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Last Meeting: Ross & Anna Barber
Despite the disconcerting title Anna Barber and her father, Ross, gave a fascinating and appealing address on their work in Africa. Anna and her husband Felito run a Centre of Hope for the Africa on Fire Mission. Anna is currently residing in New Zealand following the birth of her son but normally she and her husband run a Mission for 250 orphaned children in Southern Mozambique. Felito is now running it by himself but Anna hopes to be able to return there soon. The Mission includes a Bible College, school, and agricultural trading centre, and also provides a feeding programme three times a week for 300 children.
Ross explained the background to the Mission's work with some alarming facts. After gaining independence from their Portuguese colonial master the country had its "obligatory" civil war but is now an independent liberal Islamic country. It has some cities, but the rural areas can be very undeveloped and poor, where the people live by subsistence farming and suffer from famines every three or four years. There are about 280,000 aids orphans in their part of Mozambique, and a shortage of young fit men as most go off to work in the mines in South Africa. The people have a hard life: there is real poverty and hunger and little surplus to survive the famines. With little money for food there is often none left for clothing and children often have to wear hand me downs through several cycles.
One unpleasant side effect is that young girls have no underclothes and are vulnerable to casual rape, which is almost condoned. Anna hopes that by providing underclothes for the girls they will be less readily" accessible". She is therefore trying to send over as many underclothes as she can. (She is also collecting wedding dresses to be re-cut and adjusted as the local girls value a formal outfit for their wedding.
The Mission has 6,000 acres of land and is developing 5 hectares for arable and vegetable farming, training and using local people to do so. Anna and her husband also have plans to plant cashew nut trees on 2,000 of their acres.
We were fascinated by Ross and Anna's accounts and impressed by what they are attempting and achieving. The Board has made a donation of $850 and Errol pledged to provide 100 pairs of underclothes from his factory.  View other images HERE.

The Power of Positivity

Parting Thought: 
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world.  The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.~ George Bernard Shaw
Aug 03, 2020
Speak about the Golf Tourament and "Why We Are Co-Presidents"

Rotary Club of Petone

They will share their thoughts on how they will run this year's Te Omanga Golf Tournament and how Eastern Hutt Rotary can assist them.

Aug 17, 2020
"Why I Joined Rotary"
Aug 17, 2020
The Cancer Society & Daffodil Day
Aug 24, 2020
A Better Education for a Better Future
Aug 24, 2020
"Why I Joined Rotary"
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Upcoming Meetings & Events
Hutt Valley Women's Refuge Appeal - Fri & Sat
Fri & Sat at Countdown
Jul 31, 2020 - Aug 01, 2020
Brunch Meeting - at Norma Blue Cafe
Aug 06, 2020
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Committees' Meet
Avalon Pavilion
Aug 10, 2020
Board Meeting
Avalon Pavilion
Aug 17, 2020
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
RYDA Volunteers
Aug 26, 2020
Cancer Society Daffodil Day Collection
Aug 28, 2020 - Aug 29, 2020
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Various Rotary Links
New Satellite Group?
7 Reasons Young (and Young-ish) People Should Join Rotary
How to Log-in
Rotary in General
District 9940 Website
Activity & Training Programmes
Important Rotary Documents
General Info
Risk Management Document
Civil Defence site
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* Women's Refuge Collection: Don't forget this is on Friday and Saturday this week.  Thanks to you all for giving your time!
* Funds Raised: Sergeant $102.60
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