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Monday, January 30, 2006

Sunrise Rotary Aids Guatemalan Organization

Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club in cooperation with Guatemala’s Coban Rotary has presented a four-wheel drive vehicle to The Transitions organization in Antigua.

Mike Keen, Sunrise Rotary’s International Services Committee chairman, was instrumental in raising more than $25,000 to purchase the vehicle.

The vehicle will be used to transport Transitions’ clients, who are mainly amputees wounded during violent and chaotic conditions that have beset the country for the past 20 years.

Transitions was established a decade ago through the efforts of Westport architect Abe Rothenberg, whose son, Daniel, was studying in Guatemala at the time.

A good friend of Daniel’s was interning at a hospital in Antigua.

The friends was appalled at the random violence and the hundreds of amputees with no wheelchairs or means of support.

Transitions was formed as an avenue of rehabilitation.

Rothenberg and Rotary helped Transitions evolve into an organization that manufactured prosthetics and wheelchairs to enable their patients to function.

In addition, they established a print shop and other small businesses.

Other, larger Rotary Clubs were enlisted along with numerous foundations to support the growing organization.

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