Program: The Joan Anderson Memorial Dispensary, Rwanda
Speaker: Katherine Christensen
Katherine Christensen has been a member of the Sun Lakes Crown Rotary that meets in Sun Lakes, AZ, just over one year. She has been a school teacher, a massage therapist, a personal trainer and is now retired.
Says Katherine: "I now feel very blessed to now have the opportunity to spend most of my time being of service. is retired and passionate about service, specifically in support of grassroots efforts such as the clinic project in Rwanda. She just returned from Rwanda which was an overwhelming experience for her.
Chris and Safieh Anderson, who co-founded the clinic in Rwanda, were acquaintances of Katherine’s in Canada. A couple of years ago Safieh invited Katherine up to Canada for a fundraiser. Katherine couldn’t attend but wrote at the very end of her email “but if ever there’s anything I can do to help, please let me know.” The rest is history.
This week comments: 80, this week visitors: 66
Woodstock Ontario Canada
interesting presentation from the clinic.keep up the good work.
Wonderful to think people will take on a such chellenge as I have just viewed,
It was an inspiring story of how just one or two people can make a huge difference.
More about Rwanda - Didn't know how small it was.
BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF CONDITIONS IN RUANDA AND OTHER AFRICAN COUNTRIES
The Joan Anderson Memorial Dispensary was founded in 2002 when construction began in Rwanda (Africa) thanks to the efforts of Canadian couple Chris and Safieh Anderson. The center was named for Chris' mother who died in 2000. Rwanda has 8 million people with a life expectancy of 40 years. 60% of the population lives on less than $1 per day. There are only two doctors for every 100,000 people.Against this backdrop, and in this environment, the clinic opened in 2006. Today it is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, and has no doctor and only four beds. The entire clinical medical staff is three nurses; and yet over 3,000 patients have been treated since the clinic opened. It is very humbling to learn that this improbable clinic was started and exists because of the efforts of two persons, an inspired public accountant and his wife, who live as the Rwandans live, with no electricity, no plumbing, and no promise of tomorrow.
There is so much need, i is fortunate that there are individuals who are able to walk the talk.
There are great needs in Rwanda
The money raised for the Rwanda cause is matched dollar for dollar by Rotary International.
I learned about the charity work being done in Rwonda.
Judy St. John
Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks
You have given another informative meeting about the projects available in Rwanda. In this case, it is certainly true that a picture is worth a thouand words. The heart goes out to to those people, especially the children. I hope the project is very successful in garnering support among Rotarians and others.
Great program. Three cheers for the Andersons. They exemplify :service above self."
Joan Anderson Memorial Dispensery in Rwanda. The model progress Rwanda is setting for sustainability.
If ever there was a place that could use a helping hand... Great to learn about this program.
port orford club
Evergreen Alabama 4076
The observations on the growth, use, creation of e clubs was great.
The program on Rwanda Dispensary and other efforts in Rwanda was really interesting.
South Hilo Rotary
Learned that the Joan Anderson Memorial Dispensary in Kigali Rwanda was started by Chris and Safieh Anderson from Red Deer Alberta Canada. During the genocide, they knew they needed to do something. Around 1995 they moved to Rwanda and worked long-term for reconstruction and healing. They were not funded by any church or private organization. There is now a clinic and electricity. After his wife's death everyone gathered to remember her through creating a memorial. A testimony to what people can do one by one, or two by two. Every extra hand helps.
Interested to see the Canadian connection. Also amamzed to see the level of commitment to give up jobs and go and live this way to help others
How the Anderson Association started and about all the great work they do in Rwanda.
Lewis River Rotary club-Battle Ground, WA
I will take this informative information back to my Intl chairperson and see if my club could put this into the planning for future projects.
Service project in Rwanda.
We who are fortunate enough to live where we do, to choose our daily menus from a myriad of choices, who live in heated and air-conditioned homes, who sleep every night in a warm, comfortable bed, and who can read and write and see a doctor when we are sick -- we, as Rotarians, need to address the needs of so many in this world for whom none of the above is true.
What an inspiration this family is. It is so sad the state of life in Rwanda. This is something to aspire to in our lives.
Wow, great to hear of such a project. It is easy to see how Rwana is progressing but needs more help.
SUBLETTE ROTARY CLUB
HOW ONE COUPLE IS MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN RWANDA AND THE DEMAND FOR BASIC HUMAN NEEDS.
mesa west rotary
rotary can do so much by the actions of so few
Rawanda is an amazing country. Many hills and farms on the hills. One of the most improved countries in Africa. Corrupt government. Need water school supplies, electricity, doctors.
This individual initiative established an NGO that has built a clinic in Rwanda that is open 24 hours/day staffed by 3 nurses. A refrigerator is needed to store vaccines. Fundraising for a school, desks, and equipment is also ongoing.
The Andersons are amazing people. What incredible dedication on their part to move to Rwanda and live like the locals. They have made their corner of the world a better place to be.
Kelly Van Buren
Rotary of San Luis Obispo Daybreak
Attending a Rotary club online has many of the same aspects a terra club has...just minus the social side. I enoy reading the programs, I find I learn more about actual projects that way, rather than listening to a speaker.
