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ISSUE 5 – NOV 2014
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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE
ROTARY INSTITUTE ZONE 20A/B:
Countdown to Marrakech
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IN THIS
ISSUE:
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GOOD IN THE WORLD: A perfect
tempus
way to Light up Rotary
CHAIRMAN’S
MESSAGE: It’s
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est mi,
ROTARY
IN
AFRICA:
Focus on District
Vocational
Services
Month
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2452 id,
euismod non,
EDUCATION:
A look at RC Cape
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quis, mi.
PROJECTS
SEEKING
Town's
Education Fund FUNDING
Mauris consequat
FIGHT AGAINST DIABETES: RC
Vacoas Launch Diabetes Guide
ROTARACT CORNER:
Outstanding Project Awards
dolor a sapien.”
And much more…
POLIO
STOP: All Eyes on Kano
State
ROTARY IN AFRICA: Focus on
District 2451 - Egypt
PROJECTS SEEKING
FUNDING: Adopt A Learner
AND MUCH MORE...
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See You In Marrakech
The count down to the ROTA
ground breaking Strategic
Planning Conference in
Marrakesh, is now just a few
days away!
I sincerely hope that by now all
our Regional Chairs have
finalised their Regional strategic
Plans, ready for presentation to
the rest of Africa.
I have come to learn that two
issues challenge our Marrakesh
meeting: one is the threat of
Ebola, which has afflicted some
parts of West Africa. The other
relates to the challenges that
some Rotarians, including
myself, have been experiencing
in trying to secure travel visas to
Morocco.
To kick off our historic meeting in
Marrakesh, I have invited, an
outstanding past President of RI,
who over the years has
championed humanitarian work
across Africa. Every time I listen
to him speak, I am always moved
to hear his passion for Africa.
On the issue of Ebola,
information available to me
assures that measures have
been put in place in affected
countries to ensure that those
who are travelling in and out of
these countries are clinically
protected. Ebola should
therefore not affect attendance at
our meeting at all.
I have invited Past RI President
Raja Saboo, who I am sure is
well known to all of us to kick
start our meeting, with his
reflections on the Future of
Rotary in Africa. He will motivate
us during the cocktail reception,
which I will be hosting on the
evening of Sunday 16th
November. Be sure to arrive in
A more vexing issue is the
acquisition of visas for Rotarians
coming from countries where
there are no Moroccan
diplomatic missions, like my own
country, Zambia. Serious
problems are being encountered
and could affect attendance at
our meeting.
CHAIRMAN’S
MESSAGE
PDG Patrick D. Chisanga
ROTA Chair 2014/15
good time.
Mark Your Calendars:
RI Zone 20A/B Institute, Marrakesh,
Morocco: 11-16 November, 2014
ROTA Meeting, Marrakesh, Morocco:
17-18 November, 2014
2015 RI Convention, Sao Paolo,
Brazil: 6-9 June, 2015
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CHAIRMAN’S
MESSAGE…
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I would like to appeal to the Moroccan Rotarians to prevail
upon the Moroccan authorities, to consider issuing Visas to
Rotarians on arrival at the ports of Entry. It can be done.
We did it before in 2012, when District 9210 hosted the RI
Institute in Zambia.
I am looking forward to seeing you all in Marrakesh.
Your Partner in lighting Up Rotary in Africa.
EDITOR’S NOTE
EDITOR’S NOTE
Geeta Manek
Newsletter Editor
2014/15
My Fellow Rotarians
and friends,
The year is literally
winding down and
nearing its end. It’s
October already, our
PDG Geeta
Manek
Vocational
Services
ROTA Newsletter Editor
Month and
it feels like
2014/15
just the other day when
we sent out our first
ROTA issue.
