One of Canada’s priorities in international development is the support of maternal and infant health. Richard McGowan, of Emmanuel International, spoke to Skyline Rotarians on Tuesday Oct. 11, on his charitable organization’s work on infant and maternal health in the Zamba district of Malawi, Africa. Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. McGowan, a member of the Uxbridge Rotary Club, described the Promise Project, an effort to support six health centres serving a population of 250,000. The project by the Christian development group, is aimed at reducing maternal deaths in childbirth by 15 percent. It will also include education on nutrition, the purchase on bicycle ambulances, water sanitation, and microcredit loans so Malawians can develop a sustainable economy. Emmanuel International is active in seven countries where it works through local church partners.
Coming up on October 18th, our guest speaker will be Nick Gunz, a part-time PhD student at the University of Cambridge and a lecturer at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. His subject is the Battle of Jutland in 1916 during World War 1. It was the biggest naval battle of all time. But Gunz says it has been largely forgotten because nobody won and everyone lost. Recently, historians have been better able to understand this historic battle, and Gunz says the result is “stranger and more amazing than anyone had ever imagined.”
To find out why, come out to the Office Pub at 6:30pm this coming Tuesday!!