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 a
|SOURCE Rotary International|
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