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To ensure strong grant projects that encompass sustainability, The Rotary Foundation has a network of Rotarian volunteers available to provide expertise and advice.  They are called the Cadre of Technical Advisers. With a database of 700 experts in Rotary’s six areas of focus as well as other specialties – mediators, diplomats, obstetricians, engineers, bankers, and agronomists, for example – there is sure to be someone who can help if an obstacle comes up.

 

Cadre members play an important role in ensuring that donors’ funds make a long-term impact. On behalf of The Rotary Foundation, cadre members do a technical review of the feasibility of larger grants before they are awarded and perform site visits to evaluate how the grants are being carried out. “Rotarians want to know if something is not working out or if they can do something better,” says Francis “Tusu” Tusubira, a member of the cadre from the Rotary Club of Kampala-North, Uganda. “The cadre is there to give as much support as possible.” 

 

Cadre members also perform random financial audits to help the Foundation ensure that grant funding is being used as approved. They provide accountability and quality assurance in general, and protect investors i.e. the people who donate – and also the beneficiaries.  In doing that,they also protect the Rotary brand. 

 

This is one of the ways in which your donation to The Rotary Foundation is guaranteed to be used responsibly. To donate go to Rotary.org/Give. Thank you. 

 

After 5 years of sending out these Foundation Minutes I am retiring.  Initiated by Past District Governor Bob Ross, we hope that these minutes helped our members understand how their donations and support benefited their communities and the world.  Thank you for your continued generosity in the past and in the future.  Lana Rouff

Everyday Rotary continues to “Do Good In the World!”  They look for ways to make a difference in their communities and in communities around the world.  They use their knowledge of local issues to identify areas of need, then apply their expertise and diverse perspectives to find solutions.  

 

In Korea they established a mentoring project to prepare students with autism and intellectual and emotional disabilities for careers in horticulture.  In Brazil, Rotarians offered Judo classes for youth to funnel their energy avoiding violence in the slums.  In Canada a Rotary club is helping Syrian refugees start new lives, and in Australia clubs are helping to end domestic violence.   

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate Thank you.  

The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in our own backyards.  Sixty-five million dollars in grants have been given to clubs and districts to fight disease.  

Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:

Providing clean water: Rotary has worked with partners to provide more than 80 percent of Ghana’s people with clean water to fight Guinea worm disease.

 

Reducing HIV infection: In Liberia, Rotary members are helping women get tested for HIV early in their pregnancies. They used prenatal care to reduce new HIV infections in children by 95 percent over the last two years.

 

Ending polio: Rotary members have played a key role in bringing the world to the brink of polio eradication. Their efforts have not only ended polio in 122 countries but also created a system for tackling myriad other health priorities, such as Ebola.

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate,  Thank you.  

 

There are 33,000 people with albinism in Tanzania – albinism is a congenital absence of pigment in the skin and hair which appears white and the eyes that usually are pink.  Over the years, superstitions have led to a wave of grisly albino killings, dismemberments and even grave robberies.  At least 76 Tanzanian albinos have been murdered in the last decade; 72 others have survived attacks, often with severe mutilations.     

 

In answer to this horrific circumstance, Tanzania-based Rotarians have partnered with local individuals and groups to dispel the myths that have led to so many murders through literature that has been distributed in primary schools across the country and have touched on nearly every aspect of the condition itself.

 

Club to club projects in several districts have supported albino students with mattresses, mosquito nets, vision aids, hats and sunscreen and financed livelihood-building projects in remote communities.  A current grant, active since late 2015 has focused on education. It  has supported more than seventy community outreach meetings and has focused on cancer prevention and treatment that affects the albino through training health workers and providing medical equipment. In five Tanzanian hospitals Rotary provided cryotherapy instruments and flasks of nitrogen, which are highly effective in removing precancerous lesions.  

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate Thank you

More than 775 million people over the age of fifteen are illiterate.  That is 17% of the world’s adult population.  Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, to reduce gender disparity in education, and to increase adult literacy.  

 

Rotary members in Afghanistan have opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance. In the United States, Rotary has partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.

Rotary has collaborated with the SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the United States.   It teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.

And Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon so students can be healthier and get a better education.

Your financial support of the Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate

Thank you.  

Last April in response to emergency relief, The Rotary Foundation established a new support fund to receive contributions for disasters that strike around the world. Entitled the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, staff in Programs and Grants are now able to reach out to the affected areas and their districts to assess the need and desire for funding.  Upon a qualified response - much like a district grant - the affected district will be awarded funding in increments of up to $25,000, consulting the TRF chair as needed.  Only districts in the affected country may request a grant.  