Countdown to Marrakech
Are you as excited as I am
about the upcoming Marrakech
Institute? The November
Institute is finally upon us and it
promises to be FANTASTIC. I
look forward to featuring some
of the Institutes stories in our
December issue, for those who
may not be able to participate
this year; especially our cross
continental partners. But to
whet your appetites now, so
that you can make that decision
to finalise your travel plans, just
in case you haven’t already,
this issue includes some cool
and fun facts about Morocco,
our Institute destination
country. Overall, I hope you’ll
love our compilation.
November is also Foundation
month and our ROTA Secretary
PDG Okwor, shares his
thoughts on the same. This and
more…
improvement suggestions you
may want incorporated in
subsequent issues of, even
sharing what you don’t like. We
are still working hard to source
Rotary stories from all over the
continent. I urge you friends, to
help make our ROTA issue as
diverse and as inclusive in
content and quality as possible.
We are so many districts and
clubs. Each one of us has a
great story to share.
Please note our article
guideline. Articles should
strictly be 200 to 400 words
(500 words max) and
accompanied by a high quality
image/ picture. Email us at
[email protected] by the
15th of the month.
As always my dear friends,
Happy Reading! Viva Rotary
in Africa!
www.Reachouttoafrica.org
I welcome feedback on any
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FROM THE
SECRETARY’S
DESK
Doing good in the world
A Perfect Way To ‘Light Up
Rotary’
The Rotary Foundation (TRF)
is the mirror by which the world
views Rotary.
Basically, all humanitarian
projects and programs of
Rotary International (RI) are
undertaking by the
Foundation. Without TRF,
Rotary will just be a mere
social club. Our Foundation
(that is your Foundation and
my Foundation) distinguishes
us from other service
organizations. TRF is the
oxygen that is keeping us
alive. No one can survive
without oxygen. Impliedly, our
continuous survival is largely
dependent on our continuous
support to TRF.
Unfortunately, some of us
have an unenviable record of
giving zero dollars to TRF.
What that means is that some
of us have never donated to
TRF. I want us to draw an
analogy between payment of
dues which is an income
accruable to Rotary
International (RI) and wilful
giving to TRF. RI and TRF are
two separate entities managed
by two separate sets of
Rotarians running different
accounts and executing different
programs. Payment of dues to
your club does not translate to
giving to TRF.
Some of us are one-time givers.
We boast that we are already
Paul Harris Fellows (PHFs) or
Benefactors and that is all there
is to it. While thanking you for
your earlier donation, I wish to
reiterate that your money has
been judiciously utilized on
projects and programs that
addressed the need of the
society. Your money has no
doubt saved lives somewhere,
but there are numerous
problems still begging our
attention and support. We
should therefore cultivate the
habit of giving to TRF annually.
Most Rotarians who pride in
being PHFs should make a
major gift to TRF and become
major donors or Arch Klump
Society members.
PDG Lawrence Okwor
ROTA Secretary 2014/15
The Chair of ROTA, PDG
Patrick D. Chisanga has
made giving and
participation in TRF one of
his major emphasis for
Africa. Districts are
enjoined to form Paul
Harris Societies, which is
a commitment by
Rotarians to give a
minimum of $1,000 to the
Annual Programs Fund
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annually. Similarly, no club
should record zero giving and
no Rotarian should let a
Rotary year pass by without
giving (however minimal) to
the Foundation.
I must emphasise that giving
to the Foundation is not for
the rich, but for those who
understand the true meaning
of Rotary.
It is by Rotarians and friends
intent on sharing their limited
resources with others.
Friends, the surest way to
‘light up Rotary’ in our
world today, remains to
contribute handsomely to
TRF. In so doing, Rotary will
be empowered to continue
doing good in the world.
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COUNTDOWN…
MARRAKESH INSTITUTE: ONE MORE WEEK
DATES: 11th to 16th November 2014, Marrakesh,
Morocco.
This year’s Zone 20B GETS and Institute that will be held in Marrakesh,
Morocco is only ONE WEEK away. It has been expanded in size and
scope to accommodate participants from all of Zone 20. This decision
followed the unfortunate cancellation of the Accra, Ghana Zone 20A GETS
and Institute following the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. If you had made
early arrangements to attend the Accra GETS/Institute, don’t worry; you
can still enjoy an Institute meeting this year, by attending the corresponding
meetings in Marrakech NEXT WEEK.
