Rotarians’ greenhouse gets a Nepalese post code

Team effort: Providing support to Kerrie Wood (centre) and her team since the get-go have been Sunrise Rotarians Peter Grob (left) and Alec Brown. Mr Grob and Mr Brown are unable to make the trip to Nepal but have been instrumental in getting the greenhouse ready for shipment. Helping hands: Janine Buesnel, Ruth and Ian Nettle, Jo Roh, Kerrie Wood, Dr David Malikoff, Neil Black, Geoff Denyer, Joy Raisborough and Trish Afleck-Mooney, pictured with greenhouse parcels, prepare for the project in Kharikhola.
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A ROTARY project is helping a village in Nepal to break the poverty cycle.

The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie Sunrise has supported Mera Primary School in the Nepalese village of Kharikhola, in the Everest region, since about the year 2000.

Its efforts include providing funds for the school’s lunch time food program and a market garden.

A kitchen was built through a Rotary grant and another grant fitted out the kitchen.

Project coordinator Kerrie Wood said the change was evident in the health, well-being and vitality of the school children.

And the project is about to grow with the addition of a greenhouse.

The club set about fund raising, and bought a greenhouse from Wauchope’s Peter Wall, who donated his time to help a team of volunteers prepare for the greenhouse construction in Kharikhola.

The large greenhouse will extend the growing period and pave the way for the introduction of more vegetable and fruit varieties.

It will not only be an asset to the school but a resource for the village.

“It’s really about sustainability of the school and the village, and capacity building,” Ms Wood said.

The greenhouse, divided into 36 parcels, will be trucked part of the way to the village after its arrival in Kathmandu, and porters will then carry the parcels for five days to Kharikhola.

A self-funded team of 12, featuring seven Rotarians and five non-Rotarians, arrives in Kharikhola next month to construct the greenhouse.

The Mera school project responds to the community’s needs.

Dr David Malikoff, who initially paid for the lunchtime food program until the Rotary club came on board, is among the group of volunteers headed to Kharikhola.

The full group is:Kerrie Wood (Sunrise Rotarian and teamleader), her daughterKatie Griffin and husband Dr David Malikoff;Sunrise RotariansIan Nettle,Geoff Denyer,Neil Black,Joy Raisborough, Janine Buesnel andTrish Afleck Mooney; and community volunteersJo Roh,Angeline Mason and Ruth Nettle.

The group has planned a trek after the stay in the village.

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