In the year since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, Rotary clubs in Haiti and around the world have launched and supported projects to help the country rebuild and recover. And as the New Year began, Rotary clubs started a $200,000 initiative to implement cholera prevention programs in response to the recent outbreak of the waterborne disease, according to a news release from Rotary International.

Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed more than $2 million to a special fund with an emphasis on Rotary projects that address the issues of education, sustainable housing, and the need for prosthetic limbs. To date, 53 projects have been approved for funding, a majority of them education-related. Haitian Rotary clubs help identify local needs and assist in coordinating and overseeing the projects.

Barry Rassin, a Rotary leader from the Bahamas and a Haiti Earthquake Relief fund manager, says that when donated supplies and services are factored in -- including emergency relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake -- Rotary clubs have provided more than $18 million in aid to Haiti.

 
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