(May 24, 2022)
Dave and Rita Moyers participated with District Rotarians in the Humanitarian Trip to Puerto Rico, April 21-23. He showed photos of the many projects there. They stayed in a hotel (former convent) in San Juan, and were bussed to various Rotary projects in participation with local Rotarians.
Among the many projects were an irrigation system for a halfway house for its 10-25 members’ agricultural work on ~5-10 acres to raise food and produce income. One of the schools needed “everything”, where many people are still struggling to recover from damage from tropical storms. The Rotarians created a baseball field for students so that lack of family income would not prevent them from developing their sports skills. (Puerto Rico is renowned for developing many professional baseball athletes.)
Rotarian backpacks with school supplies were brought from LA by District 5280 Rotarians to distribute to needy students. An agricultural center was developed for an orphanage, and a school was supported for an underprivileged community. Notebook computers were contributed to a school for low income children, but they discovered that the school had no Wi-Fi for Internet connection; the Rotarians donated adequate funds on the spot to cover the school’s Wi-Fi subscription for the next 3 years!
Dave spoke of how much he enjoyed the many “Rotary Moments” that he has encountered on these humanitarian trips, as those of us who have participated in them in the past know from our own experience! (Consider signing up for the District 5280 Humanitarian Trip to Belize next year!)