Posted by David Lariviere on Jun 07, 2019
Dr. Shail Jain, President of the Medina Sunrise Rotary Club, traveled to India to visit with Rotary International Twin Club Partner, Patna Midtown Rotary Club. Continuing her father's (Dr. Mahadeo Chand) family legacy of "Service Above Self," Dr. Jain met with members of the Patna Rotary Club to collaborate on an education and literacy project. Medina Sunrise Rotary is currently working with the Patna Midtown Rotary Club to renovate 5 underprivileged government schools in Patna.  Patna is the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar in India with a population over 2 million people. Total cost of the project is estimated around $35,000. The funding is coming from our Medina Sunrise Rotary,, Rotary District 6630 - NE Ohio, and Rotary International Global Grants. The local Patna Rotary club is working hard on this project as they are going to closely monitor and supervise the entire process directly.  The plan is to convert these 5 schools to "Happy Schools."
"I was privileged to visit one of 5 schools in February, 2019, with our partner club," stated Dr. Jain. "We saw young students in class, sitting on the bare floor , without any desks.  The library was in name only as there were few books.  The children's play equipment was minimal to none. The restroom was hardly functional and there was not enough drinking water."
Both the Medina and Patna clubs are glad to come together and take on this project, and  see the real need to make a difference in the lives of children.
"Our Happy School project, when done, will become a sustainable means to correct many of these needs .The schools will have benches for students to sit, a library with books, good water, separate toilets for girls and boys, play equipment, e-learning kits,  painted walls etc.
Rotary, which was a founding signatory to the United Nations charter also initiated UNESCO and UNICEF to share our vision and connect the world: Together, we see a world where people everywhere unite and take action to create lasting change -- across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.
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