Many Thanks to Donors Supporting World Service ‘Hand in Hand’ Projects

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Little ones receive nutritious meals thanks to those who donate to Hand in Hand Projects – Photo submitted by Quota International of Manila.

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. – Mother Teresa

Washington, DC, May 2017 – Many of our best friends are Quotarians.  They have hearts of gold and are always looking out for each other.  Whenever they hear of someone who needs help, they let them know that we are here for them.  This is true in our local communities and around the world.  In 2017-2018

Changing Lives Around the World

Quota International’s World Service projects began in 1983 with the Quota Home for Abandoned and Destitute Women in New Delhi, India.  Over the past 30 years, Quota Clubs have hosted International Women’s Day Celebrations, international festivals, and public awareness events raising over $1 million to fund World Service projects helping children living in poverty in two dozen towns and villages.  Special thanks go to the following clubs who donated during the past year to support projects improving Health and Wellbeing, Educational Development, and Workforce Development:

Super Star Donors $1,000+ USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Narooma
  • Canada: Quota International of Weyburn
  • United States: Quota International of Baton Rouge, Central Oregon, Gridley, Kent Valley, Massillon, Minneapolis, and Morro Bay

Gold Star Donors $500 – $999 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Beenleigh, Jimboomba, Redcliffe, Sandgate, Temora, and Whitsunday
  • Canada: Quota International of Estevan
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Opotiki
  • United States: Quota International of Cupertino, Estes Park, Wilmington, and Wooster

Silver Star Donors $200 – $499 USD:

  • Aruba: Quota International of Aruba
  • Australia: Quota International of Alstonville/Wollongbar, Brisbane City, Bundaberg, Caloundra, Camden Haven, Canberra, Casino, Coffs Harbour, Forster Tuncurry, Gloucester, Gold Coast, Coulburn, Lower Clarence, Macarthur, North Lakes, Sydney, and Tweed Heads/Coolangata
  • Canada: Quota International of Mariposa, Owen Sound, and Penticton
  • New Zealand: Quota International of Papakura, and Whakatane
  • United States: Quota International of Beckley, Canton, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Rapids, Lake County, Lawrence, Mountain View/Los Altos, New Haven, Paradise, and Shenango Valley

Bronze Star Donors $100 – $199 USD:

  • Australia: Quota International of Batemans Bay, Brisbane South, Buderim, Campbelltown, Cobden, Coolum Beach, Coonamble, Geelong, Gladstone, Glen Innes, Lithgow, Maleny, Maryborough, Orange, Taree, Thuringowa, Walcha, and Wimmera
  • Canada: Quota International of Grey Bruce, Estevan, Huronia, Ottowa, and Wainwright
  • New Zealand:  Quota International of Rotorua
  • United States: Quota International of Andover, Coral Springs/Parkland, Freeport, Iosco County, Kirksville, Klamath Falls, Lorain, Northside Atlanta, Platteville, Preston County, Salisbury, Tacoma, and West Monroe

Additional Clubs supporting World Service projects include: Quota International of Bathurst, Carindale, Gympie, Kingaroy, Kyogle, Port Macquarie, Quirindi, Townsville, and Wynnum Manly in Australia.  Quota International of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Quota International of Ohope in New Zealand, and Quota International of Legazpi-Mayon in the Philippines.  Quota International of Bethlehem, Candlewood Valley, Harrisonburg, Holyoke JQs, Jackson, Johnstown, Kenosha-Racine, Salem, and West Memphis in the United States.

During the past year, 111 Quota Clubs and 2 Junior Quota Clubs gave to the World Service Hand in Hand World Service Projects.  Your generosity inspires us and changes lives for children around the world.

Click here to donate and change a life

Every donation makes a difference for children who live in poverty.


Health and Wellbeing projects create safer and healthier environments for children living in poverty often without electricity or running water. Quota members fill in the gaps providing diagnostic equipment, screenings for health, hearing, and vision, vaccinations and emergency care, and supplies for medical centers including fans and medication. When mothers are in prison, children receive clothing and uniforms, nutritious school lunches, meals at day care centers, and a place to put their head at night.

Educational Development projects ensure that basic schooling needs are met. Quota Members arrange transportation, donate school supplies, build adaptive classrooms, and provide salaries for teachers to ensure that all children have what they need to grow into the leaders of tomorrow.

