Donations from Rotarians of District 6650 are making a difference

and changing lives around the world

 

Last year Rotarians world-wide donated nearly $125 million dollars to 'Do Good in the World.'

 

If you want to learn more about giving opportunities, including Rotary's prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award,

please click HERE to email the District Foundation Chair, Dr. Peter Apicella.


GLOBAL GRANT - WATER & SANITATION PROJECT FOR PEOPLE IN VILLAGE OF HUONG NGUYEN, A LUOI, VIETNAM - JANUARY 2018

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Past District Governors (PDGs) Sieglinde and Larry Warren visited our project to provide safe water, hygienic latrine and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) training to the ethnic minority in Huong Nguyen commune, A Luoi, Vietnam.

Our $5000 in District Designated Funds (DDF) combined with three other districts including partner PDG Do Nguyen from District 6600 was matched by The Rotary Foundation by $32,000 and generated the $71,000 needed for this project.


GLOBAL GRANT - PEGASUS MILITARY FAMILY CENTER - A Rotary/Pegasus/Walsh University Collaboration

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The Background: The idea of Rotarians from District 6650 serving veterans and their families originated from a Rotarian veteran at the Field of Heroes in Jackson Township on Memorial Day 2012. As Taps was being played and a flag previously flown over Afghanistan was waving against the fleeting light of sunset, this Rotarian knew that Rotary could find a way to make a difference.

With that inspiration, the Rotary club of Jackson Township began a project called, “Serving Families of the Fallen,” to assist families that had lost their loved ones in combat (Gold Star Families). One Gold Star father told the group about the ability of horses to heal the physical and emotional wounds of war. It has been shown that equine therapy provides a holistic approach to the physical, occupational, and emotional needs of those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Rotary’s Global Grant: Funding for big projects is always a challenge. The group decided to purchase physical and occupational therapy equipment and partner with an organization providing equine therapy to give the military veterans and their families the support they needed. A Rotary Foundation Global Grant was considered, but this requires an international partner. Fortunately, Districts 3131 and 3132 in India with whom we had previously helped agreed to assist. The Rotary Foundation Global Grant provided funding of $112,940.00. Twenty-nine clubs in our District contributed to this project initially. 5 clubs and 3 Rotarians contributed later to assist in leasing land for the Military Family Center. This was truly a global project in our back yard.

Equine Partner: Pegasus Farm in the Stark County provides equine therapy predominantly assisting physically and mentally challenged individuals. In March 2016, they agreed to partner with Rotary to expand a small veterans program into a larger holistic program providing various therapies focusing on the needs of the military community.

University Partner: Walsh University trains physical therapy, occupational therapy and clinical therapy students. Hearing of the project, they have agreed to make the Military Family Center an educational training site with their students providing therapy under the supervision of their faculty at no cost.

The Location: On October 1, 2016, a 20-acre parcel of land in Louisville with a horse farm of 20 stables, an excellent riding arena, and large house was leased to provide a home for the Military Family Center entirely with the financial support of Rotarians.

The Funding: The capital cost to complete the land purchase, provide the necessary facilities, and operate the program for 2 years is estimated at $ 1.3 M. Recently the Timken Foundation has agreed to commit $700,000 and identified four other foundations to provide an additional $300,000 to support the project. With these funds, the Military Family Center is well on its way to fruition. So many Rotarians have spent so many hours on this worthwhile project. Our District thanks all involved for their tireless efforts.

“The Rotary Foundation - making a difference around the world and in our community.”

Click HERE to visit the website.


GLOBAL GRANT - WATER PROJECT FOR ODISHA, INDIA - JULY 2016

Past District Governor (PDG) Dr. Meena Patel has requested our committee consider a new project which consists of construction of 40 Units of toilet blocks in and around schools of District 3262 – Odisha, India.

Lack of sanitary facilities in schools is a significant problem in this area. Sanitation, and hygiene education in schools, commonly known as WASH in Schools, (WinS) provides improved sanitation facilities and hygiene education. With the grant, they plan to construct sanitary blocks / toilets as well as wash basins for hand wash in the school. They will also provide for water purification systems for safe drinking water to some schools where these facilities are not available. After construction and proper sanitary education, they expect better attendance in the school. Encouraging the development of healthy behaviors in the youth, will change behavior throughout the community and bring significant breakthroughs in eradicating disease and improving health.

The sanitation issue is also important because of the effect on girls. The lack of privacy related to puberty causes girls to drop out of school, and girls are expected to contribute to the household far younger than boys – being trained for a role as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law, whereas boys are being trained for an occupation.

Last year’s project of 122 Units of toilet blocks in and around schools of District 3131 - Pune and Raigad, India, has been approved and work has begun. District 6650 contributed $10K and local clubs $3.5K with Rotary match generating more than $65K for the project.

UPDATE: 11/20/16 - Grant Approved: $52,310 !


GLOBAL GRANT - WATER PROJECT FOR OHOLI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA - JUNE 2016

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Past District Governor Meena Patel brought us a request from OHOLI in Taluka Wai, District Satara, Maharashtra state of India.

