Rotary After Hours has made a significant commitment to improving literacy in La Crosse. With that mission underway, the Club is excited to expand its efforts internationally.
The Rotary Club of La Crosse – After Hours is excited to grow its service efforts to support communities locally AND internationally. The Club is partnering with Global Partners of Gundersen Health System for our next international project. A portion of the proceeds from the 2016 Ugly Sweater 5K will help fund a women’s health project in the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua. The program will assist in the early diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, the major killer of women under the age of 50 in Nicaragua.
In 2016, the Club was able to provide materials and supplies for an English as a Second Language program in Potrerillos Arriba, Panama.
In 2015, the Club was able to complete the building of 3 classrooms for the Patewo Primary Schools in Tororo, Uganda in Africa. The Club was also able to provide new bicycles, desks, textbooks, sporting equipment and school supplies for the school. With these three new classrooms, 700 students and nine teachers now have one classroom per grade. And at the end of last school year, for the first time ever, 100% of the students in the highest grade in the primary school, passed all of their classes and moved on to secondary school.
Locally, the Club continues to support the school district of La Crosse, provides scholarships for students at Rotary Youth Leaderships (RYLA), and creates Free Little Libraries for children in the city of La Crosse.