Members of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman have returned from Guatemala where they joined with the Cooperative for Education (CoEd) and other donors to deliver books to secondary schools. They also participated in the inauguration of two computer centers.
The Co-operative for Education is a Cincinnati based non-profit organisation dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in Guatemala by providing textbooks and educational opportunities to under-privileged schoolchildren in impoverished areas.
The programmes are designed to improve both traditional and technological literacy, which are the corner stones of economic development. CoEd was founded in 1996 by brothers Joe and Jeff Berninger who were both on the tour.
Rotarians Joey Hew, Trevor Neckles and Derek Haines assisted in taking books to nine schools during the 10 day trip last month when they covered several hundred miles over bumpy roads in mountainous terrain.
Besides supporting the programme financially, Rotary Grand Cayman also purchased several hundred dollars worth of sporting equipment that was delivered by the three participants who were self-funded for the trip.
Rotary Grand Cayman is the first service club in Grand Cayman and received its charter in January 1966. It has almost 100 members and meets at the Westin Hotel on Thursday lunchtimes.