The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through:
- PEACE AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION
- DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
- WATER AND SANITATION
- MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
- BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY
- ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The support of Rotarian members and friends of the Foundation is essential to make possible projects, funded with the aid of Foundation grants, that deliver life-changing and sustainable improvement to communities in need.
The Rotary Foundation provides grants to the club that adds funds to projects to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad. These grants typically fund humanitarian projects, that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.
Since 1987 Rotary has been working with the World Health Organisation to completely eradicate Polio from our world. Over the past thirty years Rotary men and women have contributed over €1.5 billion towards reaching this goal. Rotary buses in families from outlying areas to a central location, provides accommodation and food and when the vaccination has been administered brings them home again. Thanks to the work of Rotary and the WHO Polio is now endemic in just two countries in the world. These are Pakistan and Afghanistan. In both of these countries Rotary men and women continue to put their lives on the line to carry out this necessary work. Until Polio is eradicated from every country in our world it has the capacity to return.
In a Rotary Ireland context, this funding has supported diverse international projects, including:
· Bringing drinking water and sanitation to communities in Kenya and Malawi
· Bringing health services to people in India, Uganda, DRC and Zambia
· Bringing education to communities in Africa, Asia and South America
· Bringing disaster relief to Haiti, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines
· Providing prosthetic limbs to victims of war and disease
· Providing refurbished bicycles and school books to children in The Gambia
In Ireland, an even more diverse range of local projects have been funded, including:
· Sensory gardens and playgrounds for Special Schools
· IT and educational aids for schools, both special and mainstream
· Facilities for suicide counselling and support services
· Literacy programs for children and adults
· Youth training and development programs
It is projects like these that demonstrate and underpin the ongoing commitment of Rotarians to do good in the world, a commitment that the Rotary Foundation has now been supporting for 100 years