Rotary district governor visits Central
BISHKEK (TCA) --
From 6 to 18 September, the Rotary Governor of District 2430 Mr. Hasan Akduman and his wife Esin, accompanied by Assistant Governor for Central AsiaGiorgio Fiacconi, visited the
Rotary Clubs of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
In typical Rotarian atmosphere, the Governor was received in each country by
the club members and briefed by the Board of each Club on several projects
undertaken by them. In Central Asia there are presently five Clubs between
Rotary and Rotaract (young Rotarians), two in Almaty, two in Bishkek and one in Dushanbe.
All together between Rotary and Rotaract, there are
approximately 100 members who have carried out an impressive number of
humanitarian projects, from assisting poor people to providing surgery for
children, from renovating schools and orphanages to supporting young students
to study abroad, and from training village children in various sanitary
procedures to providing wheelchairs to the disabled.
Young children, orphans, elderly people and the disabled are receiving the most
attention, but Rotary looks further and is now considering the development of a
self-sustainable initiative that includes providing support for small business
through micro-lending, the development of a new program for small
entrepreneurs, and the creation of a subsidized dormitory for young people aged
between 16 and 25.
In Almaty, the governors met the current President
Angel Denev and the other Board members and Club
Rotarians and with them visited an orphanage where the club has provided
financial support and material to renovate various sanitary facilities. They
were briefed on the activity of the Club and future plans. The Almaty Club also announced that they would put on another Vienna ball at the end of
October, a very successful fund raising event that took place in 2006.
In Bishkek, the district Governor, accompanied by President Ken Arne, visited a
water project in the town of Tokmok. This project, promoted by
Rotary Club of Bishkek over eight years, has brought fresh water to more than
30,000 people. The next day, accompanied by past President and Secretary Arslan Kenenbaev, the Governor
visited the trauma centre of Bishkek, completely renovated and equipped by
Rotary with the use of a grant from the Japanese Government.
On the same day, they visited the Voenno Antonovka children’s home, supported by the Club and the Majoursten and Oslo Rotary clubs of Norway, and
where the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has built a two storey new
school to be used as a vocational training centre for tailors, bakers and
On September 12, the first training seminar in Central
Asia on various Rotarian issues took place. The seminar was
attended not only by members of the Bishkek Club but also by participants from
the Rotary Clubs of Almaty and Dushanbe. The successful seminar was
conducted by a number of high position Rotarians from District 2430, such as
Past District Governor (PDG) Akin Gokyay, PDG Mufit Melin, PDG Malik Aviral, PCP Gengiz Sonner and PCP Sedat Boyocioglu. Although this
was the first seminar in more than ten years since the creation of the Rotary
Clubs in Central Asia, the District Governor
said that this will be followed by other similar initiatives in the future.
From Bishkek the delegation moved to Tajikistan where it was received by
the Dushanbe Rotary Club President Rustam Aminjanov and other Board and Club members. After an
initial briefing on the Dushanbe Club’s activities, the next day DG Akduman and his wife Esin,
together with ADG Giorgio Fiacconi, accompanied by
Rotary Dushanbe President Rustam Aminjanov,
Past President Mukhilbullo Zuvaydulloev,
and Board member Muyassar Vakhoboda,
visited the Republican School-Lyceum for disabled children, where the Club has
done a considerable amount of work and plans to continue.
Another project visited by the delegation was outside Dushanbe in the Vakdat
district, where the Tajik Club has provided support to old people’s home. Later
in the evening all Dushanbe Club members met together and were praised by the
District Governor for the good work they had done.
With a presence in more than 170 countries, with approximately 32,000 clubs and
1.2 million members, Rotary is a powerful organization. The initiative should
always start from the local Clubs that know better than anybody else the needs
of the people and the local culture.