Robert A. Stuart, Jr. • Rotary International Director 2005-2007 • Disaster Relief & Planning Information

Nepal Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund
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Nepali Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund Report

After landing in Kathmandu airport at about 10:55 PM local time of November 15, 2015, Don Mebus and I approached the airport terminal to find a “Welcome to the Land where Lord Boudha was born.” We were greeted by District Secretary Chintamani, Assistant Governor MK Jha and District RI Convention Promotion Committee Chair PP Rtn. Yadav and presented beautiful scarves. After being escorted to a separate VIP reception area, we promptly cleared through customs and immigration and were driven to our hotel Annapurna. A strange and unique feeling of being in a sacred place from touchdown of the plane. We woke up to join the Rotary Club of Bagmati Kathmandu for their Weekly Regular Breakfast Meeting.  It was amongst the 14 members that we heard

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Nepal Relief Efforts
Earthquake

Relief and recovery efforts in Nepal

By Gary C.K. Huang, 2014-15 Rotary International President Devastation in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital captured by Rotaractor Ashish Chaulagain. Photo courtesy of ShelterBox Joined by Rotary members worldwide, we express our profound sadness and extend our sympathies to all those impacted by the devastation resulting from the 25 April deadly earthquake in Nepal. Rescue missions and emergency aid continue to arrive in Nepal as 8 million people have been impacted by the massive 7.8 magnitude quake. As we mourn the thousands of lost lives, Rotary joins many international agencies in providing immediate relief to survivors and mobilizing our expertise to support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts throughout the country. Thank you to everyone who has expressed their concerns and desires to assist the devastated communities in Nepal:

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Disaster Relief

Nepal Earthquake

The first ShelterBox response team has arrived in Nepal to assess humanitarian aid options following a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude. The quake occurred between the major cities of Kathmandu and Pokhara, with tremors felt as far away as Delhi in India. More than 3,600 people are reported to have died and an estimated 6,500 have sustained injury following the earthquake. Assessments are being made by the onsite ShelterBox response team, Phil Duloy (UK) and Nicola Hinds (UK). A second response team, consisting of Becky Maynard (UK) and Liz O’Dell (UK), has been activated. ShelterBox already has aid, including tents, prepositioned in the country, which could be used as emergency clinics, as well as shelters in the immediate aftermath. Current conditions are reported to

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Disaster Relief

Rotary Clean Up Day at LaHood Park in Washington – Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that came out this past Saturday!   Over 40 Rotarians braved the welcomed sunshine, while lifting heavy sod rolls, dirt, mud and debris into wheelbarrows, a dump truck and a tractor bucket.   Whether it was heavy lifting, coordinating volunteers or prepping refreshments, all hands were appreciated.  Sounds like Rotary at work!    Future Phases: Jim Bremner, Washington Rotarian and Washington Park District Board member, asked that I share that the cleanup day(s) will be the first of three phases that will include; ensuring the grounds are safe for park goers, constructing a permanent restroom facility that doubles as a storm shelter, as well as a final phase of a family shelter to be built.   With design & budgetary details in the works, I

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Disaster Relief

Operation Safe Zone at Harry LaHood Park May 17, 2014

Recently you received an email communication from AG Jeff Randolph who represents the Peoria Area Rotary Clubs for District 6460. You may also be aware that we have established a Rotary Disaster committee to address the storms that ravaged Central Illinois last Fall. The group is led by DGN Steve Hopper, and they are doing great work while also raising money to support recovery efforts. We like to think the efforts we are engaging are more like a  marathon, not a sprint to help with long term clean up and restoration for affected communities. As a follow up, I offer these details on the park project coming up Saturday, May 17: Major sod cutting (4+acres) will be done mechanically by local volunteers (park district, city,

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Disaster Relief

Rotary Relief Efforts in the Philippines

For more than three hours, Typhoon Haiyan violently shook the roof, walls, and windows of Edgar Chiongbian’s house. The heavy winds and flying debris threatened to collapse his home to its foundation at any moment. After the winds subsided and the rain stopped, he emerged from where he and his family had taken cover and inspected the damage. “We were one of the lucky families,” says Chiongbian, governor of Rotary District 3860 in the Philippines. “There was no major damage to our house.” The outcome was very different for communities and towns in central Philippines closer to the sea. One of the  strongest storms in history, the typhoon brought overwhelming destruction to coastal towns, killing more than 5,200 people, displacing 4.4 million, and causing billions

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Disaster Relief

District 6460 Foundation Disaster Fund

After the tornado in the Pekin/Peoria/Washington area, Rotary members of the District 6460 were searching for ways to help. Steve Hopper, Chair of the Disaster Committee, suggested funds be donated to the Rotary District 6460 Foundation with the goal of assisting people living in those areas. PDG Keith Lape, Chair of the District 6460 Foundation, has been receiving donations . Many clubs, some individuals , and some other sources havecontributed to the fund. Donations have been sent by clubs in our District and some members and Rotary Clubs from other parts of the state. In fact,one donation was from Orlando, Florida. A concert in Bloomington , IL raised over $480,000 , and about $20,000 of that was sent to the Distsrict 6460 Rotary Foundation. At the present, there is over $40,000 designated for

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Disaster Relief

Australian Response to Philippine Typhoon

Friends of Disaster Aid Australia  Please find attached our latest update on our ongoing work in the Philippines      Stage 1. The rebuilding of 500 homes will be complete by the end of December   Stage 2. The rebuilding of an additional 500 homes will commence in January Two Skyhydrant water purification systems are up and running.  Ten Skyhydrant water systems are on their way to Malaysia lead by DART Keith Robbins.  We hope to rebuild 2000 plus homes and install 30 Skyhydrant water systems in the Philippines by end of February.  Your continued support will make this happen.  Please give if you can.  Thank you. David LangworthyVice Chairman Disaster Aid Australia

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Rotary & ShelterBox Organize Aid For Typhoon Victims

On 9 November, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines killing thousands of people and leaving millions struggling in its aftermath. Rotary extends its sympathy to those affected by the storm and stands ready to come to the aid of the more than 21,000 Philippine Rotarians and the communities they serve. We have reached out to district governors in the affected areas to determine what type of support will be most effective. Updates will be made available as information is received. Rotary partner ShelterBox has committed aid for 4,000 families in the Philippines in the form of emergency shelter and other relief assistance. The charity organization welcomes help from Rotary members to identify need and provide support. You can contact them at rotaryrequest@shelterbox.org. When organizing disaster relief efforts

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District 6460 Foundation Disaster Relief Fund

Last Sunday portions of the communities of Washington, Pekin and East Peoria were seriously damaged by storms and tornadoes.  Since then, there has been a significant response by numerous organizations to assist those who have incurred injuries or damages.  Each of the Rotary Club Presidents has been in communication with your District Leadership to help us discern our most appropriate responses. As Rotarians of District 6460, one of the the most effective ways that we can be most helpful at this time is to donate funds to assist.  Our Rotary District 6460 Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that has been set up to collect contributions and distribute funds where they will do the most good. Please write your checks to the Rotary District 6460 Foundation

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