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Club News
Oct 26, 2018
Brentwood Challenge
 
The Brentwood Challenge is a community effort lead by the Brentwood Rotary Club partnered with the Gift of Life. 
 
The goal of this effort is to provide lifesaving open-heart surgery to two Salvadoran Children at Benjamin Bloom Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador, in memory of Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, two teenage girls slain in September 2016 by members of the gang MS-13.  Nisa and Kayla’s parents are actively supporting this effort in memory of their daughters. 
 
Gift of Life in El Salvador
 
The vision is to provide two children with surgery in El Salvador.  Gift of Life International has worked with the government of El Salvador, the medical professionals at Benjamin Bloom Hospital, the local Rotary Clubs and Latinas Esperanza, an NGO partnered with Gift of Life, to develop a fully self-sustaining pediatric heart program.  Started in 2009, the effort has now invested $4.15 million and provided surgery to over 1,500 children.  During the calendar year of 2018 it is expect that 250 children will get their second chance at a new life.  The results of the surgery done there is comparable to those done in the United States.
 
The plan is to have 3 separate opportunities for Nisa and Kayla’s parents meet the recipients and their parents.
1).  The first of these meetings is after the surgery via video conference call.
2).  The second would be to have the Nisa and Kayla’s parents visit the children in El Salvador, visit Benjamin Bloom Hospital and participating Rotary clubs to highlight the work that is being done there by all parties.
3).  The third opportunity would be to bring the parents of the recipient children to Brentwood to visit Nisa and Kayla’s parents here and attend a gala being run by the Brentwood Rotary Club. 
 
Brentwood Rotary
 
The goal would be to have the Brentwood Community lead the effort inviting various organizations in and around Brentwood with the goal of reaching other Salvadoran children still waiting for their second chance at life. Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic Organizations, Churches, Schools etc. should all be invited to join in the gala or have their own separate functions where they can be identified.
 
The Brentwood Challenge will remind us all of the oneness of mankind behind what is a common denominator of all people, the love we have for our children.  It will remind those who have forgotten the kindness that is within all people.  It will teach our young people to be compassionate to the needs of others.  The ripple effects of this one act of kindness is likely to reach places that we cannot now identify.  Like an explosion, particles will fly in all directions, forcing some to be closer than they ever were before while hurling others to places unknown only to be discovered by chance sometime in the future.  “When you cure the heart in a child, you cure the heart in all humankind.”  This will touch everyone.

 
Rotary District 7255
 
While the Brentwood Rotary cultivates its community around the Brentwood Challenge, Rotary District 7255 should bring all Rotary Clubs to participate, demonstrating the impact Rotary can have.  Each Rotary Club can be an active participant reaching out to the Latino Community and organizing efforts all over Long Island behind the Brentwood Challenge.  This is a great time to approach Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk County to join in this effort and in the process invite the business people into the family of Rotary.
 
We should be approaching Government Agencies focused in on the Hispanic Community. Banks, Financial Institutions, Businesses wanting to business in El Salvador, Hospitals and charitable foundations all over Long Island.
 
 
The hope is:
 
The Brentwood Challenge will remind us all of the oneness of mankind behind what is a common denominator of all people, the love we have for our children.  It will remind those who have forgotten the kindness that is within all people.  It will teach our young people to be compassionate to the needs of others.  The ripple effects of this one act of kindness is likely to reach places that we cannot now identify.  The Brentwood Challenge is like an explosion; particles will fly in all directions, forcing some particles to be closer than they ever were before while hurling others to places unknown only to be discovered in someplace we wouldn’t expect.  It is likely to bring us together in a sublime plan that will evolve over time and create a beautiful tapestry that only love and kindness can weave.  “When you cure the heart in a child, you cure the heart in all humankind.”  This will touch everyone.
 
For Nisa and Kayla
 
“God gave us a memory so we could smell the fragrance of a rose in December”.  Let us help Evelyn Rodrigues and Freddy Cuevas, and Liz Alvarado and Rob Mickens use the memory of their daughters, Kayla and Nisa, to be a beacon of light that shows the way for people to see their own loving kindness and be a beacon of hope for a better world for all of us.
 
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
 

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