required a new roof, windows and a door) and a 12v Solar panel system installed. By 4.00 pm on our last day we had managed to finish all these jobs with a little help from the Habitat for Humanity group who helped paint the stage blocks.

The ladies of the two villages provided lunch one day for the teams at a cost of $8.00 per person. It was a traditional lunch and was very appreciated by the teams. It also gave them the opportunity to have their wares on display for sale. The lunch was very nice and we requested a repeat the following week which made the ladies very happy, as it is extra income for them.

A lot of work is also being done by the town council who are working with the villages to improve their facilities and the people’s skills. They are currently developing a five year plan.
Participating in the project was a very rewarding experience and gave us the opportunity to get to know the people of the village and their way of life, in a way that you would not normally have the opportunity to experience. It also gave us a sense of accomplishment in what we had achieved.

Our team also had several health issues that sidelined a couple of our members. Russell Green had to return home early due to a problem with this back. Peter Salamon developed an infection in his legs that resulted in a stay in hospital on his return.

The team thoroughly enjoy the experience and would recommend this project to any club that is considering undertaking a RAWCS project.


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Jodie Darley