September 13, 2019, By Reem Ghunaim, Published in Rotary Voices
I am a Rotary Peace Fellow from Palestine. My mother is a Palestinian refugee who fled her home with her family in 1948. My father’s entire village was displaced for two weeks in 1967. In fact, nearly half of my family are Palestinian refugees. I was born and raised in Tulkarem, home of two refugee camps that still exist from the Nakba of 1948. One camp is beside my former high school in the middle of downtown. The other is located at the Eastern entrance of my city. This refugee camp is the first thing I see every time I return home to visit my family. Read More
September 12, 2019, Published in UN Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties
The Santa Barbara UNA Peace Prize was created by the United Nations Association of Santa Barbara and Tri Counties (UNASB). The chapter is the oldest one in the United States, having formed in 1947, and spans San Luis Obispo, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties. From our President Barbara Gaughen-Muller: "We have received seven simply stunning nominations this year for the Peace Prize. We are so excited to honor the individuals in this community that are doing amazing work in the world."
September 4, 2019, By Dave King, Published in Rotary Great Britain and Ireland
Former Rotary International President Barry Rassin has called for Rotarians to help provide financial aid to the hurricane-devastated Bahamas, where at least seven people have been killed – and with the death toll expected to rise. With sustained wind speeds over 160 mph and gusts of more than 220 mph, the category 5 Hurricane Dorian hovered over Grand Bahama for more than 30 hours, after causing catastrophic destruction in the neighboring island of Abaco. Bahamian Barry Rassin, has been using social media to appeal for help. He wrote: “The Bahamas Rotary Disaster Committee has already had meetings and is ready as soon as possible to help our country. They have an account set up for donations."
September 2019, Published in Rotary International
The Open World Program (a program funded by the Congress of the United States) that offers Rotary clubs in the US a unique opportunity to enhance international understanding and peace by hosting emerging leaders from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan. Rotary clubs host Open World delegates in their homes. Through this cultural exchange, delegates experience American family and community life, and the Rotary hosts broaden their international understanding. Learn More
August 21, 2019, by Caitlin Fowlkes, Published in Ashland Tidings
To honor the strides Ashland has made in the past year to cultivate a culture of peace, the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission is organizing a Global Peace Conference for the International Day of Peace, Saturday, Sept. 21. It’s also ACPC’s fourth anniversary. The conference will feature a variety of local, state, national and international speakers, including keynote speaker Anwarul Chowdhury, the former Under Secretary General and High Representative of the United Nations, and founder of the Global Movement of the Culture of Peace.
August 20, 2019, By Ebadat-ur-Rehman Babar, Published in Rotary International
Our idea started back in 2018, when I and two other members of my Rotaract club began looking for an innovative, sustainable project. We wanted to submit an entry for the Rotaract Outstanding Project Awards and we came up with an idea of starting a school for child laborers who do not have enough resources for their education. According to a survey conducted by the Federal Bureau of Statistics, out of the estimated 40 million children in Pakistan, approximately 19 million are working as child laborers, the majority of those living in slum areas. These kids can’t even write their own name. Education is the key to success. So, we prepared a project proposal and submitted it to the rest of our team and they accepted it. But due to lack of resources, we weren’t able to begin last year.