Earlier, DK Lee visited Rotary’s Gift of Life Project, which financed and managed 107 surgical operations for children with heart conditions and received a briefing on Rotary\s cooperation with “Operation Smile,” which treats children with deformities in the mouth area that can be life threatening in the instances where they prevent infants from being nursed correctly.
Mr. Lee commended the work of the Rotary Clubs of Jordan, and renewed his call to “keep our minds firmly on our goal that is to save the lives of children.”
Dong Kurn Lee, president of Bubang Co. Ltd in South Korea, is the first Korean to head Rotary International. He took office on July 1 as president of Rotary International.
In a statement to the press, Mr. Lee said:
“Rotary will turn the dreams of a safe and happy childhood—a childhood that becomes a long and healthy life—into a reality because all of the world’s children are our children.”
In addition to reducing childhood mortality, Lee is also dedicated to the global effort to eradicate polio, Rotary’s top priority. He has traveled around the world, including India, to immunize children against the crippling and potentially fatal disease which still threatens children in parts of Africa and South Asia.
Since the launch of Rotary’s PolioPlus program in 1985, Rotary members have helped to immunize more than two billion children in 122 countries. As the lead private sector contributor and volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – a public/private partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Uunicef – Rotary has contributed $700m and countless volunteer hours to the cause.
Earlier this year, Bill Gates attended the Rotary International Assembly and announced a new grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation of $255m to Rotary International’s fight against polio, which comes on top of a previous grant of $100, which Rotary International matched by $200m. This raised the total joint commitment of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary International $555m, and raises the total Rotary commitment to the fight against polio to nearly $1.5bn.
literacy, hunger relief, and clean water. During his one-year term, Lee works to encourage Rotary clubs around the world to partner with local governments and non-governmental organizations to initiate projects that improve literacy rates and provide sustainable sources of food and clean water to communities in developing countries.
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