Posted by rpjr on Nov 09, 2017
The remarkable district "HealthRay's" project was described by our speaker Larry Kanar, Northbrook Rotary. The project brings x-ray diagnosis to remote, low income areas of Guatemala.  Larry described the projects success and progress so far, its genesis as an example of the "power of one" (two or three in this case), and encouraged our continuing support. Ron Crawford, one of several club members who have participated in service projects in Guatemala, introduced our speaker.  To read more about the project, click "read more" below.
The program is a multi-club, multi-partner and multi-national effort which originated here in our District 6440.
$2,500,000 will have been spent when the project’s goal of 29 X-ray units has been reached.  The effort is a 20-year project and so far, 8 units are in place, the 9th and 10th are being funded now and are near completion, and the 11th is being started. 
 
The Guatemala government builds and pays for the clinics at which the equipment is based., in keeping with the current Rotary International emphasis on sustainable efforts.  The project has caught on internationally.  People who are patients earn about $7 a day; when they come to the clinic, the x-ray service is without charge.
 
The start of this project is an example of the power of one (or  in this case, two or three).  Larry and Carlos Frum (former district governor) were looking for a hands-on project for their club.  They went to RI and learned of an opportunity in Fiji and this one in Guatemala.  The distance to Fiji was too far to be practical, so with a club member in the medical services business the project was off to a start…with hard work and persuasion of others including various governments.