Kayongo and Casto
Putnam's Dianna Casto visits the Uganda orphanage with Entebbe Rotary's Jeff Kayongo.
'Do You Wanta Uganda?'
Rotary reviews its 'international project'

November 22, 2011

Chet Marshall apologized to Putnam Rotarians today. Dianna Casto had planned to tell the group about her visit last year to the Divine Secondary School in the east African republic of Uganda. But Casto had been sidetracked by a severe cold.

"She was going to wear traditional African dress," said Marshall, "complete with a basket of fruit balanced on her head.

"But you'll just have to settle for me," he told the group.

Marshall visited the residential school nearly seven years ago during a management leadership seminar in Uganda. Marshall at that time bought books for the school, and pledged to match any donations by Putnam Rotary or individual club members.

The club responded by adopting the school as an "international project."

In spring of 2007, a grant of $5,000 was made to the Ugandan school to purchase baby chicks and to build a shelter for the poultry. With ingenuity born of necessity, the shelter was utilized as a dormitory after the chicks had matured.

At last report, the chickens were providing food and income at the rate of 600 eggs per day, and the children gained additional living space while learning important life lessons in poultry management and marketing.

Another grant in 2009 provided clean water for the children at the Divine Secondary School. Putnam Rotary was joined in the installation of a 10,000-litre water tank with donations by Charleston's Vandalia Rotary Club and Poca Baptist Church.

Dianna Casto last year visited the school in Uganda, and Mollie Tabaro the school's founder and director visited the Putnam club.

Tabaro has joined Entebbe Rotary where she works with Jeff Kayongo, a fellow club member who represents Putnam in its projects at the Divine Secondary School.

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