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■Dr. Iwamura’s Speech in Sao Paulo, Brazil / Rotary Award for World Understanding

Rotary Award for World Understanding
Awarded to Dr. Noboru Iwamura
Peace, Health and Human Development
1981 Rotary International Convention
Dr. Iwamura’s Speech in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ladies and gentlemen, I am deeply honored to accept this undeserved Award for World Understanding at this convention. It also brings me great joy to know that Rotary International has recognized the importance of the work that I have been involved with. My reason for this is that these achievements have not been mine alone. What has made it possible for me to stand before you today really is the help that I have received from very many people.

The first person I must thank is the “Minister of Home Affairs” of my home, someone who is not only my “better half” but actually is responsible for about 75% of things, my beloved wife. I would not have been able to do anything at all without her meritorious wifely help. In addition, I must thank the well-meaning people in Japan who have helped me, and my friends in Nepal and other Asian countries. Also our Nepalese children and of course, the Japan Christian Overseas Medical Cooperation Service which has supported medical programs in Nepal and Asia over a period of twenty years, and all the members of Rotary International who have brought me here. And finally, it is all due to the Almighty Creator of all things, our God.

For both my wife and myself, to have been able to live in Nepal for nearly twenty years has been a great blessing. My wife, Fumiko, lost her parents to typhoid fever shortly after the end of World WarU and through this experience learned the horrors of illness and the blessings of health. On the other hand, I was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb fell and through that experience learned the horrors of war and the blessings of peace. After the war, my wife and I fell in love with each other and married but God did not favor us with children. I often complained of this in my prayers and I learned that even this kind of prayers, continued over long years, will be heard by God.

One-by-one, Nepalese children who had lost their parents to tuberculosis or cholera were sent to us. We now have been blessed with a large, happy family of six daughters and six sons. Through our children we have learned about differences between Nepalese and Japanese manners, customs, and the culture. We have also experienced something deeper than these surface things. That is that the most basic of human requirements, the need to eat when hungry, is common to us all. Also to love and to be loved and to marry, and to experience the happiness of giving birth and rising the fruit of these unions-to share the joy of living in this wonderful way is the same for all people regardless of their race, religion, culture or country.

One day, in a village deep in the mountains in Nepal, a tired and sick old woman collapsed. A traveler who happened by picked her up and carried her on his back across three mountains. After a three-day journey, they reached our hospital. I tried to give the man some money in thanks but he refused it. He said “No, I do not need money. I have extra energy and youth. I have only shared three days of the long journey of life of this old woman who has run out of youth and energy. For the sake of of everyone’s existence.” Then he left without taking even one small coin. This man was just an ordinary farmer who had never even attended primary school.

“To live is to share. Let us give only a small portion, 10%, of what we have been blessed with, to those in need.” How to live in today’s world as a doctor and beyond that as a human being, is the message that I in turn wish to share with as many people as possible.

The movement to “share 10% of what you have” began with the campaign to collect used postage stamps sparked by a proposal from a Japanese Rotarian. The money obtained from the sale of the stamps is used to buy BCG vaccine and other drugs and equipment to send to Nepal and other Asian countries. As a campaign to save the children of Asia from tuberculosis the movement spread all over Japan, then to other Asian Rotary Clubs, the Pan-Pacific countries, and finally even to the U.S.A. and Europe.

The wonderful aspect of this movement is that anyone, anywhere, anytime can participate. The method is simple: you and I, can donate 10% of our time and energy to those who are more vulnerable and in need if we only have the will and make an effort to do so.

Through this movement, BCG vaccine and other medicines were continuously shipped not only to Nepal, but to other Asian countries as well. Another wonderful aspect of this campaign is that because it has continued for more than twenty years people of various ages are participating and in various venues the beginnings of Peace, Health and Human Development (PHD) are seen. Young people especially, through the collection of used stamps, have developed gentle hearts with a real understanding of the pain of others. Under the guidance of their kind elders, they have built strong bodies and ingenious minds and have now begun to work and share through various channels with grassroots activities in developing countries in Asia and Africa for the sake of everyone’s existence.

I am now fifty-four years old. As I have radiation sickness due to exposure to the atom bomb in Hiroshima, I will probably die before you. I want to devote the remainder of my life to spreading the PHD movement around the world. I believe that is what God, who has cared for me up until now, through everyone’s support, wishes for me to do.

Let you and I, begin the PHD movement now by giving 10% of the time, wisdom, knowledge, skills, and energy that we have used for our own benefit until now in our daily lives in our homes, workplaces and schools. Let us work with those in need for peace, health and human development. You and I, through giving 10%, will nurture this PHD movement and spread it throughout the world. I truly believe and have no doubt that this is God’s own plan to save the human race.

Reprinted from Rotary International District 268

Governor Imai’s Monthly Bulletin No.1

WHY PHD MOVEMENT IS NEEDED TODAY

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