District 9640 nominates two applicants for Peace Fellowships

After a call for nominations for Peace Fellowships early in 2017, no nominations were received from clubs in our District.
 
Rotary International asked our District if it would support applicants from other parts of the world, and after consideration by the District leaders, Rotary District 9640 accepted the challenge.
 
As a result two submissions have been presented to RI for worthy candidates,  FAHIM RAHIMI from Afghanistan and  MARIUM FATIMA from Pakistan.
 
Both were interviewed by our District 9640 DG & DGE, and their comments and the District’s Endorsement on both Applicants have been sent to Rotary International. We now await advice from RI about the success or otherwise of these nominations.
UPDATE October 29 2017 - Advice has been received of acceptance of Fahim Rahimi to the program, Acceptance letter -
Further advice is that Marium Fatima has been advised she has "Alternate" status, and will be offered a place should another applicant be unable to fulfil their offer -
 

Fahim Rahimi

Fahim is strikingly humble and engaging and his enthusiasm for bringing enlightenment to his, largely, uneducated tribal community, is inspiring.  He is obviously charismatic to have been able to lead a number of youth activists and to influence the tribal elders to accept change.  He is also very impressive in his attitude towards the opposition he has encountered amongst the radical elements of his society.  He could easily have chosen a more comfortable life in academia than the one he has and it is commendable and extraordinary that he instead works tirelessly for peace, and very committed to promoting Peace and Conflict resolution.
 

Marium Fatima

Marium is a young wife and mother, living in a community that values tradition over modernity.  She is grateful to her parents and partner for their enlightened attitude that has allowed her to pursue a professional career and to work in the Human Rights field.  She has aspirations to become a politician in the style of Benazir Bhutto, despite the difficulties she will face.  Marium has pursued studies and interacted with her community to inform herself and others of the causes of conflict and the means to prevent it.  Despite experiencing the targeting of her country in the aftermath of ‘9/11’, and the problems associated with the earlier Polio vaccination process, which caused problems for a number of Pakistani children, Marium has determined that the way forward is through education and the promotion of Human Rights.  She has her young child receive polio vaccination at every opportunity and is an advocate for this Rotary led program. Marium will be a remarkable ambassador for Rotary if she is given the opportunity to become a Rotary Peace Fellow.