A group of dedicated Rotarians and volunteers will be travelling to Ghana, Africa on a Rotary mission whose goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of disadvantaged and impoverished children and their families. Please donate. This worthwhile charity is organized by the Rotary Club of Essex County, Ontario, Canada. Charitable income tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

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Ghana 2016 Projects

Thanks to your generous contributions we raised over $215,000 and our Rotary volunteer mission team completed a number of critical projects:
•    Renovated St. Anne Basic School in the village of Endwa
•    Provided new textbooks, desks, and whiteboards for the school
•    Purchased and distributed new school uniforms
•    Built a new kidergarten classroom block in the village of Nyankomasi
•    Distributed donated soccer shoes, uniforms, balls and other equipment
•    Distributed 500 backpacks filled with school supplies, clothing, toiletries and a toy
•    Bore drilled 4 fresh water wells to provide access to clean water
•    Constructed a sanitation facility featuring 12 flush toilets, sinks and 4 public showers
•    Distributed 1,000 mosquito bed nets to prevent the scourge of malaria – an often fatal disease
•    Provided medical care and orthopedic braces, crutches, medical supplies, medicines and a defibrillator for area clinics and hospital
•    Distributed 900 sani-pads for girls
•    Distributed over 800 pairs of reading glasses
•    Provided over 1,000 pairs of running shoes for children as well as infant clothes, caps and blankets for newborn babies
•    Donated 45 sewing machines to establisha  sewing co-op program for pregnant and teenage mothers enabling them to develop a marketable skill to support and car for their babies.
See our photo gallery page from last year

This year’s trip


A group of dedicated Rotarians and volunteers will soon be travelling to Ghana, Africa on a Rotary mission whose goal is to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of disadvantaged and impoverished children and their families.

In November 2017, team members will travel to Assin-Bereku, Ghana, each at their own expense, to complete a number of critical projects to help improve the conditions of the people there living in abject poverty. This initiative includes renovating a dilapidated school, drilling of water wells, provision of primary health care, medicines and medical equipment, eye glass clinics and mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria, Africa’s number #1 killer.  Attached is a more detailed outline of our projects and the costs associated with their completion.

Previous Rotary Ghana mission projects were made possible through generous donations from individuals and organizations who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. Last year, we raised in excess of $200,000 in contributions and over $50,000 in donations-in-kind to ensure the success of our projects.

We are fully aware that there are many great causes right here in our region which are worthy of your generosity, and of course we support many of these ourselves. However, we have witnessed first-hand the tremendous impact that even modest investments, along with care and attention, can have upon the lives of underprivileged African children.

We hope that you can help us with our mission to enhance the lives of these children and their families by making a donation to this upcoming Rotary mission. Please make your donation payable to “The Rotary Club of Essex Foundation” and forward your contribution to Kim Spirou, 1321 Ottawa St., Windsor, ON, N8X 2E9, or you may make a pledge on line.
Charitable income tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

With deepest gratitude,

Kim Spirou
Team Leader for 2017 Rotary Mission to Ghana, Africa

Soles for Souls in Africa

August, 2017
WANTED: Soles for Souls in Africa

(Windsor, ON) Most children in Africa lack the basic necessities of life that we take for granted here in Canada. Families in Ghana live in extreme poverty and struggle daily just to survive. According to Rotarian Kim Spirou many children in Ghana do not have shoes and sadly this means they cannot attend school.

Football, better known locally as soccer, is a passion that keeps the children of Ghana’s spirits alive and serves as a distraction from their struggles. Unfortunately, a shortage of equipment threatens this activity. Armed with a list of ambitious goals, this year’s Rotary team aims to help solve these dilemmas and more.

This November a group of 14 volunteers will participate, at their own expense, in a Rotary humanitarian mission to Ghana. During this mission the team will provide children with shoes and soccer equipment including uniforms. The team also plans to build a school and drill four fresh water wells. The team will also work in medical clinics and hospitals and provide mosquito nets to pregnant and nursing mothers and their children to protect them from the scourge of malaria – an often fatal disease.

The team is seeking donations of new or gently used running shoes for ages 2-18, soccer uniforms, soccer balls (deflated), baseball caps, and t-shirts. Cash donations are also appreciated and cheques should be made payable to the Rotary Club of Essex. Donations can be delivered to 1321 or 1317 Ottawa Street, during business hours.


In cooperation with Herby Curby, drop donations in a blue Herby Curby recycle bin at:
• Spirou & Associates, 1321 Ottawa St, Windsor
• Salon Brush, 1317 Ottawa St, Windsor
• Rivertown Times Office, 67 Richmond St., Amherstburg
• Essex Walk-in Clinic 186 Talbot St. S. Essex ON

For further information, please contact Alex at 519.253.0111 or Kim Spirou at 519.551.3747.

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