The District 1080 International Service Committee

Helping and strengthening International Service within the clubs

A quick guide to the International priorities for individual clubs.

Foundation First

Club donations to The Rotary Foundation should be the first priority for all clubs since they will ensure that funds are available for the all-important matched funding, which make International projects go so much further.

International Projects

- should then be the priority of each club's International Service committee.  The RI Presidential emphases are, as in previous years, Water- Health & Hunger - Literacy.  Ideally each club should do something to address all 3 of these important issues.  Sources of inspiration are:

  • Member's own overseas contacts.

  • The District 1080 International Projects list which is regularly updated and shows what other nearby clubs may be doing.  Most clubs would welcome a partnership arrangement.  The list is available from the District Chair.

  • RIBI Opportunities to Serve, which contains details of over 30 overseas aid projects that meet the RIBI criteria.  Available on the member's restricted area at www.ribi.org   - select "For Members" then "Committes" then "International Service".

Water

The provision of clean and accessible water is always high on the Rotary agenda because it is an essential prerequisite for good health and successful education.  Sanitation education is invariably an essential component of any water project.  One District run water project is 1080 in Zambia (see separate page).

Health and Hunger

Top Rotary health priority is Polio Eradication.  This is by far the largest ever and best known Rotary programme.  Therefore a successful completion is essential for the credibility of Rotary as well as for the future of mankind.  Clubs can assist by:

  • Making donations of at least $1,000 per club per annum to match the Bill and Melinda Gates challenge.

  • Sending volunteers for a National Immunisation Day in one of the countries where polio is still endemic.

  • Fundraising or organising an event around National Rotary Day 23 February 2010

Examples of local club projects that address Health & Hunger are The North Norfolk RC support for St Dominics children's hospital in Ghana and Chateris RC support for Nora's Educare.  In both cases the provision of daily meals is now an essential element of the health care provided.

Literacy

Education is the third element that is necessary to sustain a life above the poverty threshold.  Many of the 1080 club projects address the needs for literacy in developing countries including the Hunstanton RC that has helped to fund a library in the Sri Lanka orphanage that they support and the Lowestoft RC in their support of the Pomerie orphanage in Bulgaria.  Many clubs have also joined together to send a consignment of the highly acclaimed Usborne Children's Illustrated dictionary to schools in Zambia.

Disaster Relief

There are a number of Rotary inspired projects aimed specifically at providing quick and timely relief in times of emergency around the world.  Here are some examples:

  • Aquabox Gold