RAAGNE & Girl’s School in Afghanistan

The Power of Change Forum

This week the Nashoba Valley and Concord Rotary Clubs jointly hosted the Power of Change Forum in Concord MA, a public forum and awards ceremony in honor of Rotarian Razia Raj (founder of her Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation) and Craig Norberg-Bohn (president of Jane Doe, Inc. & White Ribbon Day).

Klaus & Glenys attended the event, because Razia’s Foundation over the last 8 years has built a school in Afghanistan for girls (Zabuli Education Center) in an effort to break them out of their current subjugation by men; a phenomenon since the Russian invasion. The expectation is that giving women in Afghanistan a stronger voice in family and community affairs will temper the more violent aspects of the society. That school now has 500 students, all girls, in classes from Grade 1 to 12.

While Razia’s efforts have exposed her to personal danger, she has also won recognition by numerous organizations, including the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.

Last year, RAAGNE (Rotary Alumni Association of Greater New England, co-founded by Klaus) organized the Rotary Foundation Alumni who contributed to that effort. So now the focus is on continuing that school support, but in addition to build a college alongside the school.

With that in mind, after the meeting, 10 Rotary Clubs in our District 7910 expressed support of a Global Grant that will provide at least $35,000 funding to Razia’s foundation, while requiring less than $1,000 contribution from each.

Also, RAAGNE today committed to a substantial contribution and will endeavor to partner with D-7910 clubs and the German Rotary Alumni Association(RFAD) for further support.

Towards the end of this forum Razia and Craig were presented with Paul Harris Fellowships.

These links are well worth viewing:

https://raziasrayofhope.org

https://raziasrayofhope.org/virtual-tour.html

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Craig Norberg-Bohn & Razia Jan speak at the Forum

Korzec Joins Rotary

Pamela Korzec of Warren was recently welcomed as a new member to Sturbridge Rotary.  Korzec serves as Vice President, Store Manager of the TD Bank branch in Sturbridge.  She has worked with TD Bank and its predecessors for 29 years.  Korzec joins two other employees who are members, all part of TD Bank’s Business Membership to Sturbridge Rotary.  “We are thrilled to have her join us,” said Rotary President Larry Mandell, “and we look forward to her active participation with us in the community.”

Larry Mandell, Pam Korzec 1-5-2015

Rotary Peace Centers

Past District Governor Klaus shared with us information on the Rotary Peace Centers.  The Rotary Foundation offers a Master’s Degree Fellowship in Peace & Conflict Resolution that Rotary runs in 6 universities on our Globe.  This Peace Fellowship is worth $60,000 and costs nothing to successful applicants or to clubs.  There are 60 of these Fellowships given annually by the Rotary Foundation. Club members were encouraged to help find a qualified applicant from our area.  This is a great opportunity to have a hand in the education and creation of true peace keepers in the world.  Rotary is focusing on peace not just as “No War” but as peaceful communications, growing understanding and acceptance of commonalities between all nations.

There are two types of scholarships available:  One is offered by a number of Universities across the world that is a 15-24 month program and the other is a 3-month program offered only in Bangkok, Thailand.  In order to be considered the applicants must speak two or more languages, and have notable (5 plus years) involvement in their academic, volunteer and professional experience that testifies to their deep involvement with the mission of peace and conflict resolution.  For additional information please click on the following link.

https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/exchange-ideas/peace-fellowships

PDG Klaus Hachfeld