This village is deprived of nearly-every natural resource required to meet and maintain basic standards of life. Every day, women spend half of their working hours collecting water over long distances and climbing lots of steps (more than 5 to 6 trips a day for their family).

After age 35, the women are exhausted and unable to continue this work. This has led to cases of socially unfavorable family polygamy with the sole objective for someone to gather water.

This Rotary Global Grant will provide for digging a production water well, installation of pumping machinery, and laying a pipeline to transport water to a stand post.

Our District has dedicated $10K toward the grant which along with $6K from District 3132 and $1K from the local Rotary clubs. This was matched by The Rotary Foundation providing $35K for the project.

 


 

 

Update August 2017 -

The local Interact Club raised funds and donated seeds and sapplings of vegetable plants and fruit trees. This is good education for the kids.

The large birds are called Great Coucal or Crow Pheasant with a beautiful wingspan. These birds are often seen in Monsoon season, but now they will be there throughout the year because of growing vegetation and year-round water.

 




This painting was made by a villager who studied in Paris and shows the success of the project.


  • Local mountains in the background.
  • Central blue circle is well full of water.
  • Festive people around the well.
  • Top-left shows difficulty for people but on the right with the Rotary wheel, the people are rejoicing with the water they now have.

 

Click HERE to read an article written by Rotary Past District Governor Dr. Meena Patel about this wonderful project.

 

Click HERE to view a video of the functioning well.


GLOBAL GRANT - OBATAAN PA WOMAN'S HOSPITAL ACCRA, GHANA PROJECT - NOVEMBER 2015

 

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Recently our District supported the construction of the Obataan Pa Women's Hospital Accra, Ghana, in conjunction with Dr. Amelia Laing who practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in Orrville, Ohio. This inpatient and outpatient clinic provides obstetric and gynecologic services for women of the region.

Assistant Governor Lynn Horner organized a Global Grant Project which provided vocational training and utility vehicle to assist the Hospital.

The vocational team provided training and coaching in the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards of care. This is critical to maintaining qualified and dedicated staff.

The utility vehicle provided outreach health screening and teaching clinics, obtained supplies, blood, lab, medications, oxygen, diesel and other emergent and daily needs as well as shuttle hospital personnel to and from transport hubs.

Support from District 6650 Rotary clubs included Orrville $7,000, Wooster $1,000, Louisville $300, Salem $250, Rittman $100, and cash of $9,650. Accra provided $1,000. Rotary provided matching funds of $22,325 for total project financing $49,475.

UPDATE: Lynn Horner accompanied the group to Obataan. “Funds were used to purchase a new Nissan Navarra truck, send and support a 5 member vocational training team for 2 weeks, provide outreach clinics to over 125 women and to provide educational training to other area midwives. The team felt its biggest successes were in establishing a sustainable model for monthly outreach clinics and implementing a revised chart form to encourage better care and documentation during the perinatal period. Next steps include a visit by a volunteer biomedical engineer to set up a maintenance program for the hospital's equipment and to determine the feasibility of bringing two Ghanaian nurses to the US for training."


GLOBAL GRANT - TOILET BLOCKS FOR PUNE AND RAIGAD, INDIA

 

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District 3131 in India, has partnered with us before and done various water projects throughout their area of India. Past District Governor (PDG) Meena Patel has brought us a new project which consists of proposed construction of 122 Units of toilet blocks in and around schools of District 3131 - Pune and Raigad, India.

The sanitation issues are important because they affect girls more than boys. The lack of privacy related to puberty causes girls to drop out of school, and girls are expected to contribute to the household far younger than boys – being trained for a role as a wife, mother and daughter-in-law, whereas boys are being trained for an occupation.

Donor Clubs: Boardman, Dover, Jackson Township, Plain Township, and Salem.

UPDATE: 4/12/16 GRANT APPROVED - Total $65,875 !!! 


GLOBAL GRANT REQUEST - DIABETIC RETINOPATHY CENTRE IN INDIA

 

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The Rotary Club of Udhampur, India, is working with the Diabetic Retinopathy Centre at the Rotary Eye & ENT Hospital of Udhampur, Jammu, and Kashmir, India.

The hospital was established in 2000 and has treated more than 11,000 poor people suffering from eye ailments.

The hospital has secured a vitreoretinal surgeon who can perform treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy using lasers. 80% of patients with diabetes for more than 10 years develop ocular manifestations of the disease, and if untreated, this serious condition leads to blindness. If treated early, 90% of patients have a chance of keeping their vision.

The Rotary Global Grant is for purchasing an expensive surgical microscope for ophthalmic surgery and laser system ($61K).

STATUS: Approved.


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TERM GLOBAL GRANT - MUMBAI, INDIA, DISTRICT 3140

Rotary Clubs of Niles and Jackson Township have consented to be international partners for two projects in Mumbai for $50,000 each. These are funded by the Mumbai District to do free heart surgeries in children around slums in Mumbai.

STATUS: Approved


If you or your club would like to recommend, partipate, or financially support a Rotary Global Project -

Please click HERE to email the District Foundation Chair, Dr. Peter Apicella.