Rotary Club of Orleans undertake their first international project in Dominica
Training for health professionals, parents and teachers who deal with children living with autism in Dominica will be the primary beneficiaries of the Rotary Club of Orleans first international project, to begin here on Friday, March 12th, 2011.
The Rotary Club of Orleans based in Canada is partnering with the Rotary Club of Dominica to host an autism spectrum disorder resource consultant, Victoria Storaas, who will be on island for three weeks to facilitate the training.
Director of the Rotary Club of Orleans, Julia Ginley says they are pleased to be undertaking this project, here in Dominica.
Under this international project, support will be given to the alpha center, one of the two schools in Dominica that support mentally disabled children.
Julia says, apart from the training, they will also provide reading books up to grade level 3, set up a library cataloguing and circulation system and present three (3) manual sewing machines to the center for its sewing programme, as well as a laptop and a printer.
Carmen Larsen-Grijalva, the daughter of Venezuela’s ambassador to Dominica, has been assisting with the organization and planning of the project.
She said that she was pleased to have identified the alpha center for this important and timely project.
Miss Ginley’s daughter, Jamie Anne Giggey will be helping to set up the library cataloguing and circulation system, as well as assisting Victoria with training for teachers and parents.
The project started because of Jamie’s wish to do volunteer work abroad with her mother.
While in Dominica, the consultant will meet with officials from the Rotary Club of Dominica, the Carib Chief, the Cuban Ambassador and the President of Dominica. Other stakeholders in this project include SAT Telecommunications Ltd, Fort Young Hotel and Jungle Bay.