Gift of Life International (Aired on July 4 and 5, 2020)

Rob Raylman, CEO of Gift of Life International and 2020-21 president of the Manhasset Rotary Club, visits RadioRotary on Zoom to discuss the latest projects of the humanitarian organization that he heads. The purpose of Gift of Life International is to treat children with heart disease and where necessary to provide nutritional assistance to recovering children. Originally children were
brought to the US for pediatric surgery, but since 2009 Gift of Life International has focused largely on creating “Core Programs” that develop regional centers in emerging nations, which, when they are ready, become “Legacy Programs” that are backed by the country’s national government and a working pediatric hospital. Gift of Life International began as an idea raised at a lunch at the
Manhasset Rotary just 13 years ago, although Gift of Life missions go back to 1975. The medical staff and their helpers are all volunteers, while the main costs of the operations and training are borne by The Rotary Foundation, mostly through global grants. The Legacy Programs become self-sustaining and also improve the economy of an emerging nation.

Learn more:
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Manhasset Rotary Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/manhassetrotary/
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

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July 23, 2020 · Posted in Children, Health, International Programs  

The E-Club of Wall Street (Aired on June 13 and 14, 2020)

 

Rotarian Jason Gonzales, president of the E-Club of Wall Street, visits RadioRotary via Zoom totell how the former Wall Street Rotary became an online E-club and still continues to do good in the world. When the Rotary Club of Wall Street recognized in 2018 that it was barely hanging in with only 10 active members, the members decided to reconstitute as an online E-club, which today is up to 32 members in 13 countries around the world. The members meet by Zoom from their respective locations at noon (Wall Street time—it is 6:00 p.m. for European members). Just like in-person Rotary clubs, the E-club has speakers (often more famous than most Rotary clubs host) and engages in activities to help the community, hosting Rotary scholars, raising funds for good causes, and volunteering approximately 10 hours for every member. Mr. Gonzalez got interested in Rotary while in Rotaract at Pace University in New York. Today he works for UNESCO at the United Nations, where one of his duties has been to plan the annual Rotary UN Day. There is much more of interest in this interview than we have room to include here, so be sure to listen to the show.

Learn more:
E-Club of Wall Street: http://www.wallstreetrotary.org/
Facebook for E-Club of Wall Street: https://www.facebook.com/RotaryWallStreetNY/
Rotary District 7230: https://rotary7230.org/
Rotaract Club of Pace University: http://www.wallstreetrotary.org/rotaract/
UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/
Rotary UN Day: https://www.rotary.org/en/un-day

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Friends of Guirgho (Aired February 8 and 9, 2020)

Victor Guirma and Pascal Guirma along with Bob Rich visited RadioRotary from their
home Rotary Club, New Paltz. All three are part of Friends of Guirgho, a 501(c)3
nonprofit that is trying to improve the school and other facilities in the village of Guirgho,
Burkina Faso, the ancestral home of the Guirma brothers. Burkino Faso (formerly
known as Upper Volta) is a landlocked nation in West Africa whose people are mostly
Mossi. Roughly 100 years ago when France controlled this part of West Africa, French
Jesuits wanted to start a boarding school, but few natives would attend. Finally the
Mossi emperor had his second son, known as Bila Victor, hogtied and carried off to the
school, which signaled the other Mossi that it was safe to attend. Bila Victor became
educated and his children did also, one of whom became the first ambassador from
Upper Volta to the United States and later the ambassador to the United Nations, which
is how his sons Victor and Pascal came to attend school at SUNY New Paltz and later
settle in the town. They always had remained connected to the ancestral village of
Guirgho, a rural settlement about 60 km from the capital of Burkina Faso. Visiting the
village of they saw the need for a better school and for other modern improvements.
One of their most complicated projects was bringing computers to the school, since
there was no infrastructure. Listen to the program, which tells much of the story.

Learn more
Friends of Guirgho: https://www.friendsofguirgho.org/
New Paltz Rotary Club: https://www.newpaltzrotary.org/
Burkina Faso: https://www.britannica.com/place/Burkina-Faso
Ambassador Frédéric Guirma: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frédéric_Guirma

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February 20, 2020 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Club Projects  

A Water Project for Haiti (Aired December 14 and 15, 2019)

Rotterdam Sunrise Rotarian Miriam Cajuste visits RadioRotary to build support for
improving the availability of clean water in Matogou, Haiti, a Global Grant project of the
Rotary Foundation. The effort is led by New York State’s Schenectady Rotary paired
with the Rotary Club of Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars om Haiti. For several years the
Schenectady club has been supplying gravity-driven water filtration systems to
Matogou. These essentially consist of two large buckets on a special stand with a
carbon filter between them—effective, but slow. For an ordinary fasmioly, the bucket
has to be filled three times each day. Although the carbon filters are made in the United
States, everything else about the filtration system is made in Haiti. With the Global
Grant, Schenectady wants to build a new well with a pump and filters, which would
supply clean water outlets to three locations in the village. Because then project is
based on a Rotary Foundation Global Grant, every dollar contributed to the project will
be matched by three from the Foundation. The construction for the new well is
scheduled to begin in April 2020.

Learn more:
Matogou Haiti Clean Water Project: https://www.facebook.com/MatogouCleanWater/
Matagou Global Grant: http://www.matchinggrants.org/global/project2179.html
Rotterdam Sunrise Rotary: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50091/clubinfo/rotterdam-sunrise
Schenectady Rotary: https://schenectadyrotary.org/
Port-au-Prince Champ-de-Mars Rotary: https://www.facebook.com/Rotary-Club-de-Port-au-Prince-Champ-de-Mars-102945063085174/

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January 5, 2020 · Posted in International Programs, Rotary Foundation, Water Projects  

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