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Donate to The Bahamas Hurricane Recovery via Credit Card/ PayPal through the Disaster Network of Assistance Rotary Action Group. The Disaster Network of Assistance is a Rotary International US registered 501c3 US tax-exempt charity. All donations are tax-deductible. Your donation will go directly to the District 7020 Hurricane Dorian Disaster Relief Fund. You will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.
 
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District Governor Delma Maduro  and
Rotary International President Mark Maloney
2019 - 2020

 
District Governor Delma Maduro’s Message
February 2020
 
As we celebrate the 115 birthday of Rotary this month let us focus on World Understanding/Peace Building and Conflict Prevention which is one of the cornerstones of Rotary International. Let us also remember the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and if possible, plan to attend the Pre-Rotary International Convention event, “Rotary and the United Nations: Celebrating a 75 Year Legacy” on Friday 5th June 2020.
It has been said that poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources are some of the triggers of conflicts in our world.  Thankfully, through the many service projects, as well as through Peace Fellowships and scholarships The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs around the world are taking action to address these issues. Also, very importantly, fellowships, the diversity of our clubs and working on projects beyond our borders are great opportunities for Rotarians and Rotaractors to promote peace.
As PAG Audley and I near the completion of our official club visits we were pleased to note that all our clubs focused on relieving needs in at least one of the triggers of conflict. I therefore wish to commend you my Fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors on making a difference. Some commendable recent, upcoming or ongoing intentional peace and conflict prevention programmes include The Rotary Club of St. Thomas weekend workshop themed: “Building Peace Through Service”, as well as the upcoming workshop to address domestic violence on March 10th by the Manor Park Club, the ongoing support by the Rotary Club of Tortola for the Youth Empowerment Programme – an after school programme that regularly caters to approximately 135 students and  180 students during the annual summer programme, and the anti-bullying campaigns by Rotaractors to name a few.
I wish to also commend clubs that are actively engaged in mentoring their sponsored Rotaract, Interact and EarlyAct members. These clubs present an excellent opportunity for us to promote and encourage peace and to break barriers of hatred amongst our young people.  RYLAs are also encouraged and I am pleased to congratulate the Rotary Clubs of Sint Maartin, St Martin and Anguilla on their recent RYLA event.
On our recently concluded tour of Haiti we were pleased to see many needed water projects, support of schools, orphanages, clinics, home for the disabled and much more undertaken by Rotary and Rotaract Clubs there.  Additionally, I wish to mention how proud we are of the resiliency and creativity of our twenty-two Rotary Clubs, as well as the Rotaract Clubs in Haiti. They demonstrated their commitment to service despite the unrest experienced in their country where all but one or two clubs were unable to meet in person for several months.  Their creativity and ability to adopt included regular meetings via Whatsapp and other unconventional means, which meant they were able to launch into action in January, immediately after stability was restored. However, on a sad note I ask that you remember the family of Past President Jocelyne Louis Dubuisson of the Rotary Club of Mirebalais who passed during the unrest. I also encourage you to continue to lift up our Haiti Rotary Family and the people of Haiti. Pray that they will continue to have stability and grow in prosperity, and as far as possible support our HANWASH programme as we believe that a successful HANWASH programme is a key component for transformational change in this island nation.
In conclusion at a time when the world seems to be on edge, I again thank our clubs for promoting peace and conflict prevention and I encourage all our Clubs to be intentional in building peace through service. To support and strengthen your resolve I invite you to take the course “Essentials of Understanding Conflict” on the Rotary Learning Center
 
