Missionary Rose on Haiti (Aired 3-25-17 & 3-26-17)

Medical Mission to Haiti (Aired on March 25 and 26, 2017)

In 2010, Haiti suffered a devastating earthquake. Roberto Bonheur told his wife, Poughkeepsie Nurse Practitioner Rose Bonheur, that they had to do something to help; she had the skills, as a primary care specialist, to provide much needed medical help. Both Bonheurs had been born in Haiti, although they came to the United States as children. Rose was skeptical at first, but eventually organized a team of six volunteers and found a house in Haiti where they team could treat those in need. The need was immense, so every year since, Rose has found the donations, the medical supplies, and the volunteers to treat about 800 patients, moving to a different locality where there had previously been no medical care in the past. Recently, recognizing thatRotary handles projects like this all over the world, Rose has joined the Pleasant Valley Rotary Club. RadioRotary’s producer, registered nurse and Pleasant Valley Rotarian Kathy Kruger is excited to be among the volunteers for this year’s mission.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club
Health Effects of 2010 Earthquake:
Health in Haiti after the 2015 Hurricane

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Citizen Preparedness (Aired on Feb 25 & Feb 26 2017)

Be Prepared for When Disaster Strikes (Aired on February 25 and 26, 2017)
RadioRotary interview Lieutenants Brett White and Thomas Frost of the
Citizens Preparedness Corp of the New York State National Guard. Their task is to present programs encouraging people to become prepared for encountering a disaster, whether it is natural (such as floods, storms, or fires), criminal (such as a terrorist attack), or technological (such as a power blackout). Although the disasters vary widely, many of the same steps can be taken to minimize their negative impacts. The main element is to have a plan, one that includes a central meeting place for family members and a survival kit that includes not only food and water stored for household use, but also a “go bag” of necessary supplies to take with you if you need to flee. This is one of those  programs that could someday save your live or the lives of your loved ones.
Learn more:
New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps
Contacts for Citizen Preparedness Corps
Citizen Preparedness Brochure
Citizen Preparedness

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February 27, 2017 · Posted in Disaster Relief, Hudson Valley  

Talking Shelterbox (Aired on Feb 18 and 19)

Talking about ShelterBox (Aired on February 18 and 19. 2017

Jim Damiani, (Nanuet – West Nyack Rotary) 2017-18 Governor of Rotary District 7210, visits the RadioRotary studio to talk to Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Connell about ShelterBox, a major initiative for disaster relief that is affiliated with Rotary International.  Simply put, a ShelterBox is a tent and necessary supplies for up to ten people, all packed into a waterproof one-meter plastic cube. That is a good thing, but what makes ShelterBox effective in disaster relief are trained teams that can bring the ShelterBox cubes to the site of a disaster and teach locals how to use them. Because most cities and towns around the world have Rotary clubs, the ShelterBox teams have connections even in remote sites, such as the mountains of Nepal or smaller cities in Haiti, which enables the team to get the equipment to the right place faster than practically any other relief organization. Many Rotary clubs in District 7210 provide the $1,000 per box it takes to assemble a ShelterBox, often contributing more than one box a year, and then track “their boxes” to see where they have been deployed.

Learn more:

ShelterBox USA
Natural Disasters
Rotary District 7210
Nanuet – West Nyack Rotary Club on Facebook

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U.N. SHOW # 1 (Aired on Jan 21 & Jan 22)

Rotary Day at the United Nations (Aired on January 21 and 22, 2017)

The annual Rotary Day at the United Nations each year brings together some
1,500 Rotarians along with various youth groups and representatives of
humanitarian organizations who work with Rotarians. For this program,
RadioRotary interviewed Mitch Kahn from ShelterBox; Rotarian Steve Goldsmith
(Hawthorne LAX Lennox Rotary) and Prabha Sankaranarayan from Mediators
Beyond Borders; and Rotarian-wannabe Anna Abraham representing The Gift of
Life, Inc. ShelterBox, whose emphasis is disaster relief, is now a Rotary Project
Partner. When Mediators Beyond Boarders looked at their members, who work
for peace between individuals, tribes, and nations, they discovered that a quarter
of its membership is Rotarians. The Gift of Life, which specialized in providing
pediatric cardiac care to children in places where such help is scarce, frequently
partners with Rotary clubs or districts in their work. Ms. Abraham’s group within
The Gift of Life works in Lebanon, currently focusing on refugees from the Syrian
Civil War. All met at the United Nations to exchange ideas about how to do good
in the world.
Learn more:
Rotary Day at the UN
ShelterBox USA
Mediators Beyond Borders
The Gift of Life, Inc.

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