Mission 2, Jamaica
From the beginning Mission 2 was destined not to be completed while the Mission Team was in Jamaica. The container never made it out of customs. The Ministry of Finance never released it and this is what I was told was the issue. The annual budget had to be finalized by April 1st. The Ministry had been working on this for months in an effort to meet the target date. Getting containers requesting exemptions took low priority and they were not going anywhere until the National Budget was in place.
The Team still made good use of the time we had in Jamaica. We checked old sites, visited new ones, made new connections (The Sandals Foundation and Manning’s High School) and renewed old ones (The Ministry of Education). We also started conducting interviews of Jamaican educators. This was in preparation for making a new video production of our work in Jamaica.
Our Rotary partner in Jamaica, the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar, will be completing the mission by unloading and then distributing the educational materials to the schools selected for the project. The decision has been made to purchase an RCI container. After its initial shipment the container will be stored in Jamaica and all future shipments will be unloaded and then placed in the RCI container. Mission teams will buy their airline tickets after the container clears customs and product is available for distribution… problem solved.
Special thanks has to be given to past Savanna-La-Mar President Robbie Robinson who once again opened his house to the mission team… and to Hilda Hibbert who gave her time and energy to helping the team meet the achievable goals of the mission. We greatly enjoyed the warmth, friendship and help given by the Rotarians of the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar and we all are looking forward to the next mission.
Mel Honig, Project Coordinator
Educational Equipment and Materials
|Item||Donor||Expeditor||Rotary Club of|
|Television/Games||Valerie Pauli||Gail Odneal|
|Games & Toys||Gail Odneal||Mel Honig||Sylvania|
|Television Sets||St Charles Hosp.||Mel Honig||Sylvania|
|Television, Computer Components||Janet Daney||Weber Stanley||Maumee|
|Dolls||MESA||Gary Davis||N. Baltimore|
|Boxes of Books||Friends of the Library||Margie Levy/Mel Honig||Sylvania|
|Computer Systems||Nemsys||Helyn Bolanis /Mel Honig||Toledo|
|Rotary Club of Elyria||$2000.00(Belize)|
|20 Boxes of Books & VHS tapes||Friends of the Library||$200.00|