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

Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity asks for Rotarian Support

Sent: Tuesday, February 02, 2010 2:31 PM
Subject: From Dr Walley Report MaterCare goes to Haiti

Dear Mr Klee and Mr Zinser;
We received an urgent call from Mother Theresa's MIssionaries of Charity to help in what they called a 1st aid station which turned out to be a mini hospital in the open. Our real concerns were for the welfare of mothers. (see attached)The Churchlike everyone has suffered grievously - the Archbishop of P-au - P, a second bishop, at least 50 sisters and brothers and 45 seminarians many about to be ordained were killed. Only one survived by jumping from the 3rd floor as the building collapsed. Many docs and nurses were also killed. The Hospital of St Francis de Sales, which is the Archdiocesan hospital is now under the administration of the Apostolic Nuncio. The Nuncio asked MCI to develop obstetric services with Hatian coleagues as the three story building which contained the maternity ward, labour and delivery and the nursery collapsed and all were trapped including docsand nurses.. They all still in the building and the smell of death is overpowering. We are appealing for help. The problem is that most donations go towards the "big" agencies, CRS, Development and Peace, MSF, Red Cross etc and motherhood and those agencies who provide for them are not considered.I would be grateful for any help that Rotary and anyone else can give. We are in contact with Rotarians here.
Thanks and kind regards

Rob Walley

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