One of the projects our Rotary Club’s International Committee was involved with earlier this year, was an Outdoor Musical Instrument Installation Project in the Dominican Republic.

The purpose of this project was to improve the lives of poor and disadvantaged people living in the Puerto Plata region through the installation of an outdoor xylophone.

The xylophone was purchased in Canada, then shipped to the Dominican Republic and installed in the village of Pancho Mateo by Rotarians during an international service mission that took place between January 15 and February 5, 2020.

HHART (Hispaniola Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Team) is the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach’s international service team. HHART was the cooperating organization. Its Rotary members were the ones who cared for, helped install and trained the local custodian.

Between 1,800 and 2,000 people will benefit from this project. All members of the community, young and old, can play with and enjoy the xylophone. This musical instrument installation will bring joy and a greater sense of cooperation, and improve the musical literacy of those who choose to play or watch and listen to others playing the instrument.