Rotarians in District 1290 (United Kingdom) are helping post-war victims in Kosovo. The Overseas Project Team is one of many groups who are fighting the corner for Kosovo. This goes beyond providing medical kit and other very important equipment.
District 1290 includes West Devon, including Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. About 1200 Rotarians are within this district.
U.K District's Overseas Project Team helps in Kosovo
Rotarians in District 1290 (United Kingdom) are helping post-war victims in Kosovo. The Overseas Project Team is one of many groups who are fighting the corner for Kosovo. This goes beyond providing medical kit and other very important equipment. Training delivered by professionals is part of the work and is helping communities to rebuild themselves.
No one expects to suffer illness or injury that affects their mobility, their independence or dignity. Unfortunately in Kosovo it happens to hundreds of people each year. Landmines claim lives and maim youngsters, patients require wheelchairs after suffering strokes and giving birth can be a harrowing experience.
It was a heart-breaking visit in 1999 by three members from the Rotary Club of Launceston which prompted the formation of OPT. Co-ordinator Barry Kressinger and fellow members saw for themselves the serious and painful suffering of local people.
Barry says the visit left a lasting impression: "It was quickly apparent there was a lot of work to do and it was going to take more than one Rotary club to achieve it. The idea of a district team was formed and now, ten years on, volunteers regularly visit Kosovo with more equipment and the expertise to help communities to help themselves.
"It's thanks to a strong relationship with the public and the Cornwall Fire & Rescue, the efforts of OPT are able to continue. Donations include fire engines, hose reels, ladders and time as fire fighters often come with us on the 2000 mile trip to ensure the kit is used properly. Ambulances are also donated, complete with patient trolleys and wheelchairs. There is a four wheeled drive ambulance and an all terrain fire engine ready to be sent to Albania."