Computers for Honduras

Krystle Wagner • Feb 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Local Rotarians carefully documented serial numbers and wrapped computers in bubble wrap on Monday afternoon.

About 120 computers were prepared for shipment to Honduras as part of the Rotary Club of Grand Haven’s efforts to get the educational tools to students.

Grand Haven Area Public Schools donated the computers, which were older units that had been taken out of circulation and stored in the school district’s warehouse, explained GHAPS Technology Director Brian Wheeler.

For the past 14 years, Gernot Runschke, past-president of the Rotary Club of Grand Haven and incoming foundation chairman for Rotary International, has been involved in building water systems in the villages of northeastern Honduras. In February 2018, he visited the area because they are finishing a grant written to remodel a hospital.

Runschke said he shipped 120 water closets, lavatories, shower heads and 7,000 linear feet of flex piping to the region. Now, it’s a full-service hospital, he said.

During the visit, the mayor of Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras, and other Rotarians inquired about finding computers for the schools. Runschke reached out to GHAPS for assistance.

“We’re trying to get those kids educated,” Runschke said, “because, through education, I think we get a peaceful world.”

The mayor of Santa Rosa de Copan is working with a company to pay for the shipment, Runschke said.

Today, Runschke plans to load the boxes and drive them to Ohio, where they will go into a container for shipment.

It will take about two months for the shipment to arrive at a seaport in Central America. From there, the items will be trucked to Santa Rosa de Copan.

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