Rotary’s cash boost for children’s charity

Childreach Internationals Lynne Duthie, Joy Grenyer and Wendy Avery with International Officer and Rotarian Martin Macray and President Tore Skjaerstad.
Childreach Internationals Lynne Duthie, Joy Grenyer and Wendy Avery with International Officer and Rotarian Martin Macray and President Tore Skjaerstad.

A charity supporting children around the world has outlined its work to Whitley Bay Rotary Club.

As part of Rotary’s International Month, volunteers from Children Nepal, part of Childreach International, talked about their work supporting children in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the UK.

Joy Grenyer, Lynne Duthie and Wendy Avery explained their vision and how they were helping children unlock their potential in life by improving access to healthcare, education and child protection.

Joy said their current fundraising campaign – Taught Not Trafficked – was to enable them to raise £2,500 to build a single earthquake-proof classroom in Nepal.

She said: “Children who had lost homes, schools and family members were forced into sex work, domestic work and other forms of exploitation and abuse. Rebuilding classrooms in remote mountain villages is just the beginning of preventing this trade from happening.’’

Whitley Bay Rotary Club donated £900 to the project.

President Tore Skjaerstad said: “By helping to fund this project, Rotary is not just enabling the construction of a classroom, but taking part in a much bigger and longer term project to keep these children safe for the future.

“Educating families, teachers, and local authorities on the dangers of trafficking, is a vital part of that plan.”