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Annum Jaffer selected by District 5890 as a
We are delighted to announce that our club sponsored candidate, Annum Jaffer, has been officially selected by District 5890 as a Global Grant Scholar candidate. This is by far the biggest hurdle in securing the grant. Her application will now go on to the Rotary Foundation for final approval. Annum is seeking a Master’s Degree in Human Rights at the London School of Economics. She holds a BS in Biology from the University of Texas and is currently a third year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Last December Annum volunteered at the Moria Refugee Camp, a health clinic, on the Greek island of Lesvos assisting refugees. She leaves Monday November 21, 2016 to volunteer at a refugee camp in Jordan for three weeks with Souriyat Across Borders. Annum is the epitome of being the change one wishes to see in the world.
P:S: From Jennifer Walden Mutchler
She has been an absolute joy to work with throughout the application and interview process. Her passion and hope for a better world is infectious. We look forward to having her visit our club soon.
A special thank you to Bill Davis and former Global Scholar, Dr. Isis Mejias for their role in finding and supporting Annum.
Letters To The Editor - week of 10/24/16--Tribune
Monday, October 24, 2016
World Polio Day is Oct. 24 and I want to thank all of the 1.2 million Rotary Club members in 200 countries around the world that kept their promise to all of the children of the world when we decided, in 1985, to make polio eradication our number one priority. And in particular, hats off to the people just like you and me, the men and women of the Rotary Club of Humble and other clubs in Rotary District 5890 in the Houston area. The membership of Humble Rotary has donated more than $36,000 during this initiative. The global effort to eradicate polio demonstrates the tremendous impact of immunizations. The number of new polio cases, a disease that once paralyzed more than 1,000 children every day, has dropped more than 99 percent since the 1980s. There are fewer cases in fewer places than ever before, and only three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan) have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus. The number of wild polio cases reported in 2015 was less than a third of the previous lowest year, 2012. However, a funding gap means immunization campaigns are being cut in high-risk countries, leaving children more vulnerable to polio. If polio isn’t stopped now, the disease could stage a comeback, affecting an estimated 200,000 children every year. Rotary made polio eradication its top priority in 1985. Rotary has since contributed $1.2 billion, and its members have logged countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries.
If we can eliminate polio from the planet, dozens of other diseases could follow. This is a historic moment, and one that is meaningful to people — especially children — the world over. As the world stands on the verge of victory over polio, it is important to recognize that amazing things can happen when forces join together for a common good.
President, Humble Rotary