The Delta OptimistJanuary 16, 2013

The Rotary Club of Tsawwassen recently presented the International Community Empowerment Foundation with a cheque for $2,800 towards the purchase of solar panels for Tekera Primary School in Uganda.

The foundation operates the Tekera Resource Center, which provides primary and adult education, medical and dental care, economic empowerment opportunities, and water and sanitation to nearly 8,000 per-sons in and around Tekera Village.

Foundation VP Bridget Sangster attended a recent breakfast meeting and expressed her gratitude to the local Rotary club.

"Words can not express our deep gratitude," said Sangster. "Thank you so much for supporting our initiatives in Uganda."

In 2012, the Rotary Club of Tsawwassen also provided the foundation with money for a 2005 Toyota Helix 4 x 4 truck. With Tekera being 17 kilometres down an extraordinarily treacherous road, it was important to have a vehicle the center could count on.

A number of local schools also support the Tekera Resource Center through the Schools Supporting Schools program. Those taking part include Cliff Drive, Beach Grove and Holly elementary schools as well as Delta, South Delta, Palmer, Delview and North Delta secondary schools.


Rotary Club of Tsawwassen past president Rick Lewall (left) and international projects director Graham Mallett (right) present a cheque to Bridget Sangster of the International Community Empowerment Foundation.