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Rotary Clubs Remain Committed to Rebuilding Quake-Ravaged Haiti
Date:1/10/2011

EVANSTON, Ill., Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the year since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Rotary clubs in Haiti and around the world have launched and supported projects to help the country rebuild and recover.

And as the New Year began, Rotary clubs started a $200,000 initiative to implement cholera prevention programs in response to the recent outbreak of the waterborne disease.

Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed more than $2 million to a special fund with an emphasis on Rotary projects that address the issues of education, sustainable housing and the need for prosthetics limbs. To date, 53 projects have been approved for funding, a majority of them education-related. Haitian Rotary clubs help identify local needs and assist in coordinating and overseeing the projects.

Barry Rassin, a Rotary leader from the Bahamas and a Haiti Earthquake Relief fund manager, says that when donated supplies and services are factored in -- including emergency relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake -- Rotary clubs have provided more than $18 million in aid to Haiti.

The first project completed from the special fund list was the earthquake-proof reconstruction of six classrooms at Ecole St. Famille, an elementary school in the city of Les Cayes in southern Haiti. Total cost was $122,000, including contributions from Rotary clubs throughout the Caribbean. The project benefits more than 300 students at the school, long supported by the local Rotary Club of Les Cayes.

"We decided that whatever we do in Haiti must help improve sustainability and build capacity," said Richard McCombe, also a Rotary member from the Bahamas, noting that even the prosthetic limbs project being set up in the town of Pignon in northern Haiti builds capacity by providing job training to local workers to produce and fit light-weight, low-cost artificial limbs. The $550,000 project --- also supported by The Rot
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