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Football (soccer) distribution

The 50 soccer balls donated by Brad Swanson of Swanson’s Home Hardware, was the hottest item that we brought to distribute for all the Guyanese. We had the pleasure of donating several soccer balls and pumps to two local schools in Parika, with the presentation occurring during the Literacy Centre opening. Others were given to three interior villages, several to two schools through the Amerindian hostel and several to the community of Cloudland.  Kim Cook will ensure that the remaining footballs get to the neediest schools and communities. Below are pictures of the distribution.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_1321


Day after musings of the Amazon queen

Leaving the country of Guyana, we have learned much from our experiences with the people we met, the adventures upon which we embarked, and the projects we have been involved with. One of the most humbling experiences was going to the Amerindian hostel in Georgetown after the Rotary meeting. Ninety people resided there, all flown out from the far reaches of the Guyana interior for medical reasons. It is safe to say that most of these people had never experienced ‘city’ life before and everything was new to them. Six young pregnant girls were given baby blankets and baby clothes for their babies. We handed out clothing to needy children, and toothpaste, toothbrushes and soap to all the women. Many of the clothes and shoes we had laid out for us to sort through to distribute were left on the table. After we had given out items to the neediest families as determined by the administrator of the hostel, the Amerindians, silently and in an orderly fashion, began to file by us to take what they knew they could use. We watched in silent respect as they carefully chose clothing for families. What struck me was how quiet they all were, even the children. The biggest draw were the soccer(footballs) we had to hide away as the plan was to have the administrator distribute several balls and a pump to two needy schools deep in the interior. Out of respect for these wonderful people, we decided not to take any photos. This was one of the most moving experiences of our trip. KathyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn Amerindian mother paddling with her children. Region 1 Cloudland, Maruka area


Jungle trips

IMG_1344Wow, what an amazing 2 days. We flew one hour over the jungle to Kaiteur to see the tallest single drop waterfall in the world, 741 feet, almost five times the height of Niagara Falls. Then to Orinduk falls for a refreshing ‘shower’ under the falls. Feels great after 50+ degree heat. The next day we left shortly after 6am for our boat/IMG_1265 land trip into the northwest where we came upon a black caiman that had been hit on the road-another unique road kill. We traveled across the Essequibo and Pomeroon Rivers, onto the Atlantic ocean and into a small jungle canopied creek. We were amazed at the beauty of the jungle, the many birds, iridescent blue butterflies and warm welcoming Amerindians to their village. We distributed the many clothes, towels, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes and shoes to those who really needed them. The soccer balls were a big hit and little Denzel, whom I had met four years ago when I visited their village, lit up when we handed him one of the soccer balls. Thanks to the many Kitchener Westmount Rotarians who donated the items we had the privilege to distribute.