Looking Forward to Seeing You in Morocco!
Register on: http://rotarymarrakechinstitute2014.ma
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FEATURE:
OH MARRAKESH…
Oh Marrakech, the setting for many a book. If you’re
an avid reader like I am, you will be glad to know
that there are over 83 fiction and non-fiction books
set in Marrakech. Over 1,000 years old, Marrakech
is said to have for a long time enchanted writers,
film stars, colonialists, con artists, fashion icons,
hippies and rock stars. Simply, it’s deeply rich
tapestry is enough to get many an author’s creative
juices going.
In a week’s time, Rotarians from Zone 20A and B
are off to the city of Marrakech in the North West of
Morocco. You will be glad to know that this city is
the third largest after Casablanca and Rabat and is
the most visited in Morocco. So to say that the
backdrop of this years’ Rotary Institute is perfect,
would be putting it mildly.
So what can we expect?
A sneak insight at a couple of online reviews and
traveller logs provides a backdrop of what to expect
of this intoxicating Medina city. I thought to share a
few pointers picked up from past visitor and tourist
reviews.
1. Uniqueness: If you’re a frequent traveller,
first off, expect it to be unlike anywhere else
you’ve been. Expect to be welcomed with an
assault to your senses, a mish mash of
noises, smells, traffic, not forgetting the
haggling and the heat. In the words of
blogger traveller Elle Croft, “There is just
nothing subtle about this beautiful African
city”.
Lilian Okado
Club President, RC
Muthaiga 2014/15
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OH MARRAKESH cont’…
2. Cash is King: ATMs are not very easy to
find within the ancient medina and the ones
that can be found at Jemaa el-Fna the
main square, don’t always accept foreign
cards. When you land at the Marrakech
Menara Airport, remember to visit the
Forex Bureau located at arrivals, you will
have a better time getting around with local
currency.
3. When in Rome dress like the Romans:
Morocco is a hot country, but it’s also a
devoutly Muslim country. It’s tempting to
reveal all in the heat, but be sensitive and
keep your short shorts home, especially if
you’re female. You can’t go wrong with
conservative clothing. For the gents that
would be t-shirts over tank tops, and for
women: covered shoulders and knee
length skirts over bare backs.
4. Enjoy Getting Lost: Enjoy the twists and
turns and unmarked streets of Marrakech.
You will see some bright signs in the main
square, but it appears these signs are
wrong! I am not sure if this is deliberate or
not. If you choose to follow them, get ready
to go in circles and further down into the
winding alleys of the souks. I suppose that’
why they’re there.
5. Enjoy the buzz: Marrakech is a city abuzz
most of the time. From cars to, bicycles,
motorcycles, donkeys, horses, donkeys
with trailers, horses with carriages, stray
cats and plenty of other pedestrians
crisscrossing their way across the streets.
With no footpaths, no lanes and very few
traffic lights, a constant buzz is a great
descriptor for the continual activity.
lifestyle of the city take a cab. The medina
area is small, so you can get around
easily. You can also cab it at 40 Dirhams,
which is less than £3.50 and experience
the crazy traffic like a local would.
7. Haggling is ok: In Marrakech they are
used to tourists, so they will be ok with
you trying to get the best deal. So say you
want to catch a cab, haggle for a
reasonable price, and agree on the fare
before you get in. You can expect to be
charged more than double the locals, so
haggle, especially if on a tight budget. It
should cost you 30-40 Dirhams to get
anywhere within the medina. The same
goes for buying trinkets in the souks; don’t
be shy about driving the price down, with
a smile of course. And Lastly,
8. Don’t leave with your Dirhams:
Important to note is the fact that the
Dirham is a closed currency, you won’t be
able to change it back on your way out.
