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.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Jim Kushner of Inwood Rotary Club reports via Helen Reisler

Feb 2, Tues: I hope to return to Haiti in the near future, and although I don't foresee leaving NYC before next Monday, I do have an urgent and timely request from Jim regarding a group of 90 orphans in desperate need of food, water, tents to sleep in, and medical care. We learned about the orphans only a few days ago, when we met Bishop Louis Marcel Pierre, the caretaker of 60 of the orphans. Jim Kushner had been asked to contact the Bishop by Dr. Pierre Morninglane, whom Jim had met at the Inwood Rotary Club. We managed to find the bishop in his parish (St. Matthews) this past Saturday in Croix de Bouquet, a town just north of Port-au-Prince that is receiving little to no help from the outside. As we were leaving the parish, another woman approached us in the street and told us about another 30 orphans who are suffering the same plight. Jim is trying to coordinate a team of doctors and aid workers to take medical supplies and food to the 90 children.


Rotary Service Above Self recipient Jim Kushner of Inwood Rotary Club is very determined. The victims of Haiti need our help. Jim is a Rotarian who will make sure that our help will get to the right places.

Please contact Past District Governor Helen Reisler, who is point person for Jim Kushner. Call her at 914.277.3117 or 718.622.2148. You can also e-mail Helen at .

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