Today we heard from Mike & Patty Louiso of the Williamsburg Rotary Club and a man named Father Hank. They shared about their trip to Romania last year in hopes of encouraging us to partner with them in their work with an orphanage for children with disabilities. Father Hank is a past president of the Bellefontaine Ohio Rotary Club.
The travel in Romania is extremely difficult, especially as you get out in the countryside. They worked with a Rotary club in a city called Targoviste. Romania was under communism from 1947 to 1990 which depleted the country's resources. Many people don't have jobs now that the communists are no longer in control and many struggle to truly think for themselves. Therefore the economy is really suffering. Romania has joined the European Union and should begin using the Euro in 2012.
The orphanage is a well-staffed facility with are high quality of care. A Rotary club provided a new heating system for them a few years ago. The living conditions are very simple. The Bellfontaine Rotary Club installed a commercial stove as well as a commercial laundry room.
$25, 265 is the total cost of the proposed project to paint and insulate the facility. The Targoviste Rotary Club has pledged $1500. Williamsburg is hoping to give $8000 with the help of their partners. The district will match $8000 and the Rotary Foundation will also match $8000.
Next week we will celebrate our students of the month from Batavia and CNE.