"Service Above Self"

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The Chisago Lakes Area Rotary Club from Rotary District 5960 (MN/WI) has completed a successful matching grant cooperative venture with the Knysna Rotary Club from Rotary District 9350 (So. Africa).  In 2014, the Chisago Lakes Club was awarded a District 5960 matching grant to purchase three computers, three projectors, a video camera, software for all computers and all the required cables and screen pulldowns for the Chris Nissen Primary School in Knysna South Africa.  The school has a staff of 18 educators and 921 learners in an economically depressed area. 

The Chisago Lakes Club received financial support for the project from seven neighboring Rotary Clubs in District 5960 plus a contribution from the Knysna South Africa Rotary Club to effectuate the grant.  In order to reduce the costs of the project and support the local economy, funds were wired to the Knysna Rotary Club to who purchased the equipment and worked with the government officials at the Chris Nissen School to make the purchases needed and to coordinate installation of the equipment in the school.

This project has allowed an over-crowded school to maximize learning by projecting the school lessons from a computer to projector and then to a pull down screen.  Additionally the video camera is used to highlight the learning progress the students are making through this learning environment.  The benefits of this grant will be shared with the community to encourage other children, as well as parents, that education will help eliminate the poverty they are experiencing.  By showing progress the hope is that parents will take an active role in their child’s education and provide encouragement for the students to stay in school.  The driving force of the school is through education so that the students will be capable of providing leadership in their community thus helping to eliminate illiteracy and poverty.



Chris Nissen Primary School

Knysna, South Africa

Our Club has been awarded a District matching grant for purchasing computers, video projectors, and a video camera.

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The Chisago Lakes Area Rotary Club ​is a 501(c)4 non-profit service organization that supports local and international service needs focusing on literacy, hunger, clean water and the eradication of polio.  

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Since 1998 the Chisago Lakes Area Rotary Club has devoted fundrai​sing energy to passionately supporting the needs of our local community as well as our global neighbors.

Rotary is a grass-roots organization consisting of business professionals and community leaders that volunteer time, talent & resources in order to remedy vital community needs with over 1.2 million members worldwide

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PROJECT ACHIEVED...thank you to all who participated!