We’ve written before to share with you the details on the wonderful partnership between our club, others in our district and Rotary International – and the amazing work that’s be being done in Haiti. We’re happy to give you an update on our latest efforts.
Last year, we raised funds to initiate a third well-drilling project in Haiti. The total cost was $60,000 which came from matching grants from Rotary International as well as several clubs in our district. Three of the five wells included in the project have been completed and a community latrine has been started. This project should wrap up entirely by late March.
We recently began raising funds to being our fourth project in Haiti that will provide 6 wells and 2 latrines. We’re aiming to raise $80,000 this time around. We are so grateful to the following clubs for their participation and commitment:
- Our Own Salem Downtown: $4,500
- Keizer: $4,000
- Portland: $1,000
- Milwaukie: $1,000
- Newberg Early Bird: $1,000
- Dallas: $1,000
- South Portland: $1,000
- Lake Oswego: $2,000
- And a VERY generous donation from Wilsonville of $5,000
This totals $20,500 so far. Our goal for fundraising at the club level is $24,000, with the remaining funds to be provided by a matching grant from Rotary International. That means we’re just $3,500 away! If you and your club are interesting in getting involved, let us know! We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing partnership that is changing and saving lives.
This is Water and Sanitation Month on the Rotary International calendar. In that spirit, I thought I would share the attached handwritten note. It was delivered to me by Cynthia Witham from Lavaud Cheristin of Hinche, Haiti.
The text reads, “Dear President Mary, Thank you for sending Cynthia and the other Rotarians to see the realization of the last project/wells and latrines. Thank you also for this year’s project. Your time and financial help are appreciated. -Lavaud Cheristin, Secretary of Rotary Club Hinche.”
In my recent President’s Message of February 23, I wrote about Cynthia’s visit to Haiti, along with fellow Club member Bo Nyleen and others. Cynthia and Bo will present a program to our Club on March 30, along with photos of the projects we’ve sponsored in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. This is an excellent opportunity for you to invite interested guests and prospective Club members to a meeting. It will highlight some of the best work that our Club accomplishes on the global front. I hope to see you, and a good number of guests, to help celebrate all we do around the world as Rotarians.
Wednesday’s meeting: Oregon Community Foundation. Max Williams, President and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, will talk about the key OCF initiatives and programs that are truly making an impact across our state.
What a privilege it is to be part of the international community of Rotary. It takes an organization as huge and well organized as Rotary to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems. During this month of December, which is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month on the Rotary calendar, please watch this video about providing health care to hundreds of Ugandan children who have been orphaned by the loss of both parents to the AIDS epidemic.
Doing Good: Fighting Disease from Rotary International on Vimeo.
This week, our meeting is all about our club. We’ll celebrate the accomplishments thus far, and vote in our new officers for the 2016-2017 year. See you at the Salem Convention Center at 12pm!
In July, we told you (as did the Statesman Journal) about our partnership with Rotary clubs in Hinche, Haiti to provide clean drinking water. With help from Rotary International’s global grants, and the support of other Rotary clubs across our district, we were able to raise over $30,000 to provide safe drinking water for over 15,000 people.
We heard recently from Lavuad Cheristin – our liaison there. He sent these photos, along with the message, “Just looking at these photos, you will see how important your help is for water in the communities. See how people place their buckets and take a line. This is an every day true history from 5am to 8pm.”
In addition to the first grant, a second global grant has expanded our initial work, adding three wells and a community latrine in Hinche.
While we are happy to celebrate how far we’ve come, our work in Haiti isn’t done. We have much more we’d like to accomplish, and we’re launching another initiative to continue making the difference: Hope for Haiti 3.0.
This isn’t just a catchy name for this project. Hope is the little girl pictured above, who was adopted by the family of a Rotarian in our club. Hope for Haiti 3.0 is our next global grant that will provide water for a newly built school, irrigation for several acres for year round crops, and many rural townships. Sound intimidating? That’s the beauty of Rotary – your dollars go further to make real change. We need your support.
To read more about Haiti, Hope, and how you can get involved click here: Hope for Haiti 3.0 – Summary.
Did you know that Rotary is this close to ending polio? World wide.
On October 23rd, Rotary International will host our third annual World Polio Day event. You can tune into a live stream from New York City to catch the inspiration yourself. Guests will include Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and more. Click here to learn more and add the event to your calendar.
Between now and then, we’ll be posting “Finish Polio Friday’s” to remind you, inform you and keep you inspired.
Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries where the wild polio virus has never been stopped. Join us on World Polio Day to help end polio for good.
We’re this close. All we need is you.
We were happy to an article in The Statesman Journal this morning covering yesterday’s meeting. It shares the touching story of the way our club – as well as others in/around the Salem area – got involved with the well projects in Haiti.
Several of our members were quoted in the article, including Cynthia Witham. “It started with … a vision to give something back to the country that gave me a granddaughter.”
To read the entire article, click here.