Navigation Links
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 Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs in the United Kingdom -- will benefit about 4,000 quake survivors and others in need of prostheses.

McCombe says Rotary was particularly well suited to help in Haiti's recovery with more than 30 humanitarian and educational projects already underway on the island before the earthquake.

For example, Rotary clubs in Minnesota have been active in safe water projects in Haiti since 2000. That involvement in turn spawned a Rotary club partnership with an established charity, Haiti Outreach Inc., to build new schools in central Haiti. The La Victoire Public Secondary School opened in October, thanks to $180,000 raised by the Minnesota clubs.

The Minnesota clubs are commemorating the one-year anniversary of the earthquake on Saturday, Jan. 15 with a fundraiser to support construction of a second school. The Deep Freeze Dunk -- in which Rotary members and supporters will plunge into frigid Fish Lake in the Minneapolis suburb of Maple Grove -- is set for 1 p.m.  "Since we know it's really hot in Haiti, we thought we'd use the contrast and capitalize on the cold here in Minnesota," says Patrick Joyce, of the Minneapolis City of Lakes Rotary Club.

Likewise, Rotary clubs in the Baton Rouge, La., area have been working with the charity Mission Haiti Inc. to install water wells in Haiti, and had completed a well just weeks before the earthquake. They are now raising $150,000 for two more wells and repairs to damaged schools. A key supporter is Ret. U.S. Army Gen. Russel Honore, who commanded Joint Task Force Katrina and recently joined the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge.

ShelterBox, shelterbox.org, a UK-based disaster relief charity supported by Rotary clubs has provided more than 28,000 tent shelters to displaced Haitians -- enough to benefit nearly 280,000 people -- about a quarter of all temporary shelters deployed, according to the UN Shelter Cluster. "The response to the earthquake was our biggest, longest and most complex deployment to date," says ShelterBox Founder Tom Henderson. "It began 12 minutes after the earthquake and continues one year later."

Rassin says the key to Rotary's impact in Haiti is the participation of members of Haiti's 18 Rotary clubs. "None of this could have been done if the Rotarians in Haiti did not do their part," says Rassin. "I am proud to be able to work with the Rotarians in Haiti."

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary's global membership is approximately 1.2 million men and women who belong to more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.  To learn more visit: rotary.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Rotary International
Copyright©2010 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Demand for Spanish-Language Cancer Web Materials Quadruples; Internet Resources and Access Remain Scarce
2. Organ Donor Shortage Remains Obstacle for Would-Be Transplant Patients Despite Better Medicine
3. Influenza Vaccination Rates Among Health Care Personnel Remain Well Below National Goal
4. Resveratrol Longevity Science Makes Dramatic U-Turn, But Resveratrol Supplements Remain Unchanged
5. New Data Show That Herceptin, Xeloda and Avastin Help Patients With Early and Advanced Breast Cancer Live Longer or Remain Disease Free for Longer
6. Quality Colonoscopy Exam Remains Best Strategy for Detection of Polyps and Cancers According to Experts From the American College of Gastroenterology
7. Cardiac Disease in Women Remains Untreated for Decades
8. For Old or Young Dialysis Patients, AV Fistulas Remain Pure Gold
9. U.S. Naval Medical Research Center Proposed RESUS Clinical Trial in Trauma Patients Remains on FDA Hold
10. Swine Flu (H1N1) Infectivity to Increase Markedly and Lethality to Remain Low According to Latest Replikin* Peptide Genomic Data
11. Shire Completes Submission of NDA for Velaglucerase Alfa for Type 1 Gaucher Disease and Reports Positive Results for Remaining Two Phase III Trials
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/31/2016)... According to a new market ... by Type (Human, Animal Pathology), by End User (Pharmaceutical ... - Global Forecasts to 2021", published by MarketsandMarkets, studies ... of 2016 to 2021. This market is expected to ... Million in 2016, at a CAGR of 12.1%. ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... May 31, 2016 Aloe vera ... food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, with global volume to surpass ... 1.6 Bn. Demand for aloe vera extracts ... yogurts will continue its upward momentum in 2016 as ... boost positive sentiment on aloe vera, with wide-ranging applications ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... , May 31, 2016 ... World Health Assembly zur Eliminierung von viraler Hepatitis ... Mitgliedsstaaten eine historische Verpflichtung eingegangen, virale Hepatitis bis ... . World Health Assembly haben sich die ... bzgl. viraler Hepatitis (Global Viral Hepatitis Strategy) zu ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Fire Door Solutions, ... joined the Fire Door Solutions’ team. Keith will serve Fire Door Solutions ... in-field re-labeling. He will be instrumental in developing educational curriculum and leading ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... 31, 2016 , ... More than 80 representatives of the Hepatitis B ... Cancer Foundation held an event on National Hepatitis Testing Day outside of Philadelphia City ... the leading cause of liver cancer. , Foundation leaders and the citywide coalition they ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... TEXAS (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... ... live in Greater Houston Healthconnect’s (Healthconnect) regional health information exchange, which enables physicians ... medical records for their patients from other participating organizations in the exchange. SJMC’s ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... When ... he knew it was something that contractors should have at their disposal on ... gets,” says Butch, CertainTeed’s Director of Contractor Programs. , As a result, ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Spartan Bioscience today introduced ... portability and convenience. , The Cube is exceptionally small—it takes up the space ... fits easily into any space, whether in a hospital, doctor’s office, or pharmacy. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):