 
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Message du gouverneur du District  Delma Maduro
Février 2020
Alors que nous célébrons le 115e anniversaire du Rotary ce mois-ci, concentrons-nous sur la compréhension mondiale/la consolidation de la paix et la prévention des conflits, qui est l’une des pierres angulaires du Rotary International. Souvenons-nous également du 75e anniversaire des Nations Unies et, si possible, prévoyons d'assister à la manifestation internationale pré-Rotary, "Le Rotary et l'ONU : Célébration d'un héritage de 75 ans" le vendredi 5 juin 2020.
On a dit que la pauvreté, l'inégalité, les tensions ethniques, le manque d'accès à l'éducation et la répartition inégale des ressources sont quelques-uns des déclencheurs des conflits dans notre monde. Heureusement, grâce à de nombreux projets de services, ainsi qu'à des bourses et bourses d'études pour la paix, la Fondation Rotary et les Rotary clubs du monde entier prennent des mesures pour résoudre ces problèmes. De plus, les bourses, la diversité de nos clubs et le travail sur des projets au-delà de nos frontières sont de grandes occasions pour les Rotariens et les Rotaractiens de promouvoir la paix.
Comme PAG Audley et moi-même avons presque terminé nos visites officielles au club, nous avons été heureux de noter que tous nos clubs se sont concentrés sur la satisfaction des besoins dans au moins un des déclencheurs de conflit. Je tiens donc à vous féliciter mes collègues Rotariens et Rotaractiens d'avoir fait une différence. Parmi les programmes de prévention de la paix et des conflits récents, à venir ou en cours, on peut citer l'atelier du week-end du Rotary club de St. Thomas : "Consolider la paix par le service", ainsi que le prochain atelier sur la violence domestique organisé le 10 mars par le Manor Park Club, le soutien continu apporté par le Rotary club de Tortola au Programme d'autonomisation des jeunes - un programme post-scolaire qui accueille régulièrement environ 135 étudiants et 180 étudiants pendant le programme annuel d'été, et les campagnes anti-brimades menées par les Rotaractiens pour en nommer quelques-personnes.
Je tiens également à féliciter les clubs qui s'emploient activement à encadrer leurs membres Rotaract, Interact et EarlyAct parrainés. Ces clubs nous offrent une excellente occasion de promouvoir et d'encourager la paix et de briser les barrières de la haine chez nos jeunes. Les RYLA sont également encouragées et je suis heureux de féliciter les Rotary clubs de Saint Martin, St Martin et Anguilla pour leur récente manifestation RYLA.
Lors de notre récente visite en Haïti, nous avons été heureux de voir de nombreux projets d'approvisionnement en eau nécessaires, le soutien des écoles, des orphelinats, des cliniques, des foyers pour handicapés et bien plus entrepris par les clubs Rotary et Rotaract. En outre, je tiens à souligner à quel point nous sommes fiers de la résilience et de la créativité de nos 22 Rotary clubs, ainsi que des Rotaract Clubs en Haïti. Ils ont démontré leur engagement à servir malgré les troubles dans leur pays où tous les clubs, sauf un ou deux, n'ont pas pu se réunir en personne pendant plusieurs mois. Leur créativité et leur capacité d'adoption comprenaient des réunions régulières par Whatsapp et d'autres moyens non conventionnels, ce qui signifie qu'ils ont pu se lancer dans l'action en janvier, immédiatement après le rétablissement de la stabilité. Je vous demande toutefois de vous souvenir de la famille de l'ancien président Jocelyne Louis Dubuisson du Rotary club de Mirebalais qui est décédé pendant les troubles. Je vous encourage également à continuer à élever notre famille et le peuple haïtiens. Priez pour qu'ils continuent d'avoir la stabilité et de grandir dans la prospérité, et, dans la mesure du possible, soutenez notre programme HANWASH, car nous croyons qu'un programme HANWASH réussi est un élément clé du changement transformationnel dans ce pays insulaire.
Pour terminer, à l'heure où le monde semble être à la pointe, je remercie une fois de plus nos clubs de promouvoir la paix et la prévention des conflits et j'encourage tous nos clubs à être intentionnels dans la construction de la paix par le service. Pour soutenir et renforcer votre détermination, je vous invite à suivre le cours " Principes fondamentaux de la compréhension des conflits " sur le Centre de formation du Rotary
 
 

ROAR WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT NOTICE

Please join us in congratulating the Rotaract Club of Port-au-Prince Champ de Mars for their winning entry to the Rotary eClub of the Caribbean's R.O.A.R Competition! 
 
If you missed what R.O.A.R. is about, it means Rotaract Orators Addressing Rotary. It is an oratory competition designed to support and encourage Rotaractors in public speaking. This year's competition asked Rotaractors to discuss how they would approach a critical issue that affects one of the target groups from the Rotaract District Project - T.E.A.M. (teens, elderly, adults (young) and mothers).
 
Congratulations to Port-au-Prince Champ de Mars!
 