 

To date four such grants have been issued and the fund is now depleted.  The Foundation encourages donations to the fund so that when disasters occur, Rotary will be able to help.  

(The fund will accept DDF contributions and those in cash will be credited towards a club’s Annual Giving Goal and per capita giving calculations.  However the donations will NOT apply to SHARE or the DDF calculation. )  Thank you for your help.  To donate go to rotary.org/donate.  Thank you.  

 

Basic information about Rotary:

 

Rotary International is a global organization that operates in nearly every country in the world and deals in twenty-nine (29) currencies.  Rotary takes stewardship of its funds very seriously.  Money is spent on life-changing, sustainable grants, as well as programs and services that support its members’ transformative work. Three billion dollars have been invested in thousands of projects over the past 100 years.

 

Rotary International is a member organization and is overseen by its Board of Directors.  As a separate part of RI, the Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operating exclusively for charitable purposes and is governed by a Board of Trustees. RI and TRF are both tax-exempt organizations.  (The former is new for RI)

 

 

The headquarters of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation are in Evanston, Illinois, USA. There are associate foundations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, German, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.  

 

Contributions to The Rotary Foundation enables Rotary to carry out its live saving work.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate.

 

Thank you. 

As of April, 2019, nine cases of polio have been reported in the world specifically within the endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan.    Polio continues to spread in these countries due to the unchecked borders where movement of people threatens efforts to eradicate the disease.

 

The numbers of those affected have decreased dramatically since 2014, however polio is still found in the country.  In response to that, the government of Pakistan has increased the number of manned permanent transit posts across the Pakistan/Afghanistan border where children can be vaccinated against the virus.  Conflict, political insecurity and remoteness of areas, combined with a highly mobile population and logistical challenges are significant obstacles to Pakistan’s effort to eradicate polio.  

 

The difficult geographical terrain in Afghanistan has been responsible for polio outbreaks.  Areas of the country, which are home to nomads, seasonal and economic migrants and agricultural laborer families, make it hard for immunization teams to reach them.   

 

Rotary along with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and other NGOs continue their efforts to eradicate this dreadful disease.  Your financial support will support them – until the battle is finished.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate

Thank you.  

ROTARY MAKES HIGH-QUALITY HEALTH CARE AVAILABLE TO VULNERABLE MOTHERS AND CHILDREN, SO THEY CAN LIVE LONGER AND GROW STRONGER.  ROTARIANS WORK TO ACCESS QUALITY CARE, SO MOTHERS AND CHILDREN EVERYWHERE CAN HAVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE.  AN ESTIMATED 5.9 MILLION CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF FIVE DIE EACH YEAR BECAUSE OF MALNUTRITION, INADEQUATE HEALTH CARE AND POOR SANITATION – ALL OF WHICH CAN BE PREVENTED. 

 

HAITI HAS THE HIGHEST MATERNAL AND INFANT MORTALITY RATE OF ANY COUNTRY IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.  ROTARY PROVIDED A FULLY EQUIPPED MEDICAL JEEP TO VOLUNTEERS AND MIDWIVES TO REACH MOTHERS AND CHILDREN IN REMOTE AREAS.

 

IN CHENNAI, INDIA, WHERE THERE IS A HIGH MORTALITY RATE OF WOMEN WITH BREAST AND CERVICAL CANCER DUE TO A LATE DIAGNOSIS, ROTARIANS PROVIDED A MOBILE CANCER SCREENING UNIT AND AWARENESS TRAINING.

 

AND IN NIGERIA, ROTARY MEMBERS LAUNCHED A $3 MILLION, FIVE -YEAR PILOT PROGRAM TO SAVE THE LIVES OF MOTHERS AND CHILDREN DURING HOME DELIVERIES.  SINCE 2005, THEY’VE ALSO REPAIRED 1,500 OBSTETRIC FISTULAS RESTORING DIGNITY AND HOPE TO VULNERABLE MOTHERS.

 

YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE ROTARY FOUNDATION ENABLES THIS TO HAPPEN.   GIVING TO THE FOUNDATION IS MUCH EASIER – JUST GO TO ROTARY.ORG/DONATE,

THANK YOU. 

 

It takes more than installing sanitation facilities for a water and sanitation project to succeed in the long term.  It’s also important to cultivate healthy habits.  Good hygiene practices can reduce diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and pneumonia by nearly 50%. Washing hands with soap can save lives.  

