Welcoming Molly Tabaro (left) to Putnam are Rotarians Mary Keely, Chet Marshall, Bob Keely and Don Broyles.<
Divine Secondary School of Entebbe
June 2, 2009
Molly Tabaro , cofounder of the Divine Secondary School in Entebbe, came personally today to thank the local community for continuing assistance for the 138 children under her care.
Speaking to Putnam Rotarians, Tabaro said the recently installed water project brought the greatest smiles to the faces of the children.
Putnam had joined with the Vandalia Rotary Club and Poca Baptist Church to install a 10,000 litre water tank at the school in Uganda.
The system provides safe drinking water to the school.
Putnam's Chet Marshall had visited the school in the course of a lecture tour four years ago, and saw women carrying water in five-gallon containers from a nearby lake. "The children at the school had to do this, too," said Marshall, "sometimes several times each day."
The Divine Secondary School was started in 2003. There were nearly two million orphans from an AIDS epidemic which was speeping the African nation. Molly and her husband Remmy Tabaro began taking children into their home.
"When we started this school," Molly told the group, "we didn't have books; we had nothing."
Where they had desks, children were sitting two to a desk. Others sat on the floor.
After they had acquired books and more desks, said Tabaro, "that school was really shining.
"And when the Minister of Education came to school later, he said, 'You are OK. Continue with this project.'"
The greatest needs for the school as it continued to grow were the basics of food and shelter.
The Putnam solution was the chicken house project, a unique double-barrelled plan to provide food, funding and shelter all in a single grant coordinated through the Rotary Club of Entebbe and "Smile Uganda."
"Now the boys have a big dormatory," said Tabaro. In addition, they have learned how to raise chickens for food and profit.
Future projects for the school include equipment for vocational training so that when students leave the school, said Tabaro, "they will be able to start their own small industry to make a living."