On your way in, don’t change excess cash
unless you’re planning to use it all. But if
you do get stuck with extra cash on your
way out, the souks are a good place to
dispose of it on beautiful leather goods,
spices, rugs, or hundreds of other exotic
gifts. Remember the traffic and relaxed
pace of the city and plan to get to the
airport with plenty of time, to avoid missing
you flight back home.
6. Cab it for the thrill: If you’re visiting for a
short while and want to experience the
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Do you Know Your
Neighbouring
District?
Arising from an invitation to
address the 2014 Zones 30
and 31 Institute in Kansas City
about doing projects in Africa,
Past District Governor of
District 9370, Nick Phillips,
decided to compile a booklet
showcasing all the Rotary
districts on our beautiful
continent.
The vastness and complexities
of Africa are little understood by
many people and this booklet
attempts to put the diversity and
needs of our Rotary districts into
some sort of perspective for our
brothers and sisters outside
the continent.
Every month the ROTA
editorial team, will serialize this
booklet and highlight one
Rotary district in Africa.
Last month, we started with
District 2451(Egypt). This
month we continue with District
2452 comprising of nine
countries namely, Lebanon,
Cyprus, Jordan, Sudan,
Bahrain, UAE, Georgia,
Armenia and Palestine.
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ROTARY IN
AFRICA
This month we focus
on District 2452
Khartoum Rotary Club, in partnership with TRF,
- sodales.
District 9500, Adelaide West RC
and the Rotary
Clubs of Bahrain, successfully completed a
project that supplies safe drinking water to more
than 6,000 people (and their animals) living in 7
villages in the area of Migrih, which is in Gedarif
State in the southeast of the Republic of the
Sudan.
District 2452: Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan,
Sudan, Bahrain, UAE, Georgia, Armenia and
Palestine
More than 84 years old, District 2452
comprises multi countries, multi cultures and
multi languages. It is present in 3 continents
and 9 countries of which Sudan is in Africa.
Since 2013 our district has incorporated the
countries of Lebanon, Cyprus, Jordan, Sudan,
Bahrain, UAE, Georgia, Armenia and
Palestine.
If you would like to learn more about
partnering with us, please contact 2014-2015
DG Khalil Alsharif at [email protected]
He will direct your enquiry to the correct club
or district committee.
At a cost of approx. US$120,000, the project
provided two large fenced waterholes (known
locally as “hafirs”) with a capacity of 30,000
cubic meters each to store rain water during the
short rainy season for human and animal
consumption and use. Each hafir includes a
collection canal, collection, sedimentation and
exit wells, a water treatment unit, a generator
and a storage tank.
Underground water is not accessible in the
Migrih area, and prior to completion of the
project, the people of Migrih had to purchase
water (often unclean) from one small privatelyowned hafir at US$3 per barrel, which was
more than twice the average daily income.
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PROJECT WISH LIST
To provide training to 275 village midwives in
Khartoum State, the Republic of the Sudan:
Khartoum Rotary Club successfully sponsored
a one-week refresher-training course, for 30
village midwives (“VMWs”) - the provision of
well-trained VMWs has been identified by
various governmental and international bodies
(including the UN) as necessary, to reduce
maternal and child mortality rates in the Sudan which have continued to rise across the country
in recent years. The training not only focused
on enhancing the VMWs’ medical skills, but
also on improving their leadership and
Communication skills.
The intention is that these VMWs will return to
their communities empowered to actively
promote maternal and child health and to
campaign against issues such as female genital
mutilation, child marriages and HIV/AIDs. To
incentivize VMWs to attend the training,
Khartoum Rotary Club provided a free
midwifery medical kit to each participant. The
training was done in collaboration with the
Sudanese Ministry of Health, the World Health
Organisation, and Ahfad University for Women
(which is renowned as a pioneer in female
education and empowerment in the Sudan).
Khartoum Rotary Club wishes to find Rotary
clubs and districts to partner with in a TRF
matching grant (total cost US$ 71,500) to
provide these refresher-training courses to an
additional 275 VMWs in Khartoum State.
