Dignitaries from around the world will honor Past Club President Hans Dahlin and his wife, Helena, local Montessori teacher and member of the One World Rotary Club.The Dahlins have led 10 Rotary clubs in local District 5240 to help fund a $46,000 project that supports early childhood education by improving 320 preschool teachers training in rural Sri Lanka.
On Tuesday, March 3rd, the Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime will welcome Past District Governor of District 3220 of Sri Lanka, John Dharshan, and Past District Governor Frank Ortiz of District 5240 to its weekly 11:45 AM meeting at the Frog Bar & Grill, Glen Annie Golf Course, Goleta.
Rotary International combines the resources of many clubs allowing Rotary’s Global grant funds to be deployed in the most meaningful way to develop and implement sustainable projects while building goodwill and relationships with our international partners in other countries.
Hans, Helena, and their daughters visited Sri Lanka in 2014 to check on the status of the project, and also brought four moving boxes full of school material that they gave to three preschools.
They saw first-hand the poverty that these children and schools face daily. They met with then District Governor John Dharshan and learned that the project still needs to continue to train more teachers.
The Rotary Club of Goleta Noontime has taken the lead in obtaining Rotary Global grant funds, believing that this is a project worthy of our support, focusing on educating children in hard-to-reach rural areas.
The Grant $46,000 for teachers’ education began in February 2016. The teachers have classes each weekend for 1 year, while they also work at their schools weekdays. Approximately 320 teachers can get their diploma with this budget, impacting 6,500 children annually.
Helena and Hans have enlisted help from Rotary Districts in their native Sweden, building bridges between USA and Sweden for future and upcoming global grants.