By Wendy Ayestas, District 4250; Chair of the Uniendo America Project Fair 2016
Projects fairs are the basis of new relationships for Rotary clubs engaged in helping their communities develop and cover basic needs that have not yet been met. Imagine communities with schools lacking learning materials, hungry and shoeless students walking miles to attend school, babies dying because their mothers did not have access to prenatal or postnatal care, communities without toilets or sewer systems or potable water, and adults without jobs or access to funds to start their own business or grow crops. We can help our neighbors by taking action, building partnerships, and sponsoring international project presented at a project fair.
Project fairs are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in international service. After all, this is what we look for when we join Rotary: opportunity for service through friendship!
The 2016 Uniendo America Project Fair will be held in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 28-30 January. Representatives from seven Central American countries (Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador and Honduras) will come together to showcase projects in all six areas of focus, presenting opportunities for our international friends to serve as partners in grants or support projects directly.
What will the fair consist of?
The project fair will kick off with a welcome dinner, the foundation for making new friends and reconnecting with old ones. We will have a day dedicated to presentations from host clubs about their new projects and their achievements with projects they have completed. We’ll also have engaging discussions about Rotary’s areas of focus with regional project examples.
We will enjoy an afternoon of light tourism in the beautiful and quirky little city of Valle de Angeles, 30 minutes from Tegucigalpa, where visitors can explore the town, taste local cuisine, shop at craft shops, get your portrait done, check out local artisans at work and much more.
How will the fair benefit those attending?
For international visitors, the fair will bring new ideas and partnerships for projects. You will get to know and feel the culture of each club and decide who to work with. You will also see firsthand local community priorities. For the host clubs, the fair provides an opportunity to present their clubs’ projects to other Rotarians who would otherwise never hear about them. Both international and host attendees will make new friends that will last a lifetime while giving back to those in need. This experience will transform your way of thinking and the way you look at Rotary. You will find many opportunities to get involved and Be a Gift to the World!
Event information and registration is available online.