ERC's International Committee Members made a special presentation last week on our Guatemala Outreach. Click here to watch the video.

 



A delegation of volunteers from Elmbrook Rotary Club recently returned from Guatemala in continuation of the club's outreach efforts to the children of this poorest of all  Latin American countries. This visit marks the third consecutive year ERC members have offered their services in cooperation with Common Hope, a non-governmental organization that has been working in Guatemala for more than 25 years.

Elmbrook Rotarians Tom Curl, Ted Gurzynski, and Mark Zalewski along with his wife Evonne Zalewski, joined a delegation from the Port Washington Rotary Club on this year's visit. As in the past, it was a working visit, with team members assisting in the construction of a simple home for a Guatemalan family, as well as delivering books and school supplies to the club's "adopted" school in the Mayan village of San Rafael. Elmbrook Rotary has been successful in raising several thousand dollars a year in support of the San Rafael school through approved Rotary District Grants, the ERC International Outreach budget, and other donations to the Elmbrook Guatemala Literacy fund.

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In addition to these efforts, many of the individual club members sponsor children through annual contributions to Common Hope, which allow the children to attend school, and assists their families with improved health care. A highlight of the trip, therefore, was the opportunity for the volunteers to meet their sponsored children and spend some time with the families.

Elmbrook Rotary Club is committed to helping break the cycle of poverty and inequality in Guatemala. If you are interested in participating in the effort there are two ways you can help:

 1.) Make a donation to the Elmbrook Guatemala Literacy Fund.

 2.) Sponsor a child through Common Hope.

For details on making a donation, sponsoring a child, or to learn more about Elmbrook Rotary's International Outreach programs, contact Larry Dattilio at larrydattilio@gmail.com.