Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
Rotary's six areas of focus are
- Promoting peace
- Fighting disease
- Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Saving mothers and children
- Supporting education
- Growing local economies
The Limerick Thomond Rotary Club has recently focused on three areas – a water project in Kenya, sending bikes to Africa and providing microfinance loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries.
More than one billion people across the globe do not have access to safe clean drinking water - millions of them in Africa.
The absence of water has far reaching effects - on health and well-being, on the time and energy that must be spent on gathering and transporting water, and on the ability of rural poor households to irrigate their crops, and provide water to their livestock.
Our Club has contributed to a programme to improve access to water for thousands of households in Keringet, a drought affected area in the far north of Kenya’s Rift Valley Province. Click here for more details.
Rotary Clubs across Ireland collect old bikes and ship them to Africa to help secondary school students to get to school. Transport is particularly difficult in many rural parts of Africa, posing one of the biggest problems for children who don't live near a school in gaining access to education. The bikes are refurbished by prisoners at Loughan House in Cavan, who are accredited in bicycle repair, before they are sent off to Africa.
Our Club delivered 20 bikes to the prison last year.
Microfinance plays an important role in improving the lives of poor people in developing countires. Together with LendwithCare, our Club is providing small loans to poor and low-income people in developing countries to finance income-generating activities, build assets, stabilise consumption and protect against risks.
Click here to see the some of the entrepreneurs funded by our Club.