For more information on this project, please
contact Past President Zuheir Saeed on
email: [email protected]
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OUR
STORIES
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FROM INDIA TO RWANDA
WITH LOVE
Rwanda’s 3rd Medical Mission
By DG Jean Runuya & PDG Jean-Pierre Lasseni
Duboze D9150, 2012/13
This was a global grant project between District 9150
(host partners) and District 3080 (International
Partners). Other key local partner in the host country
Rwanda, was the Government of Rwanda, through
the Ministry of Health.
Tell me what is better: to see the expression on the
face of a child following a successful operation, or to
receive a hug from a child because they know you are
there to help? Or is it the cry of a mother who knows
because of her surgery, she will no longer live with
her burden, or a blessing from an old lady, who sees
hope through you?
Thanks to Rotary Doctors from India, the under
privileged communities of Rwanda now know that the
Family of Rotary does not just comprise wealthy,
thoughtless people who do not care about others, but
real people whom they would want to be associated
with for a lifetime.
In September, for the 3rd year in a row, hundreds of
Rwandese nationals, gained access to some of
India’s top general and plastic surgeons; specifically a
highly qualified team of 10 Surgeons (Orthopedic,
plastic and maxillofacial), 4 anesthesiologists, 1
psychologist and 12 volunteers.
For ten days in the month of August, 144 people
underwent FREE complex and rare surgical
procedures (Orthopedic, Maxillo-Facial and Plastic
Surgery) at the Rotary Medical Training Mission; an
experience that for most patients, was inarguably life
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Rwanda’s 3rd Medical Mission cont’…
transforming.
The camp based at the University Teaching
Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), was ‘a very fruitful
exercise’, according to DG Jean Runuya. It
highlighted the effectiveness of Rotary as a
community centred organisation to the entire
Rwandan community and beyond. “Words
cannot begin to express the value of being able
to help the needy, with no strings attached.
Because of Rotary, we are saving many lives.
This is a real blessing and what the community
needs,’ he stated.
Col. Dilip Patnalik, the current DG of D3080,
also expressed gratitude to the Rwandan
government for giving them an opportunity to
once again serve humanity and subsequently
reduce patient backlog at the Teaching
hospital. Past President of RI, Rajendra K.
Saboo, also a member of the mission, noted
though that despite the mission’s success, a
gap continues exists in the number of surgeons
available locally and there still is great need for
the Rwanda government to train more.
The camp received unexpected high numbers
of beneficiaries that were well managed with
sufficient supplies and equipment for patients.
It was also a unique opportunity for the doctors
from India to network and gain valuable local
contacts, as well as contacts from Ministry of
Health. According to Past President Saboo,
these connections are of great importance for
similar future projects. “Moreover,” he adds, “it
illustrates so well the force of what can be done
to relieve human misery through Rotary, its
Foundation and the ROTA program, and
deserves to be reproduced on the continent.
END.
RC Kasangati Family Day
(D9211)
The Rotary
Day event for
Rotary Club of
Kasangati was
held on
Saturday
October 11,
2014, at the
Kaggo Ssaza
Grounds in
Kasangati.
This
was a very important and
special event; very different from past celebrations held over
the last 12 years, since the club’s charter. Organized in
partnership with Centenary Bank Limited, Kasangati Saza
authorities, Equity Bank, UgaChick, Shell Gayaza, Gifted
Hands, Peter’s and TTB Investments, this fun day was in,
Julie Kamuze-Musoke
RC Kasangati
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response to President Gary Huang's call for
clubs to Light Up Rotary in 2014-2015. The day
seeks to involve non-Rotarians and attract them
to join Rotary.
The Rotary Day coincided with celebrations of
the club's Charter night on October 12. Unlike
the normal celebrations of the Charter night,
where we hold a Bazaar side by side with the
medical outreach, this year was different.
