Children at the elementary school in Carcha, Guatemala.
By Wendy Pacay, A Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
When I was a child, I really enjoyed school. I lived in a small town surrounded by the rainforest. Meeting with my friends at school, playing with them, and learning from them are among my best memories. I had a lot of curiosity that drove me to discover new things from books and from my teachers. It was easy to do my homework because I liked it so much. Continue reading
Rotary Peace Fellow Class 22 at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
By Hermanto Hasan, A Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
When I found out I was accepted for the Rotary Peace Fellowship at the prestigious Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, I was filled with happiness and also surprise. I had applied for several fellowships in the past, but all required a university degree, which I do not have. Continue reading
Children receive their toys in Badami Bagh, Lahore, Pakistan.
By Rotary Voices staff
A girl clutched the new purse she had just received during the annual toy giveaway in the community of Badami Bagh, Lahore, Pakistan.
Another child examined the coloring books and colored pencils with interest, while a crowd of other children and their parents surrounded a table in the market square, waiting their turn to select a free toy. Continue reading
By Wendy Coulson, Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Class of 2015
We talked a lot during our first two weeks at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University about connectors and dividers — what brings people or groups together and what drives them apart — in conflict situations.
As soon as our class of Rotary Peace Fellows arrived, we looked for ways to connect with each other. In fact, our tallest classmate found many of us on Facebook and began friendships and organizing workshops even before we arrived. We were so keen to meet each other that we threw open our doors to see who had arrived and threw open our arms to greet those we had only known virtually. Continue reading
Rotary Peace Fellows attend the first week of classes at Chulalongkorn, Bangkok, Thailand.
By Marty Peak Helman, Rotary Club of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
My husband, Frank, and I were recently invited to sit in on a day of classes during the first week of the current Rotary Peace Center’s certificate program, held at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Every year, Rotary selects 50 mid-life professionals in a worldwide search to come to Bangkok for three months to study peace and conflict resolution.
As I looked around the room, I realized that
I was surrounded by professionals who Continue reading
A SunSpring installed at a hospital in Tacloban, Philippines.
By Jon Kaufman, a member of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise, California, USA
I was excited to read about the recent agreement for pilot projects between the Peace Corps and Rotary in Thailand and the Philippines. Our Rotary club’s project was massively involved in these two countries in 2013, without any Rotary Foundation grant funds.
We started a project, H2OpenDoors, that – as the name suggests – works in two tracts. First, the project provides the best water purification technology for the poorest villages and schools. Continue reading
Neo LothongKum trains for his charity run.
By Neo LothongKum, a member of the Rotary E-Club of the Carolinas
On 17 February, I will be starting a 999 kilometer (620 mile) run from the very top of Thailand down to the east coast of Pattaya to raise funds for polio eradication and support water projects here in Thailand.
Since coming to Thailand, I have had a desire to help people. In Phuket, I worked with the local police department to assist visitors and local Thai residents work out agreements when there were issues of insurance. I moved to Bangkok just before the 2004 tsunami, but volunteered my translation skills in helping search for missing people. Continue reading
Jon Kaufman, left, and team members hold up three fingers, signifying water, education, and peace, during the installation of a SunSpring.
By Jon Kaufman, a member of the Rotary Club of Peninsula Sunrise (Redwood City/Menlo Park), California, USA
When we launched our club’s project, H2OpenDoors, we said that the world’s water crisis can be solved with a little technology and a whole lot of soul.
With our first two installations completed at two hill tribe villages in Northern Thailand in February 2013, we are now preparing for the next in Myanmar. Continue reading
By Saad Karim, 2012 Rotary Peace Fellow, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Saad Karim, right, at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University
There is an African proverb that says “Alone we can run faster, but together we can go further,” also sometimes stated as “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go further, go together.”
When I began the Rotary Peace Centers program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, I and my 21 classmates began the journey on separate paths, each with different, individual ideas about peace and conflict resolution. Continue reading
Sadie Rose Zavgren, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the United States to Thailand, attended the 2012 RI Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, 6-9 May. The following is an excerpt of the speech she delivered during the Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting.
Sadie Rose, middle, with Thai Youth Exchange students at the 2012 RI Convention.
When I was 12 years old, a friend of mine went on a youth exchange to Germany. She came home talking about the enriching educational year she had just lived. I decided then that one day I, too, would be an exchange student.
I chose Thailand because the country seemed unique, and who wouldn’t want to be in a country known as the Land of a Thousand Smiles. Continue reading