Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 2 (Aired on July 17, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary reports from the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed representatives of organizations that work with Rotary to make a difference in the world. Stephen Popper, president and CEO of Meals of Hope, tells about how that organization partners with Rotary clubs to pack five different nutritious meals for food pantries to disperse. Razia Jan relates the story of how she, as an Afghan native living in Massachusetts, came to found two free schools to educated girls and women in
Afghanistan, still thriving despite the Taliban government. Gemma Sisia used her Rotary connections to found the School of St. Jude, which educates nearly 2,000 impoverished Africans annually as well as supplying volunteer teachers for Tanzanian government school. President and CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders, Prabha Sankaranarayan leads Mediators Beyond Borders International, an official Service Partner of Rotary International that has been working for peace since 1910. The fifteen international Service Partner—organizations such as ShelterBox and Habitat for Humanity—work closely with Rotary but also maintain separate chartable operations.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Meals of Hope: https://mealsofhope.org/
Razia’s Ray of Hope: https://raziasrayofhope.org/
School of St. Jude: https://www.schoolofstjude.org/
Mediators Beyond Boarders International: https://mediatorsbeyondborders.org/
Service Partners of Rotary International: https://my.rotary.org/en/learning-reference/about-rotary/partners

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Rotary 2022 Convention in Houston – part 1 (Aired on July 10, 2022)

Once again Radio Rotary brought its microphone to the annual Rotary Convention, this year in Houston, TX, where Dave and Kathy Kruger interviewed several representatives of organizations that are making a difference in the world. Tim Nelson, CEO of Hope for Justice, described the work that nonprofit is doing to end human trafficking and various forms of slavery around the world—a mission also of the Rotary Action Group (RAG) Against Slavery. Rich Lalley spoke about Operation Warm, which provides winter coats and shoes for children
in need. Michelle Wilson represented the Rotary Action Group LBGT+. Jenny Andrews, Executive Director of Malaria Partners International, described this program models on Rotary’s polio eradication effort (and like PolioPlus, blessed with matching grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation). Stay tuned to Radio Rotary for more great interviews in a follow-up program from the Convention.

Learn More:
Houston Rotary Convention: https://convention.rotary.org/en/houston
Hope for Justice: https://hopeforjustice.org/
Rotary Action Group Against Slavery: https://ragas.online/
Operation Warm: https://www.operationwarm.org/
Rotary LBGT+ Fellowship: https://rotarylgbt.org/
Malaria Partners International: https://www.malariapartnersinternational.org/

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Climate Crisis and Climate Justice (Aired on August 8, 2021)

Ugandan Climate Crisis activist Vanessa Nakate visits RadioRotary from Africa via Zoom for an essential account of how climate change has become a crisis, and about the need for Climate Justice. Her home nation of Uganda, in East Africa along Lake Victoria, has been ravaged by climate-induced floods in the east and west and climate-induced drought in the north. While major lakes in the western United States are drying up, Lake Victoria has risen to the highest level in 120 years, flooding homes and infrastructure along the shore. The same disasters that are injuring Uganda are occurring across the globe as well as fires in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Africa, which contributes only 3% of the atmospheric gases that are causing the Climate Crisis, is just as endangered as the Western nations, China, and Japan, which produce about half of the carbon dioxide and methane globally. Climate Justice is a movement to equalize the attempts are remediation.

Learn more:
Vanessa Nakate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vanessa-Nakate-106155294113113
Vanessa Nakate at Rotary Convention 2020: https://rotarynewsonline.org/world-leaders-must-take-africas-climate-crisis-seriously-vanessa-nakate/
UN Climate Change Conference, Glasgow 2021: https://ukcop26.org/
Rise Up: https://www.riseupmovementafrica.org/

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August 12, 2021 · Posted in Environment, Quality of Life, Rotary International, United Nations  

Guatemala Literacy Project (Aired on May 30, 2021)

Rotarian Joe Berninger from the Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways joins RadioRotary to tell about a work that was called “the gold standard of Rotary projects” by past Rotary President Ian Riseley (2017-18)—the Guatemala Literary Project. More than 600 clubs from 80 districts have been working together since 1997 to improve education for underserved students in Guatemala. In that time, nearly 225,500 students have been made more literate—both for reading and in technology– through sustainable programs that are tested and proven to work.

Learn more:
Guatemala Literacy Project: https://www.guatemalaliteracy.org/
Cooperative for Education: https://coeduc.org/
Literacy Statistics for Guatemala: http://uis.unesco.org/en/country/gt
Rotary E-club of District 6600 Ohio Pathways: Rotary e-Club of Ohio Pathways

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