|Gulf Shores-Orange Beach Rotary donates to Lunches for Learning|
December 21, 2013 - Orange Beach, AL (OBA) — Ron Hicks started his drive from Montgomery at 5 a.m. where his group is based in order to speak to the Gulf Shores Orange Beach Rotary Club on Thursday. If that didn’t show his dedication his presentation surely did.
The attraction to this charitable operation started when the motorcycle group he was riding with were traveling through Central America. He particularly noted to prominent poverty of the small Honduras villages along the border with Guatemala, and Belize. Noting that there seemed to be coupled low earning power of the people he confirmed this with the fact that daily earning for a family is between one and two dollars a day. He defined “poverty” as not knowing in advance what they would eat the next day. More important was the observation that the kids spent so much time groveling for food that there was no time for school. He noted the cycle of illiteracy without it is assured. (Pictured are Rotary President Bryant Ellis, right, presenting check to Ron Hicks).
The program in the early villages is now more than six years old. The success of the low cost venture enables the villagers to help prepare the limited food they provided to have one meal a day for the children. This greatly improved attendance. The mothers who live nearby take turns to do the cooking without charge. Once every two weeks is the typical cycle.
Summary of the result is that after six years (the period of a grammar school to graduation) Now 15 out of 16 are graduating. Compared with only three to five before their program it is quite dramatic. They take encouragement from that and do want to expand the program to more villages.
The Gulf Shores - Orange Beach Rotary Club gave Ron a check for $250 toward the program. Considering that $15 feeds one child a meal each school day for a month spreads very well.
The Club appreciated Ron’s good presentation and he the contribution to this successful charity. The Rotary Clubs of the Montgomery area are the good supporters that has kept the Lunches for Learning initiative.