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Today as #rotaracters celebrate 112 years of serving humanity...
I would love to invite you to the #RotaractSunshineRally this weekend.
Lets turn up this Saturday, the 25th of February, @jamhurigrounds
touch a soul, and impact the world
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Thank you Concert Choir for leading the Veterans Day program for Winthrop Court veterans and residents. #talentedtigers #500acresoffun #servicebeyondself

"Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams
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"When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful." - Malala Yousafzai
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"Everything you do has some effect, some impact." - Dalai Lama #ServiceSaturday #ServiceBeyondSelf

Today we learned about the human brain, and some of the newest innovations being used to help patients with dementia. Thank you to Dr. Earl Henslin for taking the time to speak with us! http://drhenslin.com

#BrainStuff #Neurology #Psychiatry #Dementia #Innovation #Science #LaMiradaRotary #RotaryServingHumanity #ServiceBeyondSelf #PeopleHelpingPeople #Service #LaMirada #RotaryInternational #Rotary

CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR'S SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS!!! 🎉🎊🎉 La Mirada Rotary, along with the C.A. Van Dam Family Foundation, was proud to present scholarships to these exceptional young ladies this afternoon at La Mirada High School's Senior Tea. With so many outstanding applications this year, our scholarship committee had to look beyond each applicant's academic success to focus on other criteria as well. Each of these recipients have demonstrated both a commitment to service, and to embodying the principles that guide the work Rotary does all over the world. We wish them all the best as they prepare to begin their collegiate careers, and we hope to see them continue to lead lives of service in the future!

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THE TEACHER: (second in the Mother’s Day Series) This Wodaabe Fulani mother is teaching her daughter how to make a necklace amulet made of leather and caury shells. The Fulani are well known for their knowledge of magic and traditional medicine.  The person that will wear the amulet will be guarded from evil.  The daughter listens intently, and one day she too will be a great bearer of Wodaabe lore.
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Wishing a very Happy Mother's Day to our mom's, and all of the wonderful mom's around the world!

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Be sure to join our friends over at Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary on Saturday, May 20th for their 8th Annual Lobsterfest!!! You'll get all-you-can eat lobster & tri-tip, you'll have lots of fun, and the best part is that 100% of the net proceeds go to funding the charitable work Tustin/Santa Ana Rotary does throughout the year! To buy tickets and learn more visit http://www.tustinlobsterfest.com/buy-tickets/

#TustinLobsterfest #Lobster #Yummy #AllYouCanEat #TustinSantaAnaRotary #Tustin #SantaAna #RotaryServingHumanity #ServiceBeyondSelf #PeopleHelpingPeople #Service #LaMiradaRotary #LaMirada #RotaryInternational #Rotary

"To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind." - Pearl S. Buck
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WALKING FOR WATER: Thousands of students across the world have joined Amman Imman to bring water and other essential services to the Azawak.  This partnership has empowered our young “Heroes of Compassion” as socially responsible leaders. Students as little as four have sold rosemary and recipes, others have given up birthday presents in favor of donations, some have written and enacted plays on the Azawak, a few have run half-marathons, and still others have held “Guerwul ceremonies”, copying the male beauty pageants held by the Fulani.  After 12 years of partnering by our side, many of our students have observed their friends evolve from children living in camps, to settling (at least part-time) near their borehole, to attending school and growing school gardens, to now being mothers and fathers with their own children. Most importantly, they have witnessed first-hand child mortality go from almost 50% to less than 15% today.  As a uniting event for students across the world, students and schools have held Walks for Water over the past 10 years.  These walks have become cultural festivals where children and their families learn about the indigenous populations of the Azawak; how they live, their artifacts, their food and culture.  Students write letters and make jewelry for our schoolchildren in the Azawak, and in return, our schools in Niger share letters and messages to our Heroes of Compassion.  Our Walks and other activities become true exchanges of friendship, uniting us as people of humanity.
Photo 1: Walk for Water 2010. Our Associate Director and Wells of Love founder, Debbie Kahn is leading the way.  I was thrilled to walk alongside my son, Fassely (2 at the time) and students from Montessori schools in the DC/Maryland area.
Photo 2: Walk for Water at JFK High School in MD in 2015.  I am standing behind the banner with my husband, Denis, and our sons Soriya and Fassely (I was pregnant with Indima). Fashion designer, Alfadi, and Her Excellency Professor Hassana Alidou, Niger's ambassador to the USA, are standing with us.
Photo 3: Student hula-hoops during an Amman-Athon at Five Oaks Academy.
Photo 4: Kijigari student receives a friendship bracelet.

