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International activity involves many projects in many countries. Much of it revolves around developing peace.
Peace - what is it?
Water and sanitation
Water for Life for £10
Excellent Development, a Brentford based charity are the pioneers of sand dams to harvest water. It costs £10 per person to provide water for life by collecting rainwater during the rainy season under sand which filters it clean and protects it from pollution. Once filled dams have provided water through multiple years of drought.
Feltham, Kew Gardens, Twickenham upon Thames and Gartstang and Over Wyre Rotary Clubs financed the building of a dam and school water tank in the drylands of Kenya three years ago. Since then Rotary clubs in Yorkshire and Essex have financed two more and in Gloucester plan a further one this year.
Four others are planned to be financed by the clubs in District 1140 and their friends:
Aldershot, Hart and Rushmoor
Croydon East, Croydon South, Coulsdon Manor, Fleet, Ewell and Brighton
Farnborough, Woking District and Sutton Nonsuch
Kew Gardens, Feltham, Twickenham Upon Thames with Garstang and Over Wyre
Poverty and hunger
KIDS FOR KIDS
Kids for Kids helps children and families in Darfur, Sudan which the world has forgotten.
They live lives of inexcusable and unimaginable hardship, going to bed hungry and wake up hungry. Kids for Kids is the only organisation created to help the children of Darfur, living out of sight of the world in the remote villages.
Children live in conditions beyond poverty. Small children walk miles across the desert for every drop of water - that is heavily polluted and leads to life threatening illnesses. Noone is helping. The main aid agencies are no longer there. Foreigners do not go because it is dangerous, and no one is asking for help.
Annual incomes are as low as £50 a year. Children have never seen a toy, have no books, no bed, not even a blanket. They have little chance of education. Everything has to be paid for. There is no health care in the villages. There are no roads, no transport - you carry your child in your arms to a hospital, where there is no anaesthetic and where you have to pay for treatment - but you have no money.
There are almost 4 million people struggling to survive in the villages of Darfur – out of sight of the world.Key to the work of Kids for Kids is a Goat Loan Project - they lend 6 goats to a family so that the children have milk, often for the first time in their lives. After 2 years they pass on 6 offspring to another family. And so on
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Mary's Meals feeds a child at school every day for a year for £10.
Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.
They provide one daily meal in a place of education to attract chronically poor children into a classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
Mary’s Meals began by feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today they feed over 600,000 hungry children every day in 16 countries around the world. Wherever Mary’s Meals is provided, there is a rise in rates of enrolment, attendance and attainment.
With more than 300 million hungry children in the world, the work of Mary’s Meals is just beginning.
MARY'S MEALS BACKPACK PROJECT
The Backpack Project appeals to schools, clubs, businesses, churches and individuals to fill backpacks with basic educational materials to send to children receiving Mary’s Meals. Most of the children who benefit from Mary’s Meals and the Backpack Project have suffered war, poverty, famine, or natural disaster. Very often families cannot afford to buy basic things like pencils and copy books, or even suitable clothes for their children to wear to school. And so their children miss out on school and an education. A simple backpack with educational materials can be a lifeline to these children as studies show that an education is the best way a chronically poor child can escape poverty in later life.
THE NOMNTU PROJECT
Relieving poverty in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with Nomntu
Nomntu provides educational, social and practical support to those suffering from poverty, abuse, HIV and Aids in the small Eastern Cape communities of South Africa
ROTARY SHOE BOXES
The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares.
Disease prevention and treatment
ROTARY POLIO ERADICATION
Konnie Huq on Indian National Polio Immunisation Day
ROTARY GUILDFORD EYE PROJECT
Restore sight for £5 - Guildford Eye Project
A simple operation to remove cararacts restores sight for a £5 donation - a matching grant from the District and Rotary Charity (Foundation) funds the full cost of £15 - Guildford Eye Project
Economic and community development
MICROLOANS FROM 'LENDWITHCARE' AND THE COOPERATIVE
Transform a life with a Microloan
Help entrepreneurs emerge from poverty with Lend with Care who operate a Microfinance scheme through the Cooperative who cover all costs.
Lend with Care operate a micro-finance scheme where those in poverty have the opportunity to become local entrepreneurs and emerge from poverty. The scheme is backed by the Cooperative who cover all costs.
Countries covered include Benin, Bosnia, Cambodia, Ecuador, Philippines and Togo.
You choose who to loan to and when it is repaid can again choose to reuse the money to make another loan.
Reduce poverty with Computer Aid
Computer Aid International aims to reduce poverty through practical IT solutions.
They provide high quality, professionally refurbished computers and laptops for reuse in education, health, agriculture and not-for-profit organisations in developing countries.
You can donate computers - t t-they data-wipe, test and professionally refurbish donated computers, monitors and laptops from UK organisations and individuals.
You can sponsor numerous initiatives designed to further increase access to IT among poor and disadvantaged communities including the provision of e-training programmes for nurses and low cost software for partially sighted individuals.
Most recently, Computer Aid has launched the ZubaBox, a solar powered IT hub, which will enable access to solar powered ICT anywhere in the world.
FindFind out more
Bringing wifi to the wilderness of Zambia - BBC Click pay a visit to a Computer Aid ZubaBox in Zambia
The ZubaBox has been designed to help rural communities access the IT and internet, which can have a huge impact on poverty reduction. For example, access to local weather forecasts allows farmers to adjust the planting and harvesting times of their crops, increasing agricultural productivity and food security. Additionally, learning IT skills at school means children will be able to gain better paid employment in the future.