There were several activities including: Bicycle
racing, a march in the community, football,
netball, a bazaar, award giving and charter
celebrations. In addition, children were
thoroughly entertained. The day started off at
8:15 am with the bicycle race, flagged off by our
own President, Florence Kanyike. The Red
Cross Band then led Rotarians and other
community members in a 5km march. This
happened while footballers and netballers
warmed up for their match, accompanied by
Rotary music. The Bazaar, which was manned
by Interactors, saw old usable items sell at fair
prices.
The Guest of Honour was Assistant Governor
Fabian Kaasi, from the RC Kiwatule and the
Managing Director of Centenary Bank Limited.
In his remarks, AG Kaasi applauded RC
Kasangati for having set the record this year
with the Rotary Day Event. Several participants
walked away with awards in form of cash and
other items. Later in the evening, the club
celebrated its Charter Night graced by IPDG
Emmanuel Katongole, who applauded the club
for the day's activities. He also inducted two
members into the club increasing its
membership by two, in the first quarter of the
2014-2015.
The RC Kasangati Rotary Day, no doubt will be
a day to remember for all who participated.
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FRE: La Santé MèreEnfant et le Projet de
Création d’une Unité de
Soins Intensifs du RC
Vacoas
Par Rtn Nadia CHAN THIO HINE -BUNDHOO
Même si une partie des mortalities chez les
patients en ceintes sont inévitables, la plupart
des décès maternels sont évitables à condition
quell es soins nécessaires pour prévenir ougérer
les complications soient connus.
Le projet de construction d’une Unité de
Soins Intensifs du RCV
Dans tous les hôpitaux publics de Maurice, il
existe des unites de soins intensifs chirurgicaux
et médicaux, avec l'équipementet le personnel
adéquat.
L'obstétrique es tune spécialité qui nécessite
aussi la mise en place d’unegestion et des
soins spécifiques pour la mere et son bébé.
déjà donnés on accord de principe pourquele
Rotary Club de Vacoas crée cette unite
obstétrica le de soins intensifs.
Une space(salle) doit être identifié à l'hôpital
Victoria et ce lasera fait en concertation avec le
personnel de l'hôpital.
Actuellement, les femme senceintes à
hautrisque sont prise sencharge
soitdanslesunitésdesoinsintensifsparmilesautres
patients,soit dans les
services«normaux»prenatals et post-natals alors
qu’elle sont besoin d'une surveillance étroite
specialise et dessoins intensifs parrapport aux
femmes ayant des grossess es normales.
Le Rotary Club de Vacoas devra rénover la sale
identifiée et fournir tous les équipements
nécessaires pour cette aile.
Les équipements sont composes des
équipements médicaux et non médicaux.
La renovation de la sale se fera en gardant à
l'espritl 'intimité et le confort des patients ainsi
que du personnel.
Ainsi, la construction d’une unite de soins
intensifs d'obstétrique(OICU) vasans aucun
doute contribuer à réduire le taux
demorbiditéet demortalité maternelle des
femmes à Maurice.
Le OICU permettra d’accueillir les femmes
enceintes présentant des risques élevés avant,
pendant et après l'accouchement et ceci dans
les meilleures conditions etres pect de leur vie
privée.
Le Ministère de la Santéet de la Qualité de viea
Le personnel dédié aura tous les équipements
nécessaires à portée demain eté voluer ont
dansune space modern et confortable.
Le résultat final attend sera la creation d'une
nouvelle unite de soins équipée et permettant
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La Santé Mère-Enfant et le Projet de Création
d’une Unité de Soins Intensifs du RC Vacoas
continue…
Le personnel dédié aura tous les équipements
nécessaires à portée demain eté voluer ont
dansune space modern et confortable. Le
résultat final attend sera la creation d'une
nouvelle unite de soins équipée et permettant
de traiter efficacement les patients à haut projet
est de 3,5millions de Roupies. Le RCV est
actuellement en phase de recherché de
risque,dans un environnement privé moderne.