 

The Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Victoria Australia, facilitates Operation Toilets, a program that builds toilets and delivers sanitation education to schools in developing countries including India and Ethiopia.  The group constructs separate facilities for boys and girls to ensure privacy, and Rotary members teach students how to wash their hands with soap. Workers in each school are instructed in how to maintain the facilities.

 

In the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Puchong Centennial Malaysia sponsored several speakers to instruct students about oral hygiene, hand washing and the importance of frequent bathing.  After each presentation, students were given kits that included toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, combs and other toiletries.

 

And in the United States, members from the Rotary Club of Ithaca in Ithaca, New York, visit schools within their district to instruct youngsters about the importance of handwashing and how to effectively wash their hands.

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Giving to the Foundation is much easier – just go to rotary.org/donate

 

Thank you.  

The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems – and one of the hardest to solve.  Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets.  But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed.  Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed.

 

Rusted water pumps and dilapidated sanitation facilities are familiar sights in parts of Africa, South America, and South Asia – monuments to service projects that proved UNSUSTAINABLE. 

 

That is why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration and sustainability.  Now TRF requires clubs and districts that apply for grants in other countries to show that local residents have developed a project plan that includes the above.  In doing so, projects are successful.

 

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.   Giving to the Foundation is easy – just go to rotary.org/donate,   Thank you.   

The lack of access to clean water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene resources is one of the world’s biggest health problems – and one of the hardest to solve.  Rotary has worked for decades to provide people with clean water by digging wells, laying pipes, providing filters, and installing sinks and toilets.  But the biggest challenge has come after the hardware is installed.  Too often, projects succeeded at first but eventually failed.

 

Rusted water pumps and dilapidated sanitation facilities are familiar sights in parts of Africa, South America, and South Asia – monuments to service projects that proved UNSUSTAINABLE. 

 

That is why Rotary has shifted its focus over the past several years to emphasize education, collaboration and sustainability.  Now TRF requires clubs and districts that apply for grants in other countries to show that local residents have developed a project plan that includes the above.  In doing so, projects are successful.

 

Your contribution to TRF enables this to happen.   Giving to the Foundation is easy – just go to rotary.org/donate,   Thank you.   

In response to emergency relief, The Rotary Foundation recently established a new support fund to receive contributions for disasters that strike around the world.  Entitled the Rotary Disaster Response Fund, staff in Programs and Grants will reach out to the affected areas and their districts to assess the need and desire for funding.  Upon a qualified response - much like a district grant - the affected district will be awarded funding in increments of up to $25,000, consulting the TRF chair as needed.  Only districts in the affected country may request a grant.  These districts can apply for more than one grant, and should some of the allocation not be used – the funds will be returned to the Disaster Fund.  Should requests exceed available funds, the General Secretary of RI will triage requests until additional funds are available.  

 

(The fund will accept DDF contributions and those in cash will be credited towards a club’s Annual Giving Goal and per capita giving calculations.  However the donations will NOT apply to SHARE or the DDF calculation. )  

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation and their new fund exemplifies RI’s mission to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders. Giving to the Foundation is easy – just go to rotary.org/donate

Thank you.   

Foundation Minute for Week of April  1

 

In Eastern Ukraine, thousands have died and millions have been displaced by the fighting between pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian military.  Children, many of whom have lost a parent or sibling, are among those affected by the violence, often suffering deep emotional scars.  When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, Rotary members throughout Poland stepped up to help.  Working with Rotary’s Poland-Ukraine Intercountry Committee, (Poland, Ukraine, Sweden and Slovakia.)  Rotarians began an annual two-week camp that allows kids to enjoy games, field trips, and outdoor activities while receiving support from mental health professionals.  It’s a peaceful place where they can begin to heal from the trauma of war.

 

Children who experience violence can be prone to violent behavior themselves.  This camp shows them a different path.

 

More than 100 children have attended over the past four years.  At first, some endure sleepless nights or nightmares.  A few withdraw and emotionally shut down. But over the two weeks, many relax, learn coping strategies, build connections to others with similar experiences and, perhaps most important, rediscover how to be kids again. 

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 

Foundation Minute for Week of March 25 –

 

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.  When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. 

 

Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotarians mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change. 

Rotary has partnered with the US Agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement such programs.  It has done the same in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.  Since 2013 the Foundation has invested in more than 1000 such programs in more than 100 countries. 

 

2030 is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene.  Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you for your generosity. 

 

Foundation Minute for Week of March 18

 

Mobile phones and simple text messages are not only used by us to update appointments, trace stock quotes, sport teams or your spouses’ where-abouts – they are now being used for the victory in the world’s largest public health initiative:  the eradication of polio.  As the disease retreats from the global stage, thriving in only a few remote areas in three countries, it’s up to health workers to deliver vaccines and share information with speed and accuracy.  Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative are strengthening lines of communication by giving cellphones to health workers in Pakistan and Nigeria where a single text message can save a life.  

