News for Q4 2019

Mission 13, Corozal District, Belize

The Rotary Team of Mel Honig, Will Mosby and the Rotary Club of Corozal opened 21 resource centers in 21 different schools this December. The Rotary Club of Belmopan was also visited in an effort to have them involved in the coming spring’s project when we will open 20 new resource centers in Stann Creek and Cayo Districts of Belize.

The mission in pictures:

Along with the games and toys we brought boxes and boxes of books; from beginning readers to resource books to more advanced readers. Each school received at least 4 large boxes of books and depending upon student population as many as 7 boxes. There were some boxes of books left over that were given to the Rotaractor Club of Corozal for their project of building self directed libraries (take a book to read and leave a book)… and also several boxes that were given to the local library.

LIST OF SCHOOLS RECEIVING RESOURCE CENTERS DURING MISSION 13, COROZAL DISTRICT

  • Presbyterian Day School/ Preschool
  • Caledonia R.C School /Preschool
  • San Narciso R.C School /Preschool
  • Libertad R.C School
  • San Juaquin R.C. School/ Preschool
  • San Antonio Government School/ Preschool
  • Church of Christ School/ Preschool
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe R. C. School/ Preschool
  • Cristo Rey R. C School /Preschool
  • St. Francis Xavier R.C./Preschool
  • Corozal Methodist School /Preschool
  • Fireburn R.C. School
  • Mary Hill R.C School /Preschool
  • San Victor R.C. School/ Preschool
  • Libertad S.D.A School
  • Calcutta S.D.A School
  • Chunox S.D.A School/ Preschool
  • Patchakan R.C School/ Preschool
  • Sarteneja La Inmaculada R.C. School
  • Santa Clara/San Roman R.C./preschool
  • Progresso SDA School

Vetting a Hospital for a MESA Mission

RCI is an ongoing educational project of MESA. MESA’s stated mission is:

To facilitate international service projects bringing equipment, technology and volunteerism to meet humanitarian needs throughout the world

Most of our efforts go into sending containers of medical equipment and supplies to places of need. During RCI’s recent mission the Rotary Club of Corozal brought to our attention specific items that require updating or are lacking at the Corozal Community Hospital.

The 30 bed hospital services the medical needs of 40,000 people. All services are free and no one is turned away or asked for payment. The hospital system consists of a central Hospital and 4 major polyclinics.

The recently constructed polyclinic in Sarteneja is scheduled to open February 2020. Its timely opening is dependent upon getting the necessary operating equipment and signing up the required number of local citizens to the National Health Insurance (NHI) plan. The NHI provides the necessary funding for the hospital to operate by giving the hospital monies for each individual in the program. It is also important to look up the symptoms of blood dyscrasia and be aware.

A hospital walk-through was conducted with Rotarians and hospital personnel, followed by meetings with the Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Angela Gilharry and the Minister of Health, the Honorable Pablo Marin.

Following are some of the photos taken during the hospital walk-through:

The next step is to receive a formal request and list of needs. MESA will then fulfill the needs list to the best of its ability and send one or more containers to the Rotary Club of Corozal, who in turn will transfer the product to the Corozal Community Hospital. Before any of this happens the MESA Board has to approve the project and Memorandums of Understanding must be signed by the Rotary Club of Corozal and the Corozal Community Hospital.

Funding for the medical mission is not automatic. MESA will provide a $2000 shipping stipend: but we need one or more of our District 6600 Rotary Clubs to step up with the balance of the $6400 shipping costs. If your Rotary Club is interested in sponsoring this mission please contact MESA Committee Chairman: Bob DiNardo, email: rdinardo@utoledo.edu

News for December 2015/January 2016

Meet the Mission Team

From left Rotarians Mel Honig (Sylvania) Robin Kaufman, Kent Iler, Amber Fisher (Elyria)

From left Rotarians Mel Honig (Sylvania) Robin Kaufman, Kent Iler, Amber Fisher (Elyria)

The Mission Team to Belize is set.  Directly participating in setting up the resource centers are 4 Rotarians (with two of their family members) and 4 Belizeans.  Also helping/participating will be over 100 educators, local Rotarians and Belizeans in distributing and setting up the educational materials, preparing the resource center sites and receiving training in their use and care.

Mission dates are from March 11 through March 24 when resource centers will be opened in 18 pre and primary schools.  You can be a part of this mission.  Every day we will update you with text and pictures as we open the resource centers.  It is hoped that you will enjoy and benefit from the day to day activities of the mission team, faculty, students and Belizeans.

The team members are:

Tori Fisher, high school junior and daughter of Amber: 3rd mission

Tori Fisher, high school junior and daughter of Amber: 3rd mission

Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, Rotary Club of Sylvania: 11th mission

Mel Honig, Project Coordinator, Rotary Club of Sylvania: 11th mission

Kent Iler, Iler Computer and Networking, Elyria Rotarian: 4th mission

Kent Iler, Iler Computer and Networking, Elyria Rotarian: 4th mission

Robin Kaufman, Elyria Rotarian: 1st Mission

Robin Kaufman, Elyria Rotarian: 1st Mission

Morlin Bull, Teacher, Dangriga, Belize: 2nd Mission

Morlin Bull, Teacher, Dangriga, Belize: 2nd Mission

Eleanor Carillo, Education Teacher, Corozal Junior College: 4th Mission

Eleanor Carillo, Education Teacher, Corozal Junior College: 4th Mission

Franco Carillo, high school senior, Orange Walk Technical High School: 3rd Mission

Franco Carillo, high school senior, Orange Walk Technical High School: 3rd Mission

Floyd Lino: Ministry of Education, Toledo District: 1st Mission

Floyd Lino: Ministry of Education, Toledo District: 1st Mission

Jo Audinette, Punta Gorda Rotarian: 1st Mission

Jo Audinette, Punta Gorda Rotarian: 1st Mission

Amber Fisher, President of the Rotary Club of Elyria: 3rd mission

Amber Fisher, President of the Rotary Club of Elyria: 3rd mission

Neal Kaufman, First Mission: 1st Mission – Camera shy

Unloading the Container

With no forklift truck available everything had to be unloaded by hand.