Donor Conference in Bahamas

Hosted by The Government of the Bahamas and the UNDP was a success.  Some information that came from the conference is as follows:

  • 1.7 million metric tons of debris need to be dealt with

  • 29,472 persons were affected

  • Of the $3.4 billion in damages, 87% was in Abaco and 13% in Grand Bahama and 91% affected the private sector while 9% in the public sector

  • Major problem was not with the building code but with low lying buildings and non-compliance with the building code

  • The country lost 18% of the GDP due to Hurricane Dorian

  • Still 70 confirmed dead but hundreds still missing

  • Priority list of projects is drafted and should be released soon

  • They have spent $4.5 million on dome houses to get residents a temporary place to stay.  Still months from being finished.

  • They need $26 million for the schools

  • While they said the building code is fine, they also said they are working on the next edition of the building code

  • The code says you have to build 18 inches above the known flood level.  However, the known flood level has now changed and is higher than it was

  • Many organizations (I counted 26) stood up, out of the 300 to 400 people in the room, and pledged support in cash and in-kind as well as services.  The P3 group pledged almost 1 billion

  • Estimated pledges to be between $1.5 and $2.0 billion

  • PRIP Barry Rassin was in attendance and was able to tell the crowd about Rotary and what Rotarians have already done and plan to do going forward.

Items before the Hurricane Recovery Committee

The committee needs to review the following and approve if in support.  Some we have already discussed, and some is new:

  • Schools are still our priority.  We should have the list of schools with who is doing what by the end of the month.  We could then take on one or more schools than are not yet committed.  Maybe one at a time?

  • We have agreed with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce to partner on a program to help small business.  No details as yet but we need to meet with them again and develop this.

  • The water plant from H2O and Rotary should be there in two weeks.

  • We had approved the two TAC (Technical Assistance Centers) units (one for each island).  We have reached out to Florida but got no takers on helping us with two similar RV’s for this purpose.  We should proceed with the purchase.

  • MSC has donated and is sending 38 20-foot containers of tiles.  They will send to Freeport, but the Grand Bahama team will determine how much they need.  Any they don’t need could be sent to Abaco.

  • In meeting with the Salvation Army, we are developing a plan to build an NGO building in Abaco.  This would be used for a number on NGO’s to have an office as well as to have a space for storage of emergency supplies and a space for a shelter.  It would be ideal as the emergency control center. The Minister for Recover, etc. has agreed with the concept and is working to find us land for the purpose.  I am meeting again with the Salvation Army this week to confirm their commitment, but they are sure they want to have a permanent presence there.  We could get some other partners to work with us so it becomes a true partnership of those who live in this sector. 

  • Two Volunteer weeks.  UNDP is helping us coordinate these two weeks.  They have suggested we take on the cultural parks in Abaco as these have not been handled by any other group.  They are putting all the details together as to what they need and will provide us with a detailed list.  I suggest we purchase the materials and let the volunteers rebuild the parks as Rotary parks.

    • UNDP is working on the logistics.  They may find us houses to rent which we can set up as dorms, maybe three or four house we would rent for the two weeks.  The benefit over tents is that they have bathrooms and showers

    • They are also working on getting some local females to cook for us

    • Rotary will send information out to the Rotary world to get the volunteers and help organize the flight into The Bahamas

    • We will need to approve this expenditure for rental property, food and supplies

Ways to Contribute

ALL DONORS:

For Wire Transfer directly to the islands go to Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee  

Important Note: please be sure to advise in advance, the following details of funds being remitted to the Bahamas:

For crypto currency donations sent weekly directly to the Bahamas, payment may be made online at Delchain Limited

UK DONORS:

To qualify for Gift Aid, donate to Rotary’s Disaster Recovery Trust for Caribbean Hurricane Dorian

US DONORS:

For a 501c3 US Tax Exempt donation use any of the following

PayPal D7020 through Disaster Network Assistance

PayPal D6990 through District 6990 in Florida

GoFundMe for Rotary 7020 Dorian Relief

 

Rotary District 7680 DAF No. 574  at Rotary International (check, credit card, wire, stock transfer options)

Important Note: When donating via RI to this DAF, please ensure you indicate the

DAF number 574 and that the funds are directed to The Bahamas