 

Community health workers across Pakistan have received more than 5, 000 phones through a partnership with Rotary, its government as well as Telenor the country’s second-largest telecommunications provider and Eycon a data monitoring and evaluation specialist.  Cellphone technology signals tremendous progress in polio eradication. It gives governments and polio eradication leaders an advantage in the decisions needed to make to eliminate polio. 

 

Your continued support of Polioplus enables this happen.  Thank you. 

Foundation Minute for Week of March 11

 

Nearly 800 million people live on less that $1.90 a day!  Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.  Rotarians and its foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women in impoverished communities.  It provides training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions. It creates opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.

 

In Guatemala the Rotary Club of Guatemala de la Ermita helped 400 local women complete financial literacy courses, so they could pool their money and fund their own microlending program.  In Esmeraldas, Ecuador Rotary members helped grant more than 250 microloans, and train more the 270 community members in sewing, baking, plumbing, microcredit, business management and leadership.

 

And in West Cameroon, Rotary members gave farmers skills to improve soil fertility, control soil erosion, and market their produce resulting in increased crop yields and profits.

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enabled this to happen.  Thank you. 

Foundation Minute for Week of March 4

           

A project to provide clean water to all of Lebanon’s schools is uniting leaders from many of the country’s diverse religious, cultural, and political divisions!

 

In 2011 Rotary members in northern Lebanon decided to install new tanks and water filters in a few nearby schools with the help of a Rotary Foundation grant.  The idea caught on and two years later one giant water project that would reach every school in Lebanon and involve all 24 of the country’s Rotary clubs developed.

 

While clean water was the main objective, the leaders also saw the effort as a means of helping heal Lebanon’s long history of sectarian strife. Working alongside Rotarians of various faiths to promote the project deepened understanding of those with different religious or political views. 

 

This project exemplifies the mission of Rotary which is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

 

Your financial support enables this to happen.  Thank you. 

 

In 2011 Hong Kong native Spencer Leung applied and was accepted for a three-month Rotary Peace Fellow program for professionals in agriculture. His dream was to launch an organic seed operation in Thailand.  He believed that demand for organic food would continue to expand, and he wanted to do something good.  He states, “The more I looked in to it the more I believed organic agriculture could be a powerful peace building platform.  So he established Go Organics.

 

Go Organics aims to improve productivity and sustainability for farmers who cultivate less than five acres of crops, based on the belief that creating economic stability for small farmers will help cultivate peace.  It works to improve the marketplace for these farmers and to provide simple and cost-effective technologies that helps improve operations.   It offers farmers through microfinancing an affordable cold storage unit that will keep crops fresh up to ten days longer thus opening market opportunities.  Go Organics also guarantees the sale of a certain amount of their produce.  It introduced technologies to dry produce properly, to package them safely and to prevent the growth of mold. 

 

The mission of Go Organics is to channel the work to those who are in need and to bring these people into the workforce.  Small farms produce around 80% of the world’s food and make up 90% of the world’s 570 million farms.  Leung says, “If we can raise their standard of living – its sustainability – we’re going to make a lot of changes the whole world – it’s going to be amazing.”

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you

 

Our health is everything. Yet 400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.

Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to Rotarians. It leads efforts both large and small. It sets up temporary clinics, blood donation centers, and training facilities in underserved communities struggling with outbreaks and health care access. It designs and builds infrastructure that allows doctors, patients, and governments to work together.

As Rotarians our members combat diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, and polio. Prevention is important, which is why we also focus on health education and bringing people routine hearing, vision, and dental care.

Your contribution and support of The Rotary Foundation enables to happen.  Thank you. 

Through the Rotary Foundation amazing things happen!

In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girls’ school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.  Rotary members in the US partnered with ProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.  

 

Rotary members helped develop the SOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and US which teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.  

 

And Rotarians are providing clean, fresh water to every public school in Lebanon, so students can be healthier and get a better education!  

 

According to Rotarian Mark Wilson, “When you teach somebody how to read, they have that for a lifetime.  It ripples through the community, one by one.”

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you.  

Joi Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of North Garland County, Arkansas proves how a small club can make a difference in the world.  Through Rotary, Joi experienced a great love for the country of Kenya, and after her first visit she was invited by a friend to live a few weeks in a village a day’s drive from the Nairobi airport.  Before she left, the Rotary Club of Arlington South gave her $500 to do a project in the village that was comprised of a few houses, several huts, a school and a church – no electricity, no water and was located several miles from the nearest road. 

