With the help of a good friend of FHC, Kirsty Nancarrow, the school in Batase has just won a generous grant from Rotary International and Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise to the value of AUD$10,000. The money will go to purchasing computers, improving internet facilities and provide one year of wages for a teacher to train students in computer skills. This will provide a huge boost to the educational opportunities for the students at the Batase school.
Kirsty knows first-hand about the limitations of life in Batase having travelled there twice in the past five years. She was invited to speak to the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise about FHC’s work in Batase village at a monthly meeting.
The hope was to gain Cairns Sunrise Rotary’s support to assist our work. Kirsty outlined the community’s education difficulties and highlighted some of the shortfalls in Batase school and how a successful grant application could address some of those issues and improve the education of children in this remote, subsistence, agricultural community.
They agreed. Rotary Cairns Sunrise club secured $2500 through the District Grants program and the members contributed the balance of $7500.
Work has already started. The internet upgrade is already in progress, and a computer training teacher has been engaged. Laptop suppliers have been invited to provide quotes on appropriate packages for evaluation.
Rotary Cairns Sunrise is part of an international network of business, professional and community leaders who strive to make the world a better place through practical efforts. FHC thanks them for their generous support.
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