Le budget nécessaire à la realisation de ce
projet est de 3,5millions de Roupies. Le RCV
est actuellement en phase de recherché de
financement. Tous les généreux donateurs
sont les bienvenus!
PROFILE
Up close and candid with the Uganda
High Commissioner
My take on being a Rotarian
Born, bred and raised in Tosamaganga, a Catholic
mission in Tanzania, HE Angelina Wapakhabulo, is a
down to earth, proud grandmother of seven, who
appreciates all the favours God has granted her.
I met James, a Ugandan, while
we were both students at the
University of Dar es salaam
and at 21 got married to him till
death did us part 34 years
later. Blessed with four
children, I soon became a
Ugandan Citizen and I must
say, not once I have
felt discriminated in because of
my origins.
H.E Angelina Wapakhabulo
RC Muthaiga
I am very good at and love
doing; but no thanks, after
serving as a Minister's wife for
17 years, I turned down calls to
take on my husband's
constituency after his passing
on.
My Vocation
In 2009, I was humbled and
greatly honoured, when HE
I have been in business, social
Yoweri K Museveni appointed
work, and by association in
me Uganda's High
politics, where mobilization for
Commissioner to Kenya,
demonstrating the President's
what I believe in, is something
demonstrating the President's
demonstrating the President's
RCV est actuellement en
16
phase de recherché de
RCV est actuellement en
financement. Tous les
phase de recherché de financement. Tous les généreux
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My take on being a Rotarian cont’…
confidence in my commitment and loyalty to
Uganda, my adopted home.
As High Commissioner, I head a team at the
Uganda Mission in Nairobi, whose prime
responsibility is to promote confidence in my
commitment and loyalty to Uganda, my
adopted home.
As High Commissioner, I head a team at the
Uganda Mission in Nairobi, whose prime
responsibility is to promote and protect
Uganda's interests in Kenya, consolidate and
enhance good bilateral relations between our
two countries, promote investment and trade
between us, and provide consular services to
our nationals, those wishing to visit Uganda
and need visas. The Mission also promotes
the East Africa integration process and
participates in various forums towards
achieving this. I also represent Uganda as the
Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN
Habitat, which are based here in Nairobi.
As a Rotarian, I have always tried to make
time to serve the community through
participation in club activities and projects, as
well as serving on a voluntary basis, on
Boards of Community based Organisations
(CBOs) in Uganda and globally. I am a co
founder of an NGO that promotes provision of
HIV/AIDS sensitization and treatment, within
market places and currently serve as Patron.
Over the years, I have won several
commendations and awards, all relating to my
work with the less privileged including
programs, which build capacities of orphans
and vulnerable children. I was the recipient of
the 2014 Life Time Achievement Award by
MTN Uganda.
Rotary to me is a lifestyle you choose to live,
regardless of the position you occupy or
circumstances you are in! It is a lifestyle, I
believe in and continue to live out. I therefore
encourage those who are not Rotarians, to
join us and experience the joy of, ‘Serving
Above Self’.
Rotary is my lifestyle
POLIO CORNER
POLIO CORNER
POLIO CORNER
POLIO FACTS: DID
YOU KNOW?
This October is the
100th Birth Anniversary
of Jonas Salk, inventor of
the first effective vaccine
against Polio. It is said
that Jonas Salk refused to
patent his invention in
order to keep the cost low.
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POLIO CAMPAIGN
Rotarians Across Africa
Campaign To End Polio
SAILS OF ROTARY on the 9th November
to raise funds for the END POLIO NOW
campaign and the attached document is
self-explanatory. (The attached photo is of
the Double Page that appeared in the
Rotarian early this year).
The event provides work for traditional
fishermen (an underprivileged class) and
also promotes the preservation of our
heritage; the timber built fishing boats.
