Meeting Date: 1 March 2013

Prepared By: Dawn O'Bar

 

STEPS - Steps to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably

I attended the third annual STEPS (Symposium to Eliminate Poverty Sustainably) at UCSB on January 26, 2013. I have attended all three of these starting with the first one in 2011 in Santa Maria, California. Each time I am inspired and motivated at the talent and drive of the people of Rotary. This year was no exception.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Barry Rassin, Past Rotary International Director, TRF Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund Trustee.
  • Julius Achon, an Olympic distance runner and Ugandan.
  • Roger Thurow, The Last Hunger Season: A year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change.

2013STEPS Promo Video: 12:56 minutes:
(Make sure you notice the bus at 11:56 of the tape.)

FOR FULL BENEFIT, CLICK ON FULL SCREEN, LOWER RIGHT OF THE VIDEO

 

 

Barry Rassin's projects

 

Haiti Earthquake Relief Donor Advised Fund

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DAF #1 – Ecole St. Famille-- LES CAYES
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-- Rebuilding Six Classrooms has commenced.
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DAF #2 – Jaipur Limb Project-- PIGNON
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-- The Training Center and fitting to provide lower limb prosthetics for about 4,000 in need of prosthetics
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DAF #4 – Clinic for women and children--KENSCOFF - Haiti Mountain Center
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-- Primary health care to women and children. about 5,000 annually
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DAF #5 – College Catherine Flon -- CARREFOUR
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-- Re-building the College-- 5,000 students 
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DAF #6 - L'Academie Chretienne macombre/Leogane -- LEOGANE
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-- Immunizations for 2,000 for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis and Measles
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DAF #8 - Henche Centre --HENCHE
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-- Provide a Medical Vehicle for midwives to get to their patients
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DAF #12 – Latrines -- CARREFOUR FEUILLE WEST
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-- Providing 70 Latrines
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DAF #13 - Containers from Canada
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-- Furniture and supplies for the Schools in Haiti
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DAF #17 - Ecole Normale des Cayes -- CAYES
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-- Rebuilding the school- 400 Students for community activities as auditorium, conferences
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DAF #18 - Microcredit program for Women --MIREBALAIS
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-- 300 women to start a small business, provide training and loans at 1.5%. 
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DAF #20 – Latrines -- MIREBALAIS
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Provide 60 bacteriologic Latrines 
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DAF #22 – Latrines -- CARREFOUR/MON REPOS
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Provide 10 bacteriologic Latrines to a school
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DAF #24 – Latrines -- CARREFOUR/MON REPOS
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DAF #25 - Work program to clean up the highways - CARREFOUR/MON REPOS
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-- Provide 22 workers to clean up the debris 
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DAF #30 - Frobel Primary School -- FROBEL
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-- Rebuild the school with 350 students
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DAF #31 - Savanette Primary School -- SAVANETTE
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--Rebuild school with 400 students
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DAF #37 - Training for Midwives -- PIGNON
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-- This project is to train potential midwives will result in a decrease in maternal mortality.
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DAF #39 - The Good Samaritan School -- ILE A VACHE
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-- To rebuild 4 classrooms at the school
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DAF #41 - Generator for a "super kitchen" -- PORT DE PAIX
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-- Needs a generator for it to operate kitchen will serve some 8,000 meals per day
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DAF #42 - Super Kitchen -- Have not chosen location as yet
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-- A "super kitchen" which can provide food for the community.
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DAF #45 - Lycee Philippe Guerrier -- LES CAYES
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-- Fit out the chemistry lab at the school
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DAF #46 - Institut Des hautes Etudes Commerciales et Economiques -- PORT AU PRINCE
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-- Repair the computer lab of the University level school of Economy and Finance
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DAF #47 - L'ecole du Sacre Coeur -- PORT AU PRINCE
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-- Rebuilding the elementary school with 16 classrooms
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DAF #48 - Ecole Notre Dame des Petits -- PORT AU PRINCE/CARREFOUR
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-- Rebuild the school for 1200 students

 

Julius Achon Foundation story: 6:20 minutes:

 

 
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