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  

Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 4 (Aired November 23 and 24, 2019)

RadioRotary interviewers visited the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg,
Germany, where they found many Rotarian groups and other Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) doing good in the world. This radio program, the fourth in a
series, covers a few of these projects. Roots of Life deals with land that has been
planted with land mines, which linger long after wars have passed, and replants the land
with grape vines, growing grapes for wine, raisins, or food, which not only helps save
lives but also provides economic benefits to farming communities. Gift of Life offers life-
saving surgery to children who were born with congenital heart disease. Both
organizations work with Rotary to connect around the world. The Rotarian Action Group
(RAG) Against Slavery helps rescue the millions of people still enslaved, often for sex
but also by businesses, and offers programs to rehabilitate them for a life of freedom.
There are many locations where the Don’t Meth With Us Foundation is fighting drug
abuse—primarily methamphetamine but also opioid addiction. War Child, which has
independent branches in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Canada, supports all young
children who have been affected by armed conflict, with education and safe zones
around the world.

Learn more:
Roots of Peace: https://rootsofpeace.org/
Gift of Life International: https://www.giftoflifeinternational.org/
Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation: http://www.dontmethwithus.com/
War Child: https://www.warchild.org/

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Hamburg Rotary International Convention, Part 3 (Aired October 26 and 27, 2019)

The 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany, was covered by
RadioRotary interviewers; this is the third report on some of what they found. A Rotarian
from the Netherlands told RadioRotary about efforts of her organization to reduce
human trafficking with education and empowerment of youth. Another NGO (non-
governmental organization) called Medair works to provide quick relief and shelter in
cases of disasters or civil conflict. A Rotarian physician from Johns Hopkins in Maryland
is part of the Rotary Action Group (RAG) on Mental Health Initiatives, working primarily
to reduce high suicide rates in Lithuania and India. A Rotarian from Zambia describes
efforts to provide new professions for commercial sex workers; he was promoting the
Rotarian shirts made by former sex workers who now operate sewing machines. And,
closer to home, Rotarians from Media, Pennsylvania (Jeffrey Cadorette), and Millbrook,
New York (Cindie Kish), tell about the polio eradication program known as “Drop to
Zero” and the possible drop to ground level from the skies for six Rotarians, including
Cindie and Jeffrey, if goals are met.

Learn more:
Just Ask (human trafficking prevention): http://justaskprevention.org/
Medair: https://us.medair.org/
Rotary Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives: https://ragonmentalhealth.org/
Rotary Shirts, Hats, and Aprons made by former sex workers: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000006774/en-ca/files/homepage/the-kwenuha-women-s-association-rotary-shirt/Rotary-Livingstone-Catalogue.pdf

Polio Drop to Zero: https://www.endpolio.org/drop-to-zero-a-major-global-polio-event-to-be-held-at-the-rotary-convention
Rotary Zones 24-32: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077

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