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Nine members of the Rotary Club of Chemainus are currently in Guatemala working with local people to improve living conditions. The group includes: Shelley Rouse, Len Lavender, Daphne Carlyle, Ellen Lavender, Tom Andrews, Colleen Davy, Joan Takenaka, Butch Takenaka and photographer Art Carlyle.
CHEMAINUS – Nine members of the Chemainus Rotary Club have arrived in Guatemala where they will spend two weeks helping people in that troubled Central American country.
The group left the Island on Saturday, Feb. 22 but didn’t make it to Guatemala until Monday due to an unexpected delay that forced them to spend a night in Houston.
It didn’t take long for the Rotarians to observe that Guatemala is a country of striking contrasts. “Stepping out of the van Sunday night we were all struck by the amazing beauty of this place,” Art Carlyle wrote in a blog.
“We met colourful happy people and extremely sad people, busy entrepreneurs and people who have absolutely nothing. As the day progressed we all began to discover what wonderful , caring and hard working people live here. We each also had stories at the end of the day that made us want to get to work to see what we could do.”
The volunteers will be working with local people in San Antonio Palopo improving the dwellings of women and children. They’ll be repairing roofs and building bed frames since many of the people sleep on wet floors.
Members of the group are paying all their own travel expenses including lodging and meals. Visit the Rotary blog at: http://chemainusrotaryteam. wordpress.com/ to keep up with the daily progress of the Rotarians.