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Posted by Ernest Hauser on Sep 28, 2016
Maria Jose Perez
First College Graduate of Children of the Dump
A note from Bill Davis
At the meeting last week assistant Governor Dale Mellencamp offered some kind words about the history of our club with the Children of the Dump project in Nicaragua and at that meeting I mentioned that the first college graduate from the Children of the Dump, Maria Jose Perez, had spoken to our club several years ago.
I thought the members might be interested in the update I received from Maria this afternoon. Picture attached.
Message from Maria:
“I finished my MBA degree last year and was admitted as a CPA last month.
Member of the Rotary Club of Chinendega San Cristobal and will become an officer of the Club in two weeks.
A volunteer with Foundation Chinendega 2001.
Employed by the largest sugar company in Nicaragua as an auditor.
I am married and am so grateful for all the Rotarian support for our community and myself.
Assistant District Governor Dale Mellencamp shared an example of what Rotary does to help others. He recognized our club's initiation of The Children of the Dump project that rescued children that were living off of food obtained from the local dump in , Chinandega, Nicaragua. Several Rotarians that were involved shared the activities that were involved in initiating the project. This project was ultimately used as a template for International Projects. We continue to provide monetary support. Rotarians Frank Huezo and Jim Kite have done excellent jobs in continuing this project. Father Marco Dessy, a local Priest played a pivotal role. Numerous children have obtained an education to help them move forward in life. Go to www.childrenofthedumps.org to learn more. Service Above Self.
Posted by Ernest Hauser on Sep 28, 2016
Children of The Dump History
In the remote northwest corner of Nicaragua, just three hours from Houston, Texas there lived over 800 children living off of the garbage of the city dump of the city of Chinandega, Nicaragua. These children were digging through the garbage, with their bodies full of open sores, desperately looking for something to eat. Children were competing with dogs, cattle and adults for scraps of food.
In 1995 a missionary, Padre Marco Dessy, began working with these children by means of a small school where the students also received a hot lunch each day; but he only had room and funds to support about 90 children. A Rotary Club from Humble, Texas began an effort to expand the school and provide additional funds. Then in 1998, Hurricane Mitch destroyed the northern region around Chinandega leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless with their homes, farms, cattle, tools and everything gone. They also ended up at the city dump compounding the problem. Rotarians from the Houston area responded.
Posted by Ernest Hauser on Sep 20, 2016
The Rotary Club of Humble is honored to sponsor Annum Jaffer for a Global Scholarship. Annum was referred to us by the Rotary Club of West U. She graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 2013 and is currently a third year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine.
Annum is highly active in both local and global communities. She has been a founding member or leader to 5 service based organizations. In addition to leading those groups, she is an active participant in many other groups and independent volunteering projects. We are particularly moved by her choice to volunteer independently in Greece last year. Upon arriving in Lesvos, she found the Moria Refugee Camp. She worked there in the medical clinic assisting Turkish refugees. She is making plans to travel to the middle east this winter vacation to find another project.
Annum’s intended area of focus for the Global Scholarship is Peace and Conflict Resolution. Her personal and academic interests are pediatrics, global health, and human rights advocacy. Her travels and experiences have allowed her to see how poor health and wellness are directly tied to conflict. It is her vision to bridge the gap.
This young lady lives the ideal of service above self. She is an ambitious young leader and we are confident she will represent our club and Rotary well. You can look forward to meeting her at an upcoming Wednesday meeting soon.
The District anticipates awarding three $30,000 Global Scholarships for the 2017-18 academic year and we understand that there are currently six candidates. Interviews with the candidates will take place on November19, 2016.
Submitted by former Rotary Global Scholar Jennifer Mutchler who will serve as Annum's counsellor.
Posted by Ernest Hauser on Sep 13, 2016
Pam, Herman and Michael attended the Gulf Coast Leadership Institute this past weekend.
Posted by Ernest Hauser on Sep 09, 2016
Paul Kern is inducted as a new member and shares some information so that we can get to know him. Paul is already engaged by being a mentor to a Lakeland Elementary student. Welcome Paul.
Nigeria reclassified as polio endemic
Nigeria reported three cases of wild poliovirus in the northeastern state of Borno in August of this year. Following the World Health Organization's confirmation of these cases, the country returned to the list of polio-endemic countries. The other polio-endemic countries are Afghanistan and Pakistan. These are the first cases detected in the country since July 2014, and while this news is disappointing for all Rotary members, we are confident that Nigeria can defeat polio. Rotary provided $500,000 to assist immediately with the outbreak response, and an emergency response plan has been put...
Rotary recognized on public television's 'American Graduate Day'
Rotary was recognized on 17 September on public television's fifth annual American Graduate Day program for its work with San Diego-based Monarch School, a K-12 school for homeless youth. The Rotary Club of San Diego, California, USA, was applauded for its work mentoring Monarch's students, keeping them on track to graduate, and helping the school to continue thriving during tough economic times. Monarch School CEO Erin Spiewak appeared as one of the show's guests, along with Monarch Alumnus Cynthia Valenzuela, who attested to the positive, life-changing experience Monarch School gave her and...
Nations around the world will observe the International Day of Peace on 21 September, a date designated by the United Nations in 2001 as "a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence." Rotary's commitment to building peace and resolving conflict is rooted in the Rotary Peace Centers program, formed in 2002. Each year, the program prepares up to 100 fellows to work for peace through a two-year master's degree program or a three-month professional certificate program at university partners worldwide. Today, nearly 1,000 peace centers alumni are applying their skills — negotiating peace in conflict...
Charity Navigator upgrades Rotary Foundation’s rating
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on 1 September, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation will use donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. In the previous rating, the Foundation had received 97 points.
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of September auctions.
Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
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