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  

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 1 (Aired on August 24 and 25, 2019)

Once again RadioRotary interviewers haunted the halls of a Rotary International
Convention, which in 2019 was in Hamburg, Germany. Our team found many
fascinating stories about the projects of Rotarians and representatives of other
organizations that are trying to do good in the world. These include fighting hunger in
third-world nations; uncovering the roles Rotarians played during the Nazi reign in
Germany; providing dictionaries of all kinds around the world; and raising money to end
present-day slavery. The program concludes with an in-depth interview with Barry
Rassin, Rotary International president for the 2018-19 Rotary Year, focusing especially
on his work in providing water to Haiti.

Learn more:
Rise Against Hunger: https://www.riseagainsthunger.org/
Rotary in National Socialism: https://memorial.d-1800.org/
The Dictionary Project: https://www.dictionaryproject.org/
Cycling from Chai to Hamburg: https://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/travel/chennai-based-cyclist-naresh-kumar-is-pedalling-against-bonded-labour/article26931535.ece
Barry Rassin: https://www.rotary.org/en/2018-19-rotary-president-selected
Rotary International: https://www.rotary.org/en

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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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