Vassar Haiti Project (Aired on 10-26-16 & 10-27-16)

Vassar-Haiti Project Update (Aired on October 26 and 27, 2016)
In response to the September 11, 2001, attack Andrew Meade, director of
international students at Vassar College, and his wife Lila wanted to start a
project that would do good in the world. Both had family ties to Haiti, the poorest
nation in the Western Hemisphere, so that is where their impulse took them. For
fifteen years, the Vassar-Haiti project the started and still direct has improved the
lives of Haitians in the remote village of Chermaitre, starting with building and
staffing a school. Today Chermaitre and the surrounding area is also served by a
clinic that is part of the project. Vassar junior Clairiola Etienne, who is the
director of the health initiative, and Lila Meade are the guests on RadioRotary for
this program. The Vassar-Haiti project is now working to provide clean water for
Chermaitre thanks to a global grant of $55,000 from The Rotary Foundation,
sponsored locally by the Poughkeepsie-Arlington and Peekskill Rotary Clubs.
Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary
Peekskill Rotary

The Vassar Haiti Project
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants

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Rotary Foundation “Doing Good in the World” (Aired on July 30 & 31, 2016)

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Tamton Mustapha

(l-r) Jonah Triebwasser, Dr. Tam Mustapha

RadioRotary interviews Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotarian, Dr. Tam Mustapha, who has held a number of positions supporting The Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. The motto of The Rotary Foundation, “Doing Good in the World,” describes its main mission, which focuses on improving peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and literacy, and growing local economies. In 2017 The Rotary Foundation will have been achieving these goals for a hundred years. Anyone can contribute money to The Rotary Foundation, secure in the knowledge that their contribution will be used for work in the focus areas described above, since there is almost no administrative costs to an organization that employs volunteer Rotarians, and what little costs occur are largely paid for with interest on the contributed money.

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Rotary Areas of Focus
End Polio Now
District 7210 Rotary Foundation Information
Rotary Foundation Centennial
Rotary Voices, Doing Good in the World
Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary

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The Rotary Foundation: Doing Good in the World (Aired on November 28 & 29, 2015)

David Kruger

David Kruger

Pleasant Valley Rotarian, and 2015 winner of the Jeffrey Keahon Foundation Award, David Kruger describes the work of The Rotary Foundation, the part of Rotary that not only does good in the world away from our communities, but also helps fund many local projects. While its most notable success has been the worldwide reduction of polio to a handful of cases in two countries—with complete elimination on the horizon—The Rotary Foundation may have saved even more lives with its projects for clean water, maternal and child health, and peace. It is also the most effective charity because nearly all of every dollar given to The Rotary Foundation is used for its work instead of spent on administration or fundraising.

Learn more:
The Rotary Foundation
History of The Rotary Foundation
The Story of Polio Eradication
Rotary Foundation Areas of Focus
Pleasant Valley Rotary Club

 

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Vassar-Haiti Project (Aired on June 20 & 21, 2015)

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

(l-r) Lila Meade and Sarah Oliver

The ongoing Vassar project for improving education, health, women’s economy, water purity, and forests in Chermaitre, Haiti, is described by the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Vassar-Haiti Project, Lila Meade, and Vassar student Sarah Oliver. Andrew and Lila Meade founded the project in 2001, partly in a response to the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. Its original goal was simply a lunch project at a school in poverty-stricken Chermaitre, but it has evolved greatly. So far more than 350 Vassar students have been involved. The project has also attracted the attention and considerable help from the Poughkeepsie-Arlington Rotary Club. One of the major sources of funding is an annual art show and auction featuring work by native Haitian artists.

Learn more:
Vassar-Haiti Project
History of Vassar-Haiti Project
Rural Poverty in Haiti

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