Workforce Development projects provide sound beginnings for women, and youth who are deaf or hard of hearing. Quotarians promote long-term independence and self-reliance offering a range of opportunities from sign language and braille lessons, to educational classes, and vocational training with the trades, and also small business loans.

Click here to donate and change a life


Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Announcing Convention Day Tours to Virginia Wine Country & Historic Annapolis

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Photo by Werner Sevenster on Unsplash

Northern Virginia Wine Country Day Tour
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$120 USD
Space is limited. Must be 21 years or older.

Click here to register for the Wine Country Day Tour

Come spend the day exploring two award winning wineries in Historic Leesburg, Virginia with your fellow Quotarians.  Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northern Virginia as you set off for two private tastings at wineries of different flavors. A tasting typically consists of 8-10 wines and a light lunch will consist of sandwich fare and snacks.

Zephaniah Farm Winery: Start the day being picked up from the Capital Hilton at 9:00 am.  We’ll head to our first stop in Northern Virginia, Zephaniah Farm Winery, where we will be treated to a special vineyard tour, seated tasting, and lunch in the garden or on the porch.  Zephaniah is a family-owned winery farming on the land since 1950 introducing the planting of grapes 16 years ago.  Zephaniah was recently named one of the top 25 wineries in the United States.

Stone Tower Winery: The second stop at Stone Tower Winery is set atop Hogback Mountain on 306 exquisite acres with 75 beautiful acres of vineyards to walk through. Here we’ll get to see the life of a grape, from the harvest all the way to the end product, the unique experience of tasting wines beside the vines and barrels from which they were created.  After a festive, relaxing day, we’ll return to the Capital Hilton by 4:00 pm.

PRICING: Trip includes transportation, tastings, and lunch $120 USD per person.  Guests must be 21+ and the tour is non-refundable.  Click here to register for the Wine Country Day Tour.

VisitAnnapolisHistoric Annapolis Day Tour
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
$60 USD
Space is limited.

Click here to register for the Historic Annapolis Day Tour

Annapolis is the state of Maryland’s capital city located on the Chesapeake Bay, its historic district populated by quaint 18th century housing filled with restaurants and shopping.

Come explore it’s charming waterfront, kicking off the day with a private 60-minute Historic Annapolis Trolley Tour! There are more 18th-century brick homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation, making a trip to Annapolis a true walk down memory lane. After the trolley tour from 9:30 am – 10:30 am, enjoy the afternoon shopping and lunch on your own.

Visitor Center

Stop by the Visitors Center at 26 West Street in Annapolis. Located in the city’s Historic District, the center is within easy walking distance from every point of interest in downtown Annapolis. The center’s location is a great starting point, while our helpful volunteers are a great resource for things to do, events happening in the area, suggestions, and much more.

The satellite Visitor Information Booth at City Dock, located at Ego Alley at City Dock, is a great place to learn about boat and walking tours, picking up a map, and touching base for recommendations on accommodations, restaurants, shopping, and attractions.

With the AnnapolisNOW app you can discover Annapolis in the palm of your hand. Download the app today on iTunes or Google Play. Whether visiting Annapolis, AnnapolisNOW AppMaryland for the first time or returning to discover something new, this app created by Visit Annapolis and Anne Arundel County can help you plan and make the most of your visit to Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay. Find information on local history, museums, shopping, restaurants, entertainment, lodging, land and water tours, the U.S. Naval Academy, art galleries and weekly events and festivals.

PRICING: Trip includes transportation, and private 60-minute trolley tour $60 USD per person. Click here to register for the Historic Annapolis Day Tour.

Junior Quotarians set to Inspire Members at Convention

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The Quota Club of Beenleigh, Queensland, Australia is energize by their active Junior Quotarian mentorship program – Photo submitted by Past International President Karen Murphy

Washington, DC, April 17th, 2018 – Junior Quotarians are an inspiration to more than 30 Quota Clubs and communities in five countries.  The spotlight will be on these young leaders during the International Convention.

Junior Quotarian Presentations
General Meeting
Wednesday, July 11th
9:30 am – 10:00 am

We want to include your Junior Quota Club.

Please email staff@quota.org if you have a Junior Quotarian (JQ) program in your club and approximately how many students are in your program.

