Ruth Mathieson and Al Koudsi, members of our International Service Committee forward this news release from Lebanon on a project at the School of the Blind and Deaf.  Funds from the Rotary Club of Belleville helped with this project and our name is mentioned in the news release.
Baabda, Lebanon: Within the scope of humanitarian mission, the Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan (Primary Host Sponsor) and the Rotary Club of South Bunberry, West Australia D9465 (Primary International Partner) with contributions from RC Beirut Center; RC Reno, Nevada; RC Belleville, Ontario ; RC Waikiki, Hawaii; RC San Mateo, California; Mounzer Foundation, helped provide the following equipment: Perkins Brailler, Braille Paper, Genset Cummins 135 KVA Generator, Musical Instruments and Sign Language Training. The Lebanese School of the Blind and the Deaf (LSBD) was represented by its Chairperson Ms. Laure Doumit and the School Principal Mrs. Marie Rose Gemayel. RCBC and RC Beirut Center were represented by their respective Presidents and fellow members. Dr. Zaki Dorkham, Past District Governor of District 9465, (2008-2009), represented RC South Bunberry.  This event was marked by a musical performance by the blind students choir followed by a technical demonstration of the equipment donated. The school administration, in a heart warming message, emphasized the importance of the partnership established between Rotary and LSBD, a partnership that helped cover the needs of the school and helped light up the students’ world.  Speeches by RCBC President Rabab Safieddine, and Dr. Zaki Dorkham highlighted the Rotary spirit of service that spans the globe and the importance of international and local partnerships to help dreams become reality.