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Rotary’s child abuse prevention work extends to Kenya

Judy Wolf gets to know some Masai warriors and their children on a previous visit to Kenya. She will lead a training team to the East African country in April as they educate health professionals and business leaders about child abuse. Courtesy photo

The Rotary Club of Davis has been awarded a $49,750 global vocational training grant to send a team of professionals to Kenya in East Africa to train health professionals and business leaders in child abuse prevention techniques. Rotary is teaming up with HEART — Health Education Africa Training Team — in this life-saving mission.

Why Kenya? This African country filled with some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife and fossil finds has tribal cultures where child abuse remains prevalent today.

The training team, headed by Judy Wolf, chairwoman of the Rotary Club of Davis’ Child Abuse Prevention Program, will visit hospitals and medical schools in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisii and Eldoret.

The team includes Angela Rosas, M.D., medical director of the Sutter BEAR Program and child abuse consultant for all Northern California and Central Valley Sutter hospitals; Nancy Cabelus, D.R.N., forensic nurse, educator and international consultant in forensic nursing care from Belleair, Fla.; Kalyca Seabrook, a child abuse prevention coordinator from the Yolo County Children’s Alliance and a family support worker; and Kay Resler, 2010-11 president of the Rotary Club of Davis.

The team will be in Kenya throughout April; its busy schedule includes visiting with business, professional and community leaders of the more than 42 Rotary clubs in Kenya to educate and demonstrate life-size shaken baby instructional dolls.

The doll is a life-size baby with a transparent vinyl head filled with LED lights. The doll begins emitting a real infant’s cry, and the baby is shaken to simulate various stages of head trauma. The program provides for shaken baby syndrome simulator dolls, fetal alcohol syndrome and drug-affected newborn dolls to be donated through Rotary International to Kenyan hospitals and medical schools for training of medical students, physicians and patients.

This training grant was made possible by funds from the Rotary Club of Davis, Sunset Rotary Club of Davis, Rotary Club of Woodland Luna Vista and the Rotary Club of Fairfield-Suisun. Additional support funding was received from Rotary District 5160, the Rotary Club of Nairobi, Kenya District 9200, and Rotary International.

In 1999, the Rotary Club of Davis led by Wolf’s husband, Bud, launched its local Child Abuse Prevention Program with the goal to expand club efforts into a regional program within Rotary District 5160 and then expand globally.

“We so appreciate the generous support of local Rotarians and friends in our communities and now Rotary International in collaboration with HEART for making it possible to achieve this decade-long goal of helping to protect the children of the world,” Judy Wolf said. “This is only a start on a long road to help protect the children of the world.”

Local residents who are interested in joining the Rotary Club of Davis, which offers many opportunities for community and international service, email membership chair Andrew Dowling at andrew@daviscalifornia.com.

Enterprise staff

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