If your Junior Quotarians are planning to come to convention and haven’t signed up yet, please let us know so we can include you in the JQ portion of the program.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

 

 

Special students receive nutri-meals and education from Hand in Hand grant

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Washington, DC, March 22nd – Children at the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf in Iloilo, Philippines receive extra special care thanks to Quota Members of Iloilo and donations from the Hand in Hand program.

Established in 1998 by members of Quota International of Iloilo, the Leganes Resource Center for the Deaf provides grade school curriculum for hearing impaired students and daily nutritional meals for severely malnourished children from the community.

Quota members in Iloilo and from around the world ensure that families of students attending the Resource Center do not have to pay for school fees, books, materials, uniforms, or enrichment experiences.  Transportation is also provided for those who have no other way to get to the Resource Center.  The Resource Center also offers nutritious meals to combat the effects of malnutrition that many students face.  Daily meals are provided to students who would otherwise go home hungry.

“children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future”

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Quotarians in Pampanga believe that children with special needs will be able to maximize their potentials and be ready to face the future step to high school level with self-confidence and determination with donations from the Hand in Hand program. Pampanga HIH FY17 library

Nearly 300 children from 7-13 years of age receive specialized education at the San Fernando Elementary School in Pampanga.  The school has special teachers trained to work with children who are intellectually disabled (53 boys/74 girls), deaf or hearing impaired (40 boys/45 girls), autistic (51 boys/11 girls), and visually impaired (5 boys/10 girls).

The school eases the concern of families who face the dilemma of finding special schools that can educate their children providing support for special conditions and are not congested.  While the San Fernanado Elementary School has deaf-mute students, it is not currently equipped with the basic tools for a conducive learning center and environment.  With the help and support from big-hearted donors and donations to the Hand in Hand program, Quota members in Pampanga will ensure these students will receive the basic support that’s responsive to their special needs for better learning

Members of Quota International of Pampanga provide students with school supplies, library resources, celebration parties, treats, and multi-vitamins.  For their new Recreational Center, a new kitchen counter, kitchen sink, tiled flooring, and window screening have already been installed and the restroom renovated.  The Hand in Hand grant ($2,000 USD) will fund additional items needed: a 2-burner gas stove/range/small oven, pots and pans, kitchen tools and mixing bowls, prep utensils and kitchen gadgets, cutting boards, utensils for cooking, baking, and serving, and baking ingredients.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Quotarians never stop helping children. Thank you for all you do.

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Deaf students receive workforce training from Hand in Hand grants

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Washington, DC, March 9th, 2018 – Not all deaf students have the opportunity to continue their high school or college education. While schools in the Philippines provide basic reading, writing, and other academic subjects, the Mandaue City Central Integrated SPED School (MCCISS) offers its 147 deaf students special Vocational Training programs.  This is thanks to members of Quota International of Mandaue. Vocational skills lead to jobs that provide a good livelihood.

Vocational training classes include:
Sewing, Hair Dressing, Carpentry, Basic Electric Skills
Baking and Cooking, Weaving, and Candle Making

This $2,000 USD Hand in Hand grant funded by Quota International members from around the world will focus on the upgrade and repair of the machines and tools purchased with previous Hand in Hand grant monies.  The school will also receive new edition reference books and materials and a stipend for any short-term trainers that may be needed i.e. hairdressing – straightening, coloring, curling, etc.


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Quotarians from the Manila South Club have formed a partnership to provide special programs and services to deaf children ages 5-20 through the Sergia Esguerra Memorial Foundation Inc (SEMFI).  Established in 1990 through the Philippine Institute for the Deaf, SEMFI is a non-profit institution that provides speech and language development, academic skills and other psycho-social needs for hearing impaired children.

To comply with the Department of Education, SEMFI is seeking to enhance the school’s technical and vocational program for students 15-20 years old, to provide them with competencies needed to function and succeed after graduating. These skills are in three categories: self-care and domestic living; communication and social skills; and academic, vocational and livelihood training – all vital toward independent functioning and active community participation. This is because of Quotarians.

