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Rosl Trust supports Covid-19 appeals and new education projects

A kind and substantial donation to Education Projects has helped start two new projects in Africa and the ROSL Trust’s support for COVID-19 appeals in Asia and Kenya. Margaret Adrian-Vallance reports

A lot has happened since the last edition of Overseas and many members will have read updates in the online monthly newsletter, which has played such a large part in keeping people informed of developments during the temporary closure of the clubhouse.

To recap some of the highlights during this time, the ROSL Trust Trustees agreed support for the British Asian Trust’s COVID-19 Emergency Appeal at the suggestion of outgoing D-G Diana Owen, and ROSL looks forward to closer links with the British Asia Trust (BAT) in the future and hearing further news of their work.

At the PestalozziWorld Village at Dehradun in India, Cheme Palden, the Village Director keeps in touch with photos and updates. During the pandemic most of the children had to return to their villages so the Photography Club and other extramural activities that ROSL supports have only just restarted.

The ROSL Trust also agreed support for the Kenya Society’s Girish Raval Fund to Counter COVID-19. This fund works with Rotary in Kenya to counter COVID-19 in the poorest areas and is named after a member of the Kenya Society who recently died.

Waithiegeni Kanguru-Esipisu, wife of High Commissioner Manoah Esipisu, has accepted the role of Patron of the Fund and the Kenya Society is well known to many ROSL members as it holds several of its events and meetings at the ROSL clubhouse.

The Trust also agreed support for a new ROSL Bursary recipient – a secondary scholar from Kahuho in the Gilgil area who lives with his grandfather of 71, who is a subsistence farmer. Peter was top of his class during eight years at Primary School.

The Trust will cover four years at secondary school, and if satisfactory exam results are obtained, a later bursary for tertiary education. This support extends a positive relationship that ROSL had had over the years with the Langalanga Education Trust which provides careful in-country monitoring of ROSL bursary recipients. At the time of writing, schools in Kenya are due to reopen in September.

The second new Education Project is with Mondessa Youth Opportunities (MYO) in Namibia. MYO is an afternoon education project that offers free, intensive education for promising students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Swakopmund’s townships and is well-known to ROSL through long standing ROSL-Namibia Project supporters Mike and Vera Leech and others. Funding for this project, which will concentrate on maths, English and reading, will be from the Dr Valentine legacy which is restricted to education projects in Namibia. Manager Neels Strijdom is also organising a teacher training event to include teachers from remote schools such as Katora in the Namib desert.

ROSL’s supportive, responsive and caring approach to access to higher education in Namibia cannot go unrecognised

Education projects around the Commonwealth, such as Mondesa Youth Opportunities in Namibia and Pestalozzi Asian Village in India (both pictured above) are just two of the projects supported by the ROSL Trust. Since 1994, your generous donations and legacies have helped children and young people across the world

At the University of Namibia where we support 38 students studying Education, Dr Rachel Ndinelao Amaambo, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor says, ‘Since, there are numerous students without funding due to the socio-economic status of the many families, ROSL support has been a relieving response to the vacuum in funding from the Namibia’s Students’ Financial Assistance Fund (NASFAF), which could only cater for a limited number of qualifying students.

‘Therefore, ROSL’s supportive, responsive and caring approach to the acceleration of access to higher education in Namibia cannot go unrecognised. This great contribution does not only enable students from the marginalised communities to settle their fees, but also to retain their dignities and enhance academic performance’.

Aron H Mwaala says, ‘I am at Khomasdal campus studying towards the bachelor of education upper primary in mathematics and Oshindonga. I really appreciate what you have done due to struggling to pay my fees. I will really work hard to make this support count and to make my dreams comes true’.

Bachio Seibeb says, ‘I’m really pleased and thankful that ROSL have made it possible to give a helping hand where there seemed to be no hand. I, for one, would like to be this kind too and help out the needy one day. This extends my greatest respect and admiration for ROSL.

Helvi Nehemia writes ‘Dear ROSL, I am writing this letter on behalf of my family as an appreciation to you, who have been very supportive and helpful. Thank you again for your generous support and please continue what you are doing, for it is a benefit to many of us, especially those who are willing to learn but without loans or struggling to settle their school accounts’.

Elli SN Shigwedha says ‘I would like to place on record my thankfulness for ROSL funding. It helped me to accomplish my goals of obtaining my degree. It gave me the ability to focus on my coursework with less concern about my finances. Thank you for your generous support, this makes me feel so special.’

Magdaleena N. Shaanika says, ‘I am very honoured to be the recipient of this award. I completed my Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in upper primary last year (2019). I majored in mathematics and integrated natural science and I look forward to being able to give back to the community once I begin my career teaching.’

Learn more about the ROSL trust

The charitable arm of ROSL was set up in 1960 to further the club’s founding principles. Find out more about their work at a webinar on 29 September. Visit www.rosl.org.uk/events to register.

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