The following is an additional Summary Update of from PDG Richard "Dick" McCombe on the efforts of Rotarians in RI District 2070 and a delegation of Rotarians, which included the Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas, Louis Harold Joseph (Honorary Rotarian), who flew into Port-au-Prince on February 20 for two fact finding meetings.
Their first meeting included
the Prime Minister for Haiti, the Honorable Jean-Max Bellerive, who expressed his appreciation for what Rotary is now doing and has done over many years in Haiti.
This update is even more telling than the previous, as it provides some rather astounding information on the number of lives lost and number of homeless in need of shelter, 40% of which are children, along with the projected needs following the outcome of their meetings.
The Summary Update provides a very clear picture of the magnitude of the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake and it's 54 aftershock tremors, as well as the defined challenges ahead these dedicated Rotarians are faced with in determining their focus and direction in the days, months and years ahead. Although the needs are
overwhelming, they continue to press forward in identifying what role they and Rotary will play in the future restoration of Rotary.
There will be many opportunities for Rotary Clubs and Districts around the world to partner with District 7020 and its Clubs to help address the many continuing and varied humanitarian needs within Haiti.
Of special interest, Rotary International President John Kenny made special low keyed trip to the area to meet with Rotarians of District 7020 regarding their efforts and Rotary's roll in the region. President Kenny met with PDG Dick McCombe for an overview or their efforts and then flew into Port-au-Prince with him for a first hand view of the devastation in Haiti on Tuesday, February 23. A report on President Kenny's visit will be forth coming.
With my sincerest regards in Rotary,
John N. Billock, Chair
Humanitarian Services Committee
District 6650 Haiti Relief Committee