Awesome job being done in Rwanda; it is hard to think of people living as they do, yet look at the smiles on the faces in the photos! It certainly puts into perspective some of the small things we allow to upset us, and the things we should be thankful for each day.
Rotary Club of Hollister
The third paragraph on the first page of the program says it all. Chris and Safieh Anderson definitely "walk the talk," even going so far as to live as the people do, without electricity or plumbing.
The outstanding arojnd the world "make a diefference" of he Rotary organization.
Starting a clinic is a work that is to be applauded..., major technical issues always arise and medical supply problems are constantly at hand. I applaud the community for the nurses that work there, are they paid? and having a 24 hour seven operation is something few of us would want to manage!
What's happening in the eClub. The appointment of its new president. And, some of the needs of a clinic in Rwanda.
I belong to the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club. I'm a new member and have been a Rotarian for less then a year.
Very interesting international project in Rwanda.
I belong to Henniker Rotary Club in New Hampshire. We have 29 members and have a breakfast meeting each Thursday. We were chartered in 1984. Our annual operatiing budget is around $20,000.
Incredible story! Thank you.
Red Deer Alberta was my home town. General Romeo Dallaire, a Canadian, was in charge of the UN peace keeping force in Rawanda during the genocide and has spoken widely as well as written a book about the horrors of this time. "Shake Hands with the Devil" is his account of the failed mission. I would recommend it to anyone looking for more background on this troubled nation.
learned about the eClub's dictionary project, as well as about the Joan Anderson Memorial Dispensary in Kigali (Rwanda)
Great work is done by a few individuals.
Sandy SPrings, GA
The need for help in Rwanda and how much can be done for relatively little money.
Special Day for Special Kids is coming up soon. This special day is not only for the kids but their entire family. One day out of the year that the kids don't feel "out of place"
I learned about the Joan Anderson Memorial Dispesary. Specifically, the work her and her husband do at the clinic.
My club is a small club but we often have visiting Rotarians making up since we are a Friday lunch club.
It was incredible to hear about the brave Anderson's who picked up and left their apparent safe situation in Canada. To live amongst the Rwanda people as they live risking their health and family's is truly amazing. I attended a Meeting in Eagle River Ak last year and heard a lady speak who donates medical supplies "A suitcase ata time" i am trying to connect her with this organizations need.
capital city dover DE
That people live on one dollar a day. It seems very sad to me that some have so much and some have so little. It seems that I will need to do more to stop these problems in the world.
We are a club of 80 or so members in Dover Delaware. It is a great club. We meet at The Sheraton on Thursdays for lunch.
Our Club has several members that are ex police officer from overseas and in Australia, as well as WW2,Korea and Vietnam veterans.
More abuot Rwanda. I volunteer with Heart for AFrica, which works with children's homes in Swaziland, Malawi and Kenya.
amazing rwanda story great work
Rwanda is changing thanks to volunteers .
Rwanda is not familier for Japanese. I understood the fact of life in the Rwanda. also, I understood that some volunteers went to Rwanda after closing their own business.
I'm Amazed that Rotary seems to be all over the world!
The Rwanda story was very interesting. I plan to share this with the Rwanda Ambassador to China who is a fellow Rotarian in the Beijing Rotary Club of China.
About the Rwanda medical clinic project, as well as the Pont d’unité web site link for letter and artwork sharing (which, as a college administrator, I intened to start my adult students writing)
Excellent program on Rwanda. This is again another vivid example of why, as Rotarians, we need to continue our contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Rotary Matching Grants can help alleviate many of these problems.
Rotary Club of The Verde Valley
I learned about your club's successful recruiting of many new members. I learned much about the wonderful clinic and people in Rwanda and their specific needs/successes. Isn't the world wonderfully full of people offering "service" to others?
amazing story about helping people in Rwanda
I learned about the good works of the Andersons in building the dispensary in Rwanda.
By supplying even just the basic needs of people can dramatically change their lives.
Rotary is a fantastic organization !!!
It's always good to see how basic services leverage great results.
Palos Verdes Sunset
The grea work that Rotary is doing in Rwanda because of these members.
Our cliuh focuses on Mexico as well as the world-wide Polio committment and Clean water Projects
The clinic in Rwanda is a blessing to the people there. There is still much more to be done.
William H. Jacobs
San Antonio West
Some great details about the life in Rwanda and the difficulties of serving there to help people who have so little.
Our club is about 28 strong, average age 79! Mostly retired military from the nearby retirement community.
Arlington Sunset club # 59104, district 5790
a great deal
I was extremely impressed with the Anderson's decision to move their entire famly to Rwanda and live in the same manner as the people of the country!! This was a very interesting program!
The recognition in The Rotarian is great news. When I return home I'll read it. We're in San Francisco, where I'm speaking to the 2nd oldest club tomorrow. Technically I'll have a makeup, but I also wanted t attend our meeting. My cell phone won't properly display the PDF, so I'll read that later. I hope you all respond to Karen's plea for programs. Best wishes from San Francisco. Jack Selway firstname.lastname@example.org