Kingston Rotary’s Philippine Project (Aired on May 2, 2021)

Kingston Rotary’s secretary Alicia Marcinkowski and president-elect Richard Cattabiani visit RadioRotary to tell about the club’s water project in the Philippines and also their annual Cap-to-Cap Run. Kingston Rotarian Rachel Jackson has connections in the Philippine Island and helped the New-York based Rotary club set up a necessary water project in conjunction with the Mandaluyong Rotary Club of Manila. The Kingston and Mandaluyong Clubs are working together toward bringing clean water to a struggling, indigenous tribe in Manilla, the Dumagats. The plan is to use solar-powered devices to operate a pipeline bring water to the Dumagat community and to provide training to Dumagats on how to maintain the equipment. Kingston Rotary, formed by the merger of the Kingston Sunrise and the lunch club, is known for its October event, the Cap-to-Cap 5-k run, which goes from the former Capitol of New York State (during the Revolution) to the temporary capitol used after the Tory forces burned Kingston on October 17, 1777.

Learn more:
Kingston (NY) Rotary Club: https://www.dropbox.com/s/e4dwmorw019nw79/eproof-0578901900.pdf?dl=0
Mandaluyong Rotary Club of Manila: https://www.rotaryclubofmandaluyong.org/
Dumagat Community: https://www.unbound.org/childsponsorship/dumagat

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May 3, 2021 · Posted in Events, International Programs, Water Projects  

Peace and Conflict Prevention, Resolution (Aired on January 10, 2021)

 

Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation have seven areas of focus, among them “Promoting Peace.” One of the main ways this is accomplished is by providing full fellowships for Master’s Degrees in Peace and Conflict Prevention and Resolution. On this show RadioRotary welcomes one of those Peace Fellows, Bianca Neff, founder and CEO of Petra Peacebuillders. Her organization promotes peace in three ways: Training members of organizations working for peace; coaching individuals directly; and providing retreats for stressed out workers in areas of conflict. Most of their work recently has been in war-torn Afghanistan. The interview has much fascinating material about how a peace organization works and about Ms. Neff’s interesting life story.

Learn more:
Petra Peacebuilders: http://www.petrapeacebuilders.org/
Rotary Peace Fellows: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
Petra Peacebuilders on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/petra.peacebuilders/
Rotary Areas of Focus: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes

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January 19, 2021 · Posted in International Programs, Mental Health, Peace, Rotary Foundation  

Rotary’s Work in Eradicating Polio (Aired on October 25, 2020)

RadioRotary is visited, via Zoom, by 33-year Rotarian and 7210 Past District Governor (2006-07) Carole Tjoa, a member of the North Rockland Rotary Club and currently the District Polio Plus Chair. Mrs. Tjoa tells the story of how Rotary, when polio was completely eliminated from the U.S. in 1979, took the vaccines that stopped the disease to the Philippines and on September 29 began its long association with polio eradication. Rotary spent about $760,000 to immunize 6million children in the Philippines; polio was then often called “juvenile paralysis” because its primary victims were often less than 5 years old. The success of the Philippine project led Rotary to launch Polio Plus in 1985 with the goal of worldwide elimination. Soon joined by the CDC, WHO, and UNICEF and later by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the immunization program since then has spent $10 billion to immunize more than 2.5 billion children, eliminating wild polio virus from everywhere but Pakistan and Afghanistan, which continue to have fewer than 200 cases annually between them. IN 1988 when Global Polio Eradication started, there had been 350,000 cases. Listen and learn more, both about polio and the remarkable life of Rotarian Carole Tjoa.

Learn more:
Global Polio Eradication Initiative: https://polioeradication.org/
PolioPlus: https://www.endpolio.org/
The Plus in PolioPlus: https://www.rotary.org/en/plus-polioplus
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4553
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/
North Rockland Rotary Club: https://northrocklandrotary.org/

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October 29, 2020 · Posted in Global Polio Initiative, Health, International Programs, PolioPlus  

Vassar-Haiti Project during the Pandemic (Aired on September 20, 2020)

For twenty years, the Vassar-Haiti Project (VHP) has improved the lives of Haitians in the remote mountaintop Haitian village of Chermaitre and its surroundings, raising funds primarily by selling Haitian paintings and crafts. As a result of these efforts, Chermaitre and the surrounding area is served by a 300- 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. But with the Covid-19 situation in 2020, an in-person art sale would be too dangerous, so VHP mounted an on-line auction and other virtual events. RadioRotary is helping promote the sale with an interview with Lila Meade, Executive Director of VHP, and two active students from Vassar, Alice Fan and Sam O’Keefe. VHP is partly operated by Vassar’s Rotaract Club and has close connections with 14 Rotary Clubs, District 7210, and The Rotary Foundation. The current efforts include setting up an $86,500 solar-power system to bring much needed electricity to the clinic, for which 14 Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 7210 have contributed $66,000.

Learn more:
The Vassar Haiti Project: http://www.thehaitiproject.org/
The Rotary Foundation Global Grants: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/apply-grants/global-grants
Rotaract: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/rotaract-clubs
Rotary District 7210: https://rotarydistrict7210.org/

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