 

The day after she arrived she told Moses, the man that accompanied her, that she had a “little bit of money” from her club and asked if there was something they needed.  He told her they needed concrete to replace the floors in the school as the children were getting their uniforms dirty from having to sit on the floor all day.  She and Moses went to the nearest town and purchased gravel, sand, and cement – the villagers then completed the floors in all the rooms. 

 

The next week, she again told Moses that she had a “little bit of money” and asked if there was anything else they needed.  They needed glass to replace the broken windows in the school.  She and Moses bought large plates of glass and were able to place windows in the entire school.  The following week, she again told Moses that she had a “little bit of money” left – what else do they need?  They then purchased metal paint and brushes to paint the rusted tin roof.  And with a little more of that money left – they were able to make ladders with sticks and rope to paint the roof!  And on the last week that Joi stayed – she still had “a little money left” where they purchased school books and two cases of chalk!  They were completely out of chalk.

 

This experience built the foundation for other efforts including global grants for wells.  What a difference one small Rotary club can make with a little bit on money.  Thank you.   

 

Twelve generous supporters of Rotary's polio eradication efforts will have the opportunity to play golf with legend Jack Nicklaus, a Rotary ambassador for polio eradication.

 

Nicklaus plans to thank the next twelve (12) individuals who make a new donation of $250,000 or more to the PolioPlus Fund by inviting them to play golf with him at the Bear's Club in Jupiter, Florida, USA, on 12 March 2019. There, donors will be divided into three groups of four, and each group will play eighteen (18) holes of golf – six with Nicklaus. Donors who prefer not to golf may allow one friend or family member to golf in their place.

 

Space is limited to the first twelve (12) donors. To qualify, donors need to complete a gift intent form and make the full donation by 22 January 2019. Contact Harvey Newcomb III, Director of Principal Gifts at The Rotary Foundation, for more information. Please see the gift intent form for details.

 

What a super way to support the Rotary Foundation!!  Enjoy and keep your head down!

Recently, The Rotary Foundation was inducted into University of Oxford’s Chancellor’s Court of Benefactors for it continuous support of the university.  Since 1949 the foundation has provided scholarships to more than 200 Oxford scholars including a former American ambassador to the United Kingdom, a Pulitzer Prize winning author and investigative reporter with the New York Times, and a Director and Senior Fellow at the Ansari Africa Centre.  For almost 70 years, this support has enabled students from around the world to benefit from all that Oxford has to offer. 

 

Membership in the Court of Benefactors is conferred by the Chancellor on those who have been outstandingly generous towards the university.    The Rotary Foundation joins a prestigious list of over 250 members including Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Skoll Foundation. The members are from around the globe whose significant contributions have assisted Oxford in being the world ‘s leading institution that it is today.  

 

Your contribution to The Rotary Foundation enables this to happen.  Thank you. 

 

Late in August, a family of eight migrant persons from Honduras arrived at a refugee shelter, where Giorgio Algeri, a former Rotary Peace Fellow, was serving as a short-term volunteer in Tabasco, Mexico, near the Guatemala border.  The family of three adults and five children, most below the age of 10, had fled their country for security reasons and was waiting asylum.  There, the son of their landlord came home drunk and threatened the family with a machete, forcing them to leave all their belongs behind.  The refugee shelter welcomed them addressing their basic needs such as food, clothing and personal hygiene kits.

 

This emerging migration crisis is apparent in such countries as El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. It is also found in Spain, Malta and Italy.  The decision of governments such as the United States to deny migrants and refugees denotes an alarming worsening of human rights and represents a violation of international humanitarian law for the repatriation of vulnerable migrants. Anti -migrant alliances are creating a climate of hate and violence against migrants and refugees. 

 

“The one thing most vulnerable migrants and refugees have in common,” says Algeri, “is a desire to live safely with dignity. Existing initiatives and programs such as the one in Tabasco, play a crucial role and provide a safe pathway for such vulnerable groups.”  

 

He states, “ Everyone has a responsibility to promote acceptance of the right of others!  

You don’t need to be a humanitarian worker to make a difference. Anyone can contribute by holding an event to commemorate the rights of refugees, or taking part in social media campaigns.  You can also volunteer in service projects that promote a culture of positive peace and create a more constructive dialogue between migrants, refugees and host communities.  It’s time to stand up for the human rights of migrants and take action now. “ 

 

Contributions to the Rotary Foundation will enable this to happen.  Thank you.  

 
 
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Member Birthdays:
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