Thank you to author Robert George for speaking with us today about your book, "Yes, Sir! No, Sir! No Excuse, Sir!" Robert's book chronicles the story of his difficult journey through life, and how his faith allowed him to do it. To learn more, visit http://www.yessirnosirnoexcusesir.com

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HEAVY WITH POSSIBILITY: I came across this young woman while walking home after visiting a Fulani camp near Kijigari village.  She had traveled from over 15 miles away after hearing that the Kijigari borehole had opened.  She came with as many jerry cans as she could carry, looking forward to bringing the abundant water to her family.  She didn’t care that it was clean -- why should she… she had never had clean water ever before -- but she was excited to have the water spill out of a faucet instead of hauling it out of a well.  I just wondered how she was going to carry all those jerry cans home, once they were filled with the precious liquid.  I was also very proud of the Montessori students around the world that had made this day possible!

The second photo depicts a mother giving her child clean water from the Kijigari borehole, celebrating its opening! @ammanimman
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How do you get your water?
HEAVING AND HAULING: I learned the true meaning of this phrase in the Azawak. This video was taken by Yanic Cadenas in the village of Tchinwagari in 2009. In 2010, Amman Imman partnered with UNCIF to build a borehole for the community. Today, people no longer have to work so hard to obtain their water, and the quality of the water is pristine. Child mortality linked to water related illness has dropped by over 30%. #Instavideo #Drought #watersearcher #azawak #ammanimman #waterislife #waterishope #niger #africa #water #videooftheday #travelphotography #walkaboutchronicles #servicebeyondself #globetrotting #touareg #nomad #adventurer #storiesoftheazawak #fulbright #yale #Fulani #walking #photooftheday #instagood #humanitarian #travelblogger #wells #photojournalism #everydayafrica @ammanimman

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RESILIENCY: In this photo, taken in 2005, young Malik, Soutout, and Sadeya were digging for water in a drying seasonal marsh.  The children played and sang as we walked the twelve miles from their home to the marsh, carefree and relieved to conduct this “short” water errand.  The rains had filled up the marshes, and for a few months -- as long as the water did not completely evaporate -- they would not have to undertake a daylong search for the precious liquid.

Upon arrival at the marsh, I sat underneath a thorny acacia tree in silence, observing the children set themselves up.  This was a marsh, I asked myself?  All I saw was fly and dung infested mud trampled by cows, goats and donkeys.  The children dug and dug, for hours they fervently dug to reach the underground water reserves.  Disgusted, I simply could not get myself to help them.  Selfishly, I thought of dinner being cooked in the muddy water, and ugh, I wanted to vomit.  Eventually, a few women joined us to wash their clothes. Again, I watched them in great consternation.  With all the respect I had for them, I wondered if the clothes wouldn’t be cleaner staying dirty rather than being washed in this murky liquid.
The children finally finished filling up their numerous jerry cans. Before departing, Malik scooped some mud into his metal bowl, and took a large swig.  Refreshed, he tied his jerry cans to his donkey, and we set off back home.
Today, Malik, Soutout, and Sadeya are married with their own children.  I’m proud and happy to say that their children will never have to undergo such hardships, or risk disease or death drinking marsh mud.  Amman Imman built them a borehole in 2007, and ever since, they fetch pure water only a few minutes distance from their homes. http://www.ammanimman.org/
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