Dear Fellow Rotarians,
 
We are halfway through this Rotary Year and firstly, I would like to commend all of the Clubs in District 7020 who continue to Serve to Change Lives during this challenging time. I have had the opportunity to physically visit some Clubs in the District and it is admirable how the Clubs are adapting during this Covid-19 Pandemic. Keep up the good work and I hope to visit more Clubs in the coming months! 
 
December is Disease Prevention and Treatment month, as Rotarians and Rotaractors we believe in proper healthcare for all. Unfortunately, over 400 million persons Worldwide don’t have access to healthcare or even the basic healthcare. Disease results in pain, poverty and misery for many. That’s why it is important to bring awareness and prevention methods to the public for diseases such as Polio, Diabetes and Alzheimer’s, to name a few. 
 
Rotary International and its partners are doing a tremendous job in eradicating Polio Worldwide. When we eradicate Polio once and for all, this will be a great success for us all. Continue to donate to PolioPlus to help us during this last leg of Polio Eradication! 
 
 
I would like to mention about the silent killer called Diabetes, which is a chronic long lasting health condition that affects more than 422 millions persons globally. It is important for us to bring about awareness and prevention measures such as proper diet, exercise, cutting out sugar and losing weight (if obese). 
 
We need to continue to support HANWASH which stands for “Haiti National Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy” which is led by District 7020 and DINEPA (which is the Haitian Government’s National Water and Sanitation Agency) and other NGO’s. HANWASH is a collaborative national initiative to provide thoughtfully managed and sustainable clean water and sanitation to all citizens of Haiti. In the past, Haiti received aid funding which mostly focused on providing temporary relief aid instead of building the systems necessary for the country to function.
The goal of HANWASH is to facilitate the creation of safely managed access to financially sustainable, potable water and sanitation to every household in Haiti by 2030. There are many ways to assist with HANWASH such as: 
  • Be a HANWASH Champion 
  • Introduce HANWASH to potential partner corporations, other non-government organizations or foundations
  • Guide Rotarians or anyone who might be interested in donating to their website which is www.HANWASH.org
  • Or, Sponsor a well 
As we get towards the end this year 2021, First Lady Amanda and I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas. Make special memories with your family and friends and get energized for the second half of the Rotary Year!  
Yours in Rotary Service,
 
Louis Wever
District Governor 2021-2022
District 7020