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Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians. We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. In current conflicts, children account for a considerable proportion of casualties, as schools and hospitals are attacked in violation of all international humanitarian and human rights laws. Some of these children are victims of general assaults against civilians; others are part of calculated genocides. Despite these changes to the nature of warfare, treatment for the victims has not shifted accordingly.

The Rotary Club of Newport Beach will support refugee programs in the United States and spearhead a humanitarian mission to Lebanon in the fall of 2020.

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My name is Rita Garabet, and I am a founding member of the Rotary Club of Newport Beach as well as the President of our Rotaract Club. I am also the chair of our Peace and Conflict Resolution/War Refugee Committee and a 3rd year DDS student at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at USC. I have been involved with many Rotary projects over the last 6 years, including providing underprivileged children clothes for their first day back to school and chaperoning a camp for families with a member affected by Down Syndrome. 

Since starting dental school, I have become even more active with Rotary International. I have begun dedicating my time to our “Help in a Box” dental program, where we provide free dental care to the underserved communities in Southern California, and internationally. I have fallen in love with this project in particular because I have been part of the grand impact it can have on patients’ lives. In one weekend in Rosarito, Mexico, I was personally able to ... Show More...



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