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Newark Rotary Supports Education in Kenya

The Rotary Club of Newark has announced its intention to provide private school funding for a student in Kenya for a four year period. The Club will work with the Rise to Shine Education Foundation, located in that country. Private school education is vital in Kenya; public school attendees are often denied the opportunity to complete their studies and to graduate. East Orange Rotary is sponsoring a second student.
The foundation is governed by a board of directors, with daily operations conducted by Executive Director Emily Bakhitah Akoth Otieno and volunteers. Donors are provided with semi-annual reports on fund utilization and the information on the positive impact the program has on the participating children. In announcing the Rotary Club’s intention, President Joseph Marino stated, “Not only are we doing good things in and around the City of Newark, but we are also helping people around the world in keeping with our premise of Service Above Self.” For more information on Newark Rotary visit their website at

Newark Rotary Supports Education in Kenya...
The Newark Rotary Club not only supports domestic programs, but aid internationally, we had a request from a Rotarian member from Kenya and headed her call for assistance. Better she explain her need herself:
My name is Emily Bakhitah Akoth Otieno, and along with being a proud member of the Rotary club of Kisumu Winam, Kenya, I am the founder and executive director of Rise to Shine Education Foundation. Rise to Shine is a Kenyan based non profit organization, whose mission is to raise financial support to offer high school scholarships to very needy and very bright students to have the possibility of creating a sustainable future for themselves and their families in Western Kenya.
While we have been honored to work with a number of Rotary clubs in the US, we are currently  looking to partnering with district 4745 clubs, to support this effort, without which, this possibility could never be realized. 
Recently, I was honored to discuss the serious need to create sustainable futures for our children with two members of the newly created Essex County Presidents Round Table, Presidents, Carol Jenkins of the East Orange club, and Joe Marino of the Newark club. I am delighted to report, both were moved by the impact R2SEF has had on children, especially daughters, having the opportunity to complete high school and all that this makes possible for their families and future generation. 
I am reaching out to you, my fellow Rotarian members of the President Round Table, to see how together, we might collaborate to create a structure to enroll other 7475 clubs in “Being the Cause”, in impacting the lives of these future African leaders.
Thank you so much for taking a moment to read this email and I have copied the members of the roundtable with a request to follow up with the two of you directly.
Warmly yours in service to children,
Emily Bakhitah,
We listened and acted, please read on.
Rotarians again show their compassion. On March 25th the Rotary Mid-Northeast Multi-District training participants assembled in East Hanover for their Club's President-Elect training seminar (PETs). That evening a dinner was held for the attendees at which time various programs sponsored by Rotary International were presented, one of which was the efforts to help the Ukrainian crisis. Afterward a raffle was held to raise additional funds for this effort in which the dinner participants donated over $33,000.00 to go towards the Ukraine relief effort.
Newark Rotarians pitched in with other Rotarians, families and friends who attended the End Hunger Packaging event held at Caldwell University on March 12th. At the end of the day from bulk boxes and bags of food items, volunteers repackaged these items into premeasure single serving containers. Our volunteers then took these meal packages and boxed them in manageable boxes for distribution to people in need, some of which are destined for the Ukraine effort. At the end of the day collectively there were over 400 repackaged boxes to be delivered and picked up. Our thanks to all that volunteered.   
The Rotary Club of Newark welcome the Holiday with members, friend and families!
Invited neighborhood children and families join the Holiday celebration with a special visit from Santa Claus!
                       What's in the box Santa?

Our meeting location is at the Spanish Pavilion, 31 Harrison Ave., Harrison, NJ 07029.  Join us at noon, the first Tuesday of the month for fun and fellowship at our general luncheon meeting. Newark Rotary is 105+ years young and counting....

In October 2021 the Rotary Club of Newark honors our community partners who helped make this book distribution project a success!
Rotary members of Newark and their sorority partners extend literacy with the sorting and distribution of 40,000 free donated books to the community.
Where do we go from here we said to ourselves? These boxes of books had to be relocated to another space, unloaded, sorted and inventoried. What a job!