International providing much needed help around the world
International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
International Projects that reach across the globe
Lendwithcare's mission is to create lasting change in small communities and to put money where it is needed most; 94p in every £1 goes to the programme tackling the underlying causes of poverty, so that people can become self-sufficient.
In December 2013 our Club agreed to put £500 into this programme. In 2016 we applied for a Rotary Grant that enabled us to add another £1,000 more to what we are already doing. Club members have also donated to this activity - to date £287.95
The principle is that small loans are made based on very well vetted business plans in developing economies around the globe; the loans are paid back over a pre-determined period. As the money comes back into our account we reinvest it in new entrepreneurs.
To date (September 2018) our donations have:
· Enabled 259 loans to be made, with a total value of £5,995
· Helped 1,248 businesses, supported 4,486 family members and created 868 jobs
· Supported businesses include - farming (raising livestock, rice and cultivation) embroidery at home, a general store a cooperative market stall an itinerant trader, greengrocer, bakery, fishing, shoe repair, tailoring, sewing, hairdressing, retail, cafes and shops
· We are currently receiving repayments from 97 entrepreneurs; 181 enterprises have fully repaid their loans, none has defaulted
· Total loans repaid = £4,647.95
Rotarians and members of the public are encouraged to make their own tax- efficient personal donations to Care International in the name of the Baldock Rotary Group.
The Guatemala Literacy Project (GLP) is a partnership between Rotary International clubs and the non-profit organisation Cooperative for Education (CoEd). This initiative provides badly-needed textbooks, computerlabs, scholarships, and literacy and training programs to underprivilegedchildren in Guatemala.
The Rotary Club of Baldock decided to support this initiative with a donation of £300 along with 104 other Rotary Clubs around theworld. Due to the way that Rotary grants work the £300 becomes £1,050. The result is that the largest grant ever given by the Rotary Foundation (Rotary’s OwnCharity) of £320,362 has been achieved.
Projects like this bring much needed literacy skills to children that can ultimately mean that they have the opportunity to be employedand develop a way out of potential poverty.
APOPO is an acronymfrom Dutch which stands for Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende ProductOntwikkeling, or in English, Anti-Personnel Landmines Detection ProductDevelopment. https://www.apopo.org/en/
APOPO is an NGO, originally Belgian, whose activities began in Mozambique and Angola.In addition to demining, work has recently extended to tracing TB infections and (wider afield) for tracing illegal drugs. These tasks are carried out using giant African rats (“HeroRATs”),specially trained. Their keen sense of smell is more effective than common artificial sensing devices and (being a readily available local resource) isvery cost-effective
Aquabox provides water filters and emergency supplies around the world, giving the gift of life to families and communities. Baldock Rotary Club sent 3 boxes to provide aid in the Philippines
Since 2012 ShelterBox has been a Rotary Project Partner
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