Previous Hand in Hand grants from Quotarians helped set up of the school’s Computer and Science Laboratory in 2015-2016. This new grant of $2,000 USD to the Quota International of Manila South’s Hand in Hand project will provide proper tools and equipment for sewing, cooking/baking, and gardening in the Home Economics and Livelihood Education house model: one freezer unit, dining table and chairs, buffet servers, plates, glasses and cutleries, one large oven, a preparation table, an electric mixers, pots and pans and pressure cooker, three sewing machines with sewing kits and accessories, plant boxes, rakes, and tools, and a label printer and paper.  These laboratories are used year round every day by 40 students from grades 4-12.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Thank you Quotarians in the Philippines and across the globe. 

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Hand in Hand is changing lives for Filipino mothers and babies

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Grant monies support the BF Homes Health Center offering free medical services to the poorest of the poor mothers and babies in Parañaque.

HIH Paranaque FY 2017Washington, DC, March 1st, 2018 – Quotarians in Parañaque, Philippines, ensure better health and well being creating sound beginnings for the people living in Barangay BF Homes in Parañaque.  Through ongoing support of the BF Homes Health Center, members of Quota International of Parañaque are able to provide things that are needed. This includes everything from pediatric medicine and supplements for babies and school children of the nearby De la Rama Primary School ages to dental supplies including anesthesia and post-dental analgesics and antibiotics, and vitamin supplements for young pregnant girls. With the limited budget from the local government, the City Health Office is unable to provide for all the needs of 109,000 poor residents of this community. Quota International is there to pick up the slack!

A few years ago, when a typhoon severely damaged the Health Center, Quotarians provided funding for urgent renovations of the building. The doctor’s clinic, dental, and pre-natal care section and nurses’ office were painted and 4 brand new air conditioning units and new toilets were installed. An outside toilet was also constructed for use by TB patients only to prevent contamination to non-TB patients especially babies and children.

HIH Paranaque IIThese new grant monies ($2,000 USD) will be used to purchase a wide range of medical supplies. It will cover the costs of medicines for regular medical/dental missions, electric fans for the waiting room, construct additional benches for patients to be able to sit outside, and construct additional cabinets for the records room.

The Parañaque club is able to do all of this from Quotarians like you who donate to the Hand in Hand programs. Even the smallest things make the biggest difference, thank you for helping to fill in these gaps.

Quotarians are changing lives.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

Thank you for allowing me to be part of Quota. 

Grace Caldwell
Foundation Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation

Hand in Hand grants build better classrooms in the Philippines

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Quota members in Davao, Philippines are excited to receive funding for a new classroom.

Washington, DC, February 27th, 2018 – Quota International’s We Share Foundation has awarded two of its Hand in Hand grants to fund Educational Development in the Philippines.

The Davao City Quota club (photo above) will use the $2,000 USD grant to build a Davao City HIH Project Memberskindergarten classroom at the Mariano Ciriaco Elementary School in Shrine Hills of the Matina District. Currently the kindergartners share a classroom with students in Grade 4 with a sheet of plywood separating the two classes, Quota is about to change that.  Other grants to this project have funded the classroom renovations and a toilet and also funded schoolbags and school supplies for 28-32 kindergarten students every year.  Quotarians also pay a portion of school lunches, donate school supplies and hygiene kits, and sponsor the Jollibee Christmas party in December. Special thanks goes to Jewelry Express, Integrated Clinics of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Inc. and Escalante Construction and Engineering Services, Inc. for their support. Quota International of Davao City is really changing lives.

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Over the past five years, Quota Members from the Metro Cebu club have been renovating classrooms for special education students.  This $2,000 USD grant will support renovations at the Pardo SPED School in Pardo, Bulacao, Cebu City.  The students range in age from 5 years old to 28 years old with ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental handicaps.  Because of this funding, the school will be able to replace rotted walls and leaky roofs, give the walls a fresh coat of paint, and also add a new playroom. The school may also be able to add a brand new classroom kitchen, if the budget permits. Children learn in environments they thrive in, thank you for creating this environment, Metro Cebu.

Quotarians around the world donate their time and money everyday. While this would be impossible without donations to the We Share Foundation and the hundreds of Quota clubs who donate to the World Service Hand in Hand program every year; it would be impossible to leave out the on-the-ground teams of Quota International of Metro Cebu and Quota International of Davao City. They are amazing groups changing lives in the Philippines everyday.

For more information on World Service Hand in Hand projects click here.

 

Thank you. 

Grace Caldwell
Programs Lead,
Quota International, Inc.
We Share Foundation