ROTARY TRADE AID BOXES
Help a community recreate itself after disaster - Trade Aid Boxes
Helping individuals, families, and business to become self-sufficient with the aid of custom-made Trade Aid Boxes.
Each box contains specially selected supplies needed to provide people with a head start in recovering from a disaster, or other adversity, or to start working for themselves for the first time.
Current boxes are tailored individually to the following trades:
* Tailor Seamstress
A Trade Aid Box can be assembled to serve the needs of virtually any vital community role.
It costs £399 to completely fill a box and send it to the required country. A small donation will help fill a box.
Basic education and literacy
MUSIC THERAPY TRUST IN NEPAL AND INDIA
Give street children a chance - Music Therapy Trust
The Music Therapy Trust provides music therapy in New Delhi, Gujarat, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, Kolkata, and to Nepal, helping thousands of children and adults who are disadvantaged, or physically or mentally challenged.
|Click on link to see video||Help the street children of India and Nepal get a break in life|
LITERACY IN A BOX
Typical contents are:-
1 pack of 25 Exercise Books ( Green )
1 pack of 25 Exercise Books ( Blue )
1 pack of 25 Exercise Books ( Red )
1 pack of 25 Exercise Books ( Yellow )
1 box of 50 Blue Pens
7 packs of 12 Pencil plus Eraser
25 packs of 12 assorted Coloured Pencils
1 pack of Pencil sharpeners
1 pack of erasers
25 Pencil cases
2 boxes of 100 White Chalk
1 box of 100 Coloured Chalk
2 Slate Boards
2 Leather Footballs
2 Plastic Footballs
2 Skipping ropes
1 pump with extra needles
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AVAILABLE EMERGENCY BOXES:-
AQUABOX AND AQUAFILTER
Aquabox Is a robust plastic tank with water purification tablets and packed with essential welfare items for a disaster situation. Once the welfare contents have been removed, each AQUABOX can be used to purify up to 1100 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink.
1100 litres is equal to 5,000 cups - that is enough for a family of four people (drinking 10 cups per day) for about four months.
AQUABOX is an official project of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland
Aquafilter is an exciting development which can produce potable water for the medium term in disaster areas and can be used in conjunction with Aquabox.
More information can be obtained from John or Gill Griffith tel 0191 5363851 or email@example.com.
DISASTER AID - LIFE BOX
The LifeBox is filled with 72 items of tools, clothes, blankets, babycare/hygeine items, toys and classroom materials and is available for both hot and cold climates with the contents lists specifically tailored by the Red Cross, each box providing vital aid for adults and children. Most importantly in each box we place six LifeStraws, kindly donated by FiltaStraw. Held in their warehouse, boxes filled with these essential provisions are stored ready for instant despatch whenever required and provide immediate relief for the victims, but to maintain this level of response your help is needed.
Each box costs £250. Visit www.life-box.org.uk for more details.
The ShelterBox Trust is a registered UK charity that provides emergency aid for victims of natural and other disasters anywhere in the world. Since operations began in January 2001, it has helped over 600,000 people and worked in more than 45 countries - responding to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, wars, volcanoes etc.
Each box contains a tent and other equipment for 10 people and costs £590: this includes all materials, packing, storage, transport and distribution to individual recipients worldwide.
ShelterBox www.shelterbox.org/index.php was set up by Rotary and all aid is distributed from their base in Cornwall. The charity is supported by international affiliates set up by Rotary clubs in various other countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand and the USA.
For details of recent deployments and other events, please visit their latest news pages www.shelterbox.org/news.php
WATER SURVIVAL BOX
|The Water Survival Box is a Rotary humanitarian aid project. The most urgent single problem facing the relief agencies is the provision of a supply of safe drinking-water. During and in the aftermath of many natural disasters, water-borne diseases from contaminated sources threaten to kill even more victims than the initial disaster. As well as having a bad odour and taste, contaminated water can contain micro organisms that cause diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid and hepatitis.|
The Water Survival Box contains a water-purification kit and essential items for survivors of disaster who have lost home and household belongings. Chlorine tablets (with gauze and carbon filters) provide potable water for a family of 4 for up to four months - based on 2 litres per person per day. To be effective, Water Survival Boxess are sent by air so as to arrive within days of the request for aid. Standardised content of new durable items ensures speedy transit through customs.
Worldwaterworks Limited works in partnership with Rotary Clubs, Red Cross, and other key aid agencies in countries worldwide.
The cost of a box is £150. Further information at www.worldwaterworks.org
LifeStraw Personal is a portable water purifier for prevention of common diarrhoeal disease. It can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean drinking water. It is just 25 cm long and 29 mm in diameter and can be hung around the neck. LifeStraw requires no electrical power or spare parts.
LifeStraw Family is a point-of-use instant microbiological purifier that allows people to create their own homemade drinking water. It gives them access to safe and clean drinking water, by allowing them to have a stable and reliable source of water for home consumption. This will filter up to 18,000 litres of water enough to supply a family of five with safe drinking water for three years
- Restore sight - Guildford Eye Project
- Water for life - Excellent Development
- Feed a child for a year - Mary's Meals
- Changing childrens lives one by one
- Club Annual Return Forms
- Disaster Relief
- Relieving poverty in the Eastern Cape of South Africa with Nomntu
- Konnie Huq on Indian National Polio Immunisation Day
- Reduce poverty with Computer Aid
- Transform a life with a Microloan
- Help a community recreate itself after disaster - Trade Aid Boxes
- Help families rebuild their war-torn lives - Kids for Kids in Darfur
- Give street children a chance - Music Therapy Trust
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- Newsletter, Winter 2012.
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