‘Safi’ Project Q&A
We have a lot of prospects tonight who are not yet familiar with Rotary International. Can you just explain what a global grant from Rotary International is?
There is a global grant program run by Rotary International from the US, that one can apply for. It was successfully obtained for the Lebanon project, a past project of Rotary Genève International. There’s quite strict criterias, and we would like to apply with this project. The biggest challenge is how to measure the success of a project when its goal is to transmit knowledge.
How and where would the funding be used?
It would be used to pay trainers on site and consultants (60% of the budget). The other time of spending would be activities and workshops (material, location renting), tree planting, beach cleanups... Almost 95% of the budget will be spent in Tanzania.
Is this project a pilot to be applied to other places later on?
No, this project is not a pilot, as it is quite hard to obtain the global grant from RI and we really had to tailor it to local policies in place in Tanzania, work with the NGO, etc. But if this project works, I am confident there are many lessons that can be used to create similar projects in other parts of the world.
How do you plan on creating the link with local politicians?
Thankfully, the local NGO already did it, and benefited from a great visibility by advocating politically for the Plastic bag ban.
Are there any Rotaract or Interact clubs on site that could be active in the project?
I have not checked yet, it would be of interest and its probable as South Africa has a very dense Rotary network. (End of QA)