Rotary Foundation supports literacy program

Rotary Sunrise has received a big boost for its literacy initiative in the form of a US$5,000 check to further its LIFE program. 

LIFE chairman Woody Foster received the check from the Rotary Foundation at the club’s weekly meeting on Wednesday. 

“LIFE’s business is literacy in the Cayman Islands, it was established two years ago and it is starting to make a difference in the community,” said Mr. Foster. 

LIFE stands for Literacy Is For Everyone. 

As a non-profit organization, Mr. Foster said LIFE was lucky that it is supported by many volunteers, but some things do not come for free and that is where this grant comes in. 

He explained that the LIFE program is paired reading programs in primary schools, where students who need help with literacy skills work on a weekly basis with an adult volunteer reading partner. 

“The Computer Assisted Literacy Solution targets both adults and children is getting off the ground and LIFE provides intervention Leveled Literacy Solution to primary schools in all government schools,” Mr. Foster said.  

Rotarian Hendrik van Genderen was pleased to hand over the check and noted, “This shows the worldwide reach of Rotary, this donation comes from the Rotary Foundation through district 7020, the district of which the Cayman Islands is part. The district has reviewed the application and agreed to this grant, it is an example of Rotary’s commitment to literacy and its confidence that LIFE will use the funds wisely,” Mr. van Genderen said. 

The Rotary Foundation is the global charitable arm of Rotary. 


Rotarian Hendrik van Genderen, left, hands over the Rotary Foundation check to LIFE chairman Woody Foster.

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