Empowering Youth’s Inner Wisdom (Aired on March 16 and 17, 2019)

Mathew Swerdloff and his wife Elise Gold return to RadioRotary to tell about
the many activities and events that the Maya Gold Foundation has been
sponsoring in the past couple of years and into the future. They created the
Maya Gold Foundation in honor of their daughter Maya who committed suicide at
the age of 15, but the Foundation is not primarily involved with suicide
prevention. Instead, they work with youth to help them access their inner wisdom
and realize their dreams—suicide prevention is a side-effect. Because Maya had
become involved in efforts to stop human trafficking in Nepal, the Foundation has
developed a close relation with groups in Nepal, including the Kathmandu Rotary
Clubs. Both youth and adult trips to Nepal work with Nepalese nonprofit
organizations that support youth. Back in the Hudson Valley, the foundation
sponsors empowering events of all kinds, including film screenings, live theater,
improvisations, and panel discussions in various locations. The Foundation also
offers grants and scholarships.

Learn more:
Maya Gold Foundation: http://www.mayagoldfoundation.org/
Kathmandu Rotary Clubs: http://www.rckne.org/ &
https://rotarymidtown.org.np/ & http://therotarynepal.org/78-therotarynepal/88-welcome-to-rotary-club-of-kathmandu-north
Maya Gold Foundation on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaSCIiksR99BV8WceGRNbvg

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March 26, 2019 · Posted in Education, Events, International Programs, Support Groups, Youth  

Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on November 10 and 11, 2018)

For eighteen years, the Vassar-Haiti Project, started and still directed by Lila
Meade and her husband Andrew, assistant dean of international students at
Vassar College, has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop
village of Chermaitre and its surroundings. Vassar sophomore Mary McCarthy,
publicity director of the project, and Lila Meade were the guests on RadioRotary
for this show. Ms. McCarthy was inspired to work on the project by reading
Mountains Beyond Mountains, a biography of Paul Farmer, founder of Partners
in Health. As a result of the project, which raises funds primarily by selling Haitian
paintings and crafts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 250-
student school, a clinic that treats 3,000 patients annually, and clean water, the
last from a Rotary Global Grant sponsored by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington
Rotary. Vassar now has a Rotaract Club, which is seeking grant money from
Rotary to provide the clinic with electricity. It is inspiring work.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Mountains Beyond Mountains: https://www.tracykidder.com/mountains-beyond-mountains.html
Partners in Health: https://www.pih.org/
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs

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Hearts, Dreams, and Laughs (Aired On October 20 & 21, 2018)

Nick Constantino (Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club) and Alexandra Duenas,
president of Clarkstown Sunrise, are two of the Rotarians working in partnership
with the Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary to help terminally ill children in and
around Neiva, Colombia. The project is called “Hearts, Dreams and Laughs,”
because it mostly consists of hiring professional clowns and other entertainers to
bring some smiles to the nearly 200 children in hospitals in and around Nieva
who will probably live the rest of their young lives in the hospitals. Clarkston
Sunrise hopes to raise enough money to fund the project for a year. Both Nick
and Alexandria are also suitcases filled with toys, including Beanie Babies
supplied by Spring Valley Rotary, as they visit the hospitals. The project is Rotary
all the way, since Clarkston Sunrise learned of it from Alexandra’s cousin, who is
in president of Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary—and you can learn more about it
by listening to the interview with Past District Governor Nick Constantino on
RadioRotary—and learn a little about Nick as well.

Learn more:
Neiva Noches Plateñas Rotary Club: http://rotary4281.org/clubes-en-huila/neiva-noches-platenas/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary Club: https://www.clarkstownsunriserotary.com/
Clarkstown Sunrise Rotary on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=clarkstown sunrise rotary
Spring Valley Rotary Club: http://www.springvalleyrotaryny.org/

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Rotary International Convention in Toronto (Aired on August 4th, 2018 and August 5th, 2018)

Toronto Rotary International Convention, Part 3 (Aired on August 4 and 5, 2018)

RadioRotary interviews three distinguished Rotarians: Donna Gunn of the Lakeway/Lake Travis (Texas) Rotary Club, Peggy Rogers of Sebastopol (California) Rotary, and Rotary 2017-18 President Ian H.S. Riseley of the Sandringham (Australia) Club as all visit the International Convention in Toronto, Ontario. Ms. Gunn is Special Projects Chair of Rotary 3D Limbs, which proved 3D printed limbs, primarily legs, for children in need. The printed limbs not only cost less than 1% of hand-made and fitted limbs. They can be adjusted to make an exact fit for no extra cost and are adjustable in length so that they grow with the child. Ms. Rogers is representing the Family Safety Rotary Action Group (RAG), dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence, which can affect men and children as well as women. RI President Riseley looks back at his tree-planting campaign and other hallmarks of his year, as well as outlining a path for the future of Rotary.

Learn more:
Lakeway/Lake Travis Rotary Club:
Rotary 3D Limbs:
3D Printing:
Family Safety Rotary Action Group:
Ian H.S. Riseley:
Rotary International:

 

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