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Mary's Meals and Primary Schools in Malawi

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 5th November was Past President Duncan Hamlett from Lunesdale Rotary Club.  For many years he has been involved with the charity, ‘Mary’s Meals’ and has been organising fundraising featuring a request for a Global Grant from Rotary. 

This has been a long drawn out process which has now finally come to fruition.  The project , working with a local Rotary Club in Malawi, was to build a number of pre-schools in the south of the country.  There are now 15 brand new centres catering for 3000 children, many HIV positive, who are provided with two meals a day.

The project is still ongoing and the aim is continue fundraising and to fully equip the centres.

District Governor's Visit

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 22nd October was Mary Bradley, the Rotary District Governor for the North West who came to talk to the club about their achievements in the previous year and highlighted the aims and challenges for the year ahead.

The push to complete Polio Eradication will continue now that we are so close to finishing the project.

Mary’s own project is to support the ‘ShelterBox’ charity and a cheque was given to her to purchase one immediately.

Kendal People's Cafe

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 15th October was Gillian Cowburn who gave a presentation on her involvement with the ‘Kendal People’s Café’. She explained the objects and aims of the charity and how it all began about 18 months ago. 

The café, which is based in ‘The Foyer', on Blackhall Road receives waste food from various sources in and around Kendal which is made into meals which are then served to customers .  The customers then ‘Pay as they Can’ which may be nothing or they can give a donation they can afford. 

The charity now receives food from many supermarkets, wholesalers and food outlets to which they are extremely grateful.  The charity only provides meals for the needy but saves good food from being dumped into landfill - a win/win situation.

Rotary Peace Scholars

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The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 1st October was one of their own members, Angie Biggs, who gave a presentation detailing the role of Rotary Peace Scholars.

There are only six universities worldwide offering Peace Fellowships on ‘Peace and Conflict Resolution (Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and Thailand and USA).  The Department of Peace Studies at Bradford is the largest in the world and offers several master’s degrees and is one of the most popular. 

In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,000 fellows for careers in peacebuilding. Many of them are serving as leaders at international organizations or have started their own foundations.

Amasango School in South Africa

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The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary Club on 24th September were Linda Ngamlama and Martin Coombs.  Linda is the Principal at ‘Amasango’ School in Grahamstown, South Africa and Martin is a trustee and volunteer. 

They gave a presentation telling the story of the school and how it caters for the extreme poor.  As a special, needs school, it provides an education which encompasses the normal curriculum as well as many other vocational and non-vocational subjects.

The children (called learners) are given porridge and bread, peanut butter and jam for breakfast and provided with a cooked meal at lunchtime. (More info at www.amasango.org.uk)