1074: Volunteers for Niger
- Urgent need for Rotary Volunteers in Niger
> I am the Water/Hunger/Health Task Force Chair for D9100, a district
> that covers 14 countries in West Africa including Niger.
> Many of you may know that Niger experienced an acute famine, and
> thousands of children have already died. We need your help in
> to assist in doing what we Rotarians can to save as many humanlives
> as possible. Just this morning, I got another report of a secondin
> wave of dying, malnourished babies in the Agadez region of Niger.
> More than anything right now, we need Rotary volunteers to come to
> Niger to work. Niger has just been ranked as the world's poorest
> country by UNDP. The needs are tremendous; the situation is dire.
> We are in the process of coordinating volunteer requests and
> solicitations with RI. Our appeal for Niger is being placed on the
> WCS website. RI has a data base of potential volunteers that they
> are contacting to fit immediate needs. I thought that some of may
> know people who would be interested in immediate Rotary volunteer
> Here are some of the immediate needs:
> Surgeons and surgeons assistants, medical doctors and nurses to run
> and staff a constructed and equipped but staff-less hospital in
> Loga, Niger (a regional capital); nutritionists to work in UNICEF
> sponsored feeding camps in all 12 provinces of Niger and to serve
> advisory capacities; people with professional experience inthe
> vaccination campaigns in order to assist in the management and
> operations of the enlarged vaccination program in all provinces of
> Niger. Additional immediate needs include youth group leaders and
> people with experience in women's development groups for the
> establishment and promotion of income generating projects via
> sustainable food production.
> All positions are in conjunction with UN agencies that have
> solicited urgent assistance from the Niger Rotary Crisis Committee.
> Some positions come with UN logistical support -- usage of project
> vehicles and office space at the regional UN offices in Niger. All
> positions come with basic housing provisions based on an agreement
> between UN agencies and the Niger Rotary Crisis Committee. There
> are no provisions to pay per diem, travel to Niger, nor other
> expenses in Niger by the Niger Rotary Crisis Committee nor the UN
> agencies involved in Niger for Rotary Volunteers. All sources of
> funding for this must be found outside if required. All volunteers
> are requested to agree to come for a period of between 3 and 6
> months. Level 3 French is preferable as Niger is a French speaking
> country. Once primary needs are filled, people with experience in
> administration and pharmacy will be required.
> With this email, I would like to especially ask the assistance of
members of Hands Across The Sea and others in assisting in finding
appropriate volunteers for this urgent need.
>Courtesy: Rtn.L.V.Vora, R.C. Anjar RID 3050 India
> Working conditions are very difficult in Niger. Extreme hardship
> conditions should be expected by anyone interested.
> I would prefer that serious inquiries be addressed to me privately
> at my email address: nicholas_mancus@...
> I thank you for any help that any Rotarian can afford in filling
> this urgent need.
> Nicholas Mancus
> Chair Water/Health/Hunger Task Force D9100, Zone 10B
> Hands Across the Sea Zone 10B Benin Advisor
> Member: RC Cotonou Centre