美國團體研究交換團中東行深獲啟示

Middle East GSE enlightens U.S. team

from: Rotary World-2003/02


美國911攻擊事件後不到半年,第5490地區(亞利桑那州及加州部份)的一支團體研究交換團便展開前往2450地區的巴林、埃及、約旦、和黎巴嫩的研究行程。

Less than six months after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States, a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from District 5490 (parts of Arizona and California, USA) embarked on a study tour of Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon in District 2450. 

交換團團員,同時也是亞利桑那州普雷史卡學院成人學位課程的計劃協調人坎帝(Jeanie Canty)說:「我對該區域目前的政治與經濟的情況,婦女的角色、以及回教與基督教阿拉人的生活,都有多的瞭解。」

"I learned so much about the current political and economic situation of the region, as well as the role of women and the lives of both Muslim and Christian Arabs," says team member Jeanine Canty, program coordinator for the Adult Degree Programs at Prescott College in Arizona. 

該交換團與其同行會面,參觀數個扶輪社計劃,在該地區各地的扶輪社發表演講。他們也在巴林曼納馬的地區年會中發表演說。

The team met with their vocational counterparts, toured several Rotary club projects, and made presentations at clubs throughout the district. They also made a presentation at the district conference in Manama, Bahrain.

交換團團員,亞利桑那州大峽谷國家公園管理員烏爾曼(Richard Ullmann)說:我覺得我在黎巴嫩的那個星期真正見證了人道精神,並加以發揚光大。對我來說最顯著的例子是巴達/阿里區域的德魯茲孤兒院。幾乎有1,000位兒童正獲得照顧與教育,主要便是由於阿里(Aley)扶輪社協助。」

"I found my week in Lebanon to be a true testament to the human spirit, surviving and even thriving in the face of historic adversity," says team member Richard Ullmann, a park ranger at Arizona's Grand Canyon National Park. "A most striking example for me was a Druze orphanage in the Baabda/Aley region. Almost 1,000 children were being cared for and educated, in no small part due to the Aley Rotary club's assistance."

他們所參觀的其他計劃包括埃及的亞利山卓大都會(Alexandria Cosmopolitan)扶輪社所主辦的一場就業博覽會,以及黎巴嫩(Babda)扶輪社所提供的昕障兒童水療池。

Other project visits included a job fair sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria Cosmopolitan, Egypt, and a hydrotherapy pool for disabled children provided by the Rotary Club of Baabda, Lebanon.

交換團團長,前地區總監惠勒(George Wheeler)說:「有許多扶輪社都加入扶輪不久,可是他們的熱忱與善行都十分罕見。許多扶輪社計劃都十分有意義,並善用配合獎助金。」

"So many of the clubs are relatively new to Rotary, yet their enthusiasm and good works are exceptional," says team leader and past district governor George Wheeler. "Many club projects were so worthwhile and used Matching Grants well."