With no forklift truck available everything had to be unloaded by hand.

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Donations during the first quarter of 2016

Educational Equipment and Materials

Toys and gamesSports EquipmentSports EquipmentSports EquipmentBooksComputer PartsGames, ToysComputer systemsVHS TapesWood Shelving

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Toys and games Gail Odneal Mel Honig Sylvania
Sports Equipment Gary Davis Gary Davis N Baltimore
Sports Equipment David Puckett Mel Honig Sylvania
Sports Equipment Shadow Valley Tennis Club David Puckett Sylvania
Books (20 boxes) Queen of Apostles Mel Honig/Laneta Goings Sylvania
Computer Parts Oregon School System Steve Bialorucki Oregon/Northwood
Games, Toys Members of the Rotary Club of Elyria Amber Fisher/Jillian Riddle Elyria
Computer systems Iler Networking Kent Iler Elyria
VHS Tapes Kent Iler Kent Iler Elyria
Wood Shelving Univ. Of Toledo Terri Miller/Mel Honig Sylvania

Monetary

 

Donor Amount
Balt Juarez $1000.00
Rotary 6600 District Grant $4500.00 (Rotary Club of Elyria)
Rotary Club of Elyria $4500.00

Your donation can be here next month.  Our next mission to Belize this coming March is fully funded.  We now need to seek funding for our mission.

Presentations

  • Foundation Training in Sandusky
  • Foundation Training in Findlay

Invite us to present at your weekly Rotary Meeting. There are lots of changes going on as we move forward and we would like to bring you up to date on our MESA projects.

News for April-May 2015

BELIZE MISSION 8 April-May 2015

The Rotary Team of Mel Honig, Kent, Stacey and Scott Iler just returned from their mission trip to Belize. Seventeen (17) resource centers were set up in primary schools in four of the Districts of Belize.

It is estimated that approximately 7000 students will benefit from the resource centers placed in schools during this mission. A listing of the schools served follows after the photos.

The Mission in Pictures

 

List of schools served

District School Principal
Stann Creek United Community Primary Anthony Zuniga
Maya Mopan Ewart Caballero
Solid Rock Elcedia Awe
Epworth Methodist Gilda Wagner
Holy Ghost Juliette Williams
Hope Creek Methodist Gladys Jackson
Zion Adventist Emilia Montejo
Toledo San Isidro Anselma Woolery
Trio Adon Marcelo Arzu
Corozal Patchakan Catholic Teobalda Ruiz
Lady of Guadalupe Emmanuel Gonzalez
Louisville RC Ruth Coba
Assemblies of God Jesus Catzim
Orange Walk Trial Farm Nazira Romero
San Estevan Leticia Perez
San Lazaro Pedro A. Sanchez
Guinea Grass RC Crecencio Cocom

The following schools that received resource centers on previous missions were visited and the educational software programs were installed on their computers

  • Nuevo San Juan
  • Douglas

Donations of Equipment were given to the following

  • Corozal Community College
  • Orange Walk Library
  • Orange Walk Northern Regional Hospital

Donations

Educational Equipment and Materials

Two drives were conducted at the Mercy College of Ohio (Toledo, Ohio). One by the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) and the other by the 330 Nursing classes taught by Sharmeta Gibbon and Carla Gonyer. The advisors for the AAMN are Bobbi Pratte and Kate Cook with the President being Eric Hewitt. Collected were games, toys, books, games and video tapes.

Item Donor Expeditor Rotary Club of
Books Janice & George Costaras George Costaras Elyria Sunrise
Television Denise Kohler Gail Odneal

Monetary

Donor Amount
Patricia Iler $2000.00

Belize Mission Expenses

Item Cost
Container Shipment $4320.76
Guatemala and Port Expenses 1533.53
Belize Warehouse Rental 100.00
In Country Travel (car rental & gas) 502.00*
Educational Materials & Headphones 477.82**
Flooring 521.70
Hardware 24.01
Total Mission Cost $7479.82***
Cost per location (schools, hospital etc.) served $360.00 
*$200 of cost was to pay for diesel to get product from Orange Walk to Stann Creek
** Does not include cost of books purchased from the Friends of the Library prior to January 2015.
***Does not include the personal expenses of the four missioners.

JAMAICA MISSION UPDATE

Mission 2 to Jamaica is still in progress. The RCI/MESA container was released to the Rotary Club of Savanna-La-Mar during the first week of April. Everything was placed in two donated containers and is currently being distributed under the direction of Hilda Hibbert, the Jamaica Project Coordinator. Please look for our final report in next month’s Newsletter, as the mission should be completed by then.