Foundation and International

Supporting international development in health, education and the relief of poverty.

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The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International and is supported solely by contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary. Through Foundation grants, Rotarians are able to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. A major source of funding for the End Polio Now campaign is the Rotary Foundation and we are continuing our commitment to this.

Another of our longstanding commitments has been the Group Study Exchange programme, also supported by Foundation, which offered cultural and vocational exchange opportunities for young professionals. In 2013 we were proud to participate in the hosting of a team from South Korea. The theme of the visit was 'Peace and conflict resolution'. The picture shows the team visiting Devon & Cornwall Police HQ to hear about restorative justice.

Recently, a Foundation grant was received to assist an initiative of the club aimed at supporting an individual, Cass Walker, working in a sustainable education project in South America.

The club has supported many International projects, mainly in the fields of water aid and disaster relief. Most recently, we saw the completion of the N'Giresi project.

The club is also a major contributor to a joint project with other clubs, led by Dawlish Water RC, to provide Sand Dams to village communities in Kenya. Sand Dams are the most cost effective way of storing and harvesting seasonal rainwater in some dry parts of the world. They also empower the local communities allowing them to develop their agriculture and become more self-supporting. The construction is managed by Excellent Development, a not for profit organisation, but is largely carried out by the villagers themselves.

Currently the club is exploring the possibility of a joint project with Bulawayo South RC to provide a borehole water supply for a school and local community in Zimbabwe.

A swift response to major disasters has always been at the forefront of the club's priorities. Supporting ShelterBox therefore remains a key objective and every year the club raises sufficient funds to buy several boxes.