Addressing Rotary's main areas of focus around the world
Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to education and more than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
- In 2010 we helped fund a school library in India working in conjunction with a partner club in Guwahati.
- In 2015 we helped to repair desks and chairs at a school in The Gambia and provided funds to buy rice for young children to have school dinners
- In 2017 we have again helped the school in The Gambia with the aid of a district grant
Providing Clean Water
More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. At least 3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Rotary projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.
- In 2014 we financed rainwater harvesting tanks in Kenya's Great Rift Valley.
- In 2016 we financed the building of two test water community pans as the first stage of a rainwater harvesting water project in the Kianjai area of Kenya combined with a an agricultural irrigation system to support sustainable crop production.
- In 2017 we provided two more water pans in Kainjai, Kenya
Growing Local Economies
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Rotary carries out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
- For seven years we sponsored a child in Ethiopia through World Vision. The programme has benefitted the whole community of Adjibar, and provided irrigation for local farmers and helped the local community to be self-sustaining.
- In 2015 we provided funds to purchase maize and bean seed for subsistance farmers in Kianjai, Kenya
Saving Mothers and Children
At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary provides immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.
More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. Rotary aims to improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underdeveloped areas. Rotary members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many Rotary projects ensure that medical training facilities are located where the workforce lives.
- In 2005 we went to Assam, India, and handed out mosquito nets to people in a high malaria risk area
- Our support of a child in Adjibar, Ethiopia through World Vision has also provided training about HIV/AIDS
- We have contributed annually to End Polio Now; Rotary International's 32 year campaign to eradicate polio from this world