Posted on Aug 19, 2019
DG Trevor Blake and AG Rita Merkies-Groothuizen visited Aruba on August 19, 2019. 

DG Trevor Blake visits Aruba

Casa Cuna Progreso
 The official visit of DG Trevor Blake started early in the morning at "Stichting Casa Cuna Progreso". Stichting Casa Cuna Progreso is a foundation that  offers a foster home facility for children. It is a 24/7 facility for children of up to 8 years, who (temporarily) can no longer live at home due to, for example neglect, sexual abuse or physical abuse.
Moreover, Casa Cuna also provides guidance to the parents/foster parents of these children. 
Casa Cuna is in the process of expanding its facility to house teenage moms and their children. The Rotary Club of Aruba supports Casa Cuna with this project and has donated funds to help them get this facility off the ground. Rotarian Ferdinand and Leon are actively involved in this project providing oversight on the disbursement of funds. 
DG Trevor and ADG Rita received a tour of the facilities accompanied by President America, Secretary Emilie, and Fellow Rotarians Diego, Ferdinand and Leon. 

Kibrahacha 60+

The second project on the schedule was a visit to Kibrahacha 60+. The foundation was established on the initiative of the Rotary Club of Aruba back in 1983. In 1985 the foundation opened its doors to provide services for the elderly on Aruba. Members of Kibrahacha 60+ can enjoy the following services: Transportation to and from location, dance and exercise classes, internet and social media training, arts & crafts activities and more. Up until today the foundation receives funds from the Rotary Club of Aruba. Rotarians are also part of the board of the foundation.

The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mrs. Evelyne Wever-Croes, also attended the presentation of Kibrahacha. Afterwards an informative tour was given to our DG and ADG of the facilities.



YMCA was also founded as an initiative of the Rotary Club of Aruba. DG Trevor and all present received a presentation by the General Secretary (Director) of YMCA. A tour of the facilities was arranged for the DG and ADG to give an impression of the different advantages this can provide to the youth. Rotarians play an active role within the foundation by being part of the board. YMCA receives annual monetary support from the Rotary Club of Aruba.




Lunch with the Board of Directors

The morning program ended with a lunch with the Board of Directors at Windows Restaurant. During this lunch meeting President America and her board enlightened the DG with the Board plans and projects for the Rotary year 2019-20.





General Meeting

DG Trevor attended the Monday General Meeting and elaborated on the plans of District 7030 for the Rotary year. The General Meeting was a fellowship night where Rotarians were joined by partners in service as well as Rotaractors and Interactors.


The Rotary Club of Aruba was pleased to have DG Trevor and ADG Rita on the island. Thank you to all Rotarians to make this visit a reality and success.