Two fellows carry on District peace fellowship program

Since 2010-11, District 5110 has sponsored 18 successful candidates for fellowships, four for master’s degrees including from Rotary Peace Centers in Tokyo, Queensland, and Uppsala, and 14 for the certificate program.

The District’s current Peace Fellow studying at Duke/UNC for a master’s degree in public health, Dr. Chimwemwe Kumwenda has returned to her home in Malawi to be on the front lines during the Covid-19 crisis. While there, she is doing a needs assessment for a potential global grant to send a VTT medical team to Malawi. It is to be led by Dr. Lucinda Kolo – Kistler who has previously been on multiple missions to Malawi and who came to know Chimwemwe while there. Chimwemwe hopes to complete her degree in the coming academic year.  PDG Chuck Root and his wife Marti visited with Chim last fall at Duke/UNC.  Our District is very fortunate to be able to help such a wonderful young lady.

This year our  eClub and the district are sponsoring Tamim Ebrahimi, a peace-building practitioner, who has been leading projects and providing peace-building training in Afghanistan for the past seven years. With outstanding credentials and references, he is applying for a Rotary Peace Fellowship to attend the University of Bradford in England. We are excited to sponsor him and hopeful that he will be among those selected. Three readers and two center directors will read his application (and over 700 others) over the summer. Selections will be announced in October.

This year’s committee included: Chuck Root, Carol Fellows, Tommi Drake, Anne Batzer, Doug Smith, Michelle Correditti, Karl Kment, Evie Lerner, and Jean Hamilton.  We were assisted during our Zoom interview of Tamim by DG Rick and DGE Cindi.