The short term effects of the Haiti earthquake are buildings and roads destroyed, lack of food and clean drinking water, and lack of temporary shelter and drugs and medicines. The long term effects are the economic problems of trying to rebuild houses and businesses, and children who have been left with no parents. We believe that Rotarians can best assist Haiti with the long term goals.

This can be achieved by: 1. Preparation of the club to respond to national or international disasters in close collaboration with other New York Rotary Clubs, the District Governor and Rotary International. In particular, to work closely with the Rotary International Action Groups to ensure coordination and consistency for Rotary assistance. 2. To acquaint Rotary Club of New York members with avenues for giving and assisting with the Rotary Club Partnerships in recipient countries. 3. To work closely with the New York Rotary Foundation on disaster contributions and earmarking of the donor’s contributions.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Inwood Rotarians Jim Kushehner Reports from Haiti

Jim Kushner reports via Helen Reisler Feb 11, Thur: Yesterday I took a team of doctors to Lila Vois. One kid had commicable conjunctivitus and could have gone blind or spread it around the other refugees and orphans. I am putting Sean Penn in touch with several orphanages out in the sticks. He has been working with us exchanging meds and info. After having been given the bum's rush by the World Food Program. I brought in a NY Post photographer, Marcos Santos, who caused a stink and we were immediately hooked up with 2,700 MRE's, good prepacked military chow. It took two big trucks to haul it all back to camp. The crowds waiting to come into the camp are orderly but getting larger. The rainy season is coming and there will be huge outbreaks of cholera, maleria, etc. I guess Haiti is now pretty much off the news. Wait till the rains come. More refugees and orphans will die than in the earthquake. Many sleep outside and the make-shift tents they live in will be swept away in mudslides. Please keep up support. We see about 400 people a day now and send out triage teams to the boondocks. We are doing OK, but need more money for gasoline and vehicles. RSVP. - Jim K, Haiti

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