We are inviting clubs to sponsor a boat
which will run under their colours for Euros
200 /
USD
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POLIO
STORIES
The Rotary End polio campaign flash mob
was the pre-cursor to the End polio Walk held
on the 27th of September by Rotarians in
major cities of Kenya (Nairobi, Mombasa,
Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Naivasha, Meru
cities all participated). The flash mob led by
Rotaractors in the Nairobi CBD a week prior to
the walk attracted many curious onlookers and
participants to the walk.
NB: The End Polio walk culminated in
setting of a Guinness book of world
records: i.e. record for the most Rotarians
to do the ‘this close’ polio sign, together.
Members of the Rotary
Club Of Asokoro,
District 9125, Abuja,
Nigeria. at the End Polio
Walk/Roadshow in
Abuja, on 19th
October.
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Comemore a
Diversidade
De Onde Estou
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SPECIAL: AFRICAN PROJECTS SEEKING
FUNDING
PROJECT: REFRESHER
TRAINING COURSE FOR
VILLAGE MIDWIVES – RC
KHARTOUM
AREA OF FOCUS: Maternal &
Child Health Care
BUDGET: $71,500
CONTACT: Zuheir Saeed
EMAIL: [email protected]
The provision of well-trained VMWs has been
identified by various governmental and
international bodies (including the UN) as
necessary to reduce maternal and child
mortality rates in the Sudan, which have
continued to rise across the country in recent
years. The training focused on enhancing the
VMWs’ medical skills, but also on improving
their leadership and
communication skills.
Health Organisation, and Ahfad University for
Women (which is renowned as a pioneer in
female education and empowerment in the
Sudan).
The intention is that these VMWs will return to
their communities empowered to actively
promote maternal and child health and to
campaign against issues such as female
genital mutilation, child marriages and
HIV/AIDs. To incentivize VMWs to attend the
training, Khartoum Rotary Club provided a
free midwifery medical kit to each participant.
The training was done in collaboration with
the Sudanese Ministry of Health, the World
Health Organisation, and Ahfad University for
Women (which is renowned as a pioneer in
female education and empowerment in the
Sudan).
For more information on this project,
please contact PP Zuheir Saeed
E-mail: [email protected]
Khartoum Rotary Club wishes to find Rotary
clubs and districts to partner with in a TRF
Khartoum Rotary Club wishes to find Rotary
clubs and districts to partner with in a TRF
matching grant (total cost US$ 71,500) to
provide these refresher-training courses to an
additional 275 VMWs in Khartoum State.
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Official statement with regards to a joke inserted in the
October ROTA Newsletter Humour section.
ROTA HUMOR
We received a couple of emails from some of our valued
ROTA readers, concerning a joke published in the October
ROTA issue that appeared inappropriate. We would like to
state that in no way did the ROTA Editorial Team intended
to offend any of our readers and we apologise for any
distress caused as a result. We confirm that this joke was
immediately deleted from our Humour section and the
edited newsletter, resent to the ROTA Website team for
upload onto our ROTA website. Going forward, we will
continue to bring you interesting and acceptable Rotary in
Africa news and humour that appeals to all.
ROTA Newsletter Editorial Team 2014/15
Reaching the end of a job interview,
the Human Resources Officer asks a
young engineer fresh out of the
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, "And what starting salary
are you looking for?" The engineer
replies, "In the region of $125,000 a
year, depending on the benefits
package."
The interviewer inquires, "Well, what
would you say to a package of five
weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full
medical and dental, company
matching retirement fund to 50% of
salary, and a company car leased
every two years, say, a red Corvette?"
The engineer sits up straight and says,
"Wow! Are you kidding?"
The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you
started it.
My friend thinks he is smart. He told
me an onion is the only food that
makes you cry, so I threw a coconut
at his face.
A teacher asked her students to
use the word "beans" in a
sentence. "My father grows
beans," said one girl. "My
mother cooks beans," said a
boy. A third student spoke up,
"We are all human beans."
Instead of "the John," I call my
washroom "the Jim." That way it
sounds better when I say I go to
the Jim first thing every morning.
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PICTURES SPEAK A THOUSAND WORDS
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