PALISADES PARK -- The Rotary Club of the Palisades will host Teaneck Rotary President Tamara Ellerbe at its Friday, Feb. 22, meeting, to speak about a project to support burn care in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Ellerbe will discuss the Sam Davis Foundation project for DR/Haiti Burn Care Network. Ellerbe was born and raised in Haiti.
Having lived in Haiti and working in healthcare, Ellerbe understands the importance of caring for burns and the dangers of fire associated with using a “ rechaud ” -- a traditional stove — in everyday home cooking, according to a press release.
These devices have no barriers to protect children often playing nearby as they are being used to cook food, the press release said.
Millions of Haitians live on less than $2 a day, and safe home construction is unaffordable for many, according to the press release.
The press release said more than 85% of Haitian buildings are constructed with either cement, earth, bricks, stones or “ clisse ” — sticks, twigs and branches.
Contractors and builders often cut corners in construction, reducing costs by using easily available building materials such as limestone dust and unrefined sand, which produce a cheaper but weaker concrete — that does not help the home stand up to fires, according to the press release.
The Rotary Club of the Palisades serves the towns of Edgewater, Leonia and Palisades Park. It meets every Tuesday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. for breakfast and to hear speakers on various topics of interest. The club meets at Gotham City Diner, at 550 Bergen Boulevard, in Ridgefield.
Members of the public are welcome to attend. The breakfast meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. as well.
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