Overseas Communities

Our present focus is on the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
To donate to the Rotary disaster appeals please see the next page.

Earthquake disaster

We provide help to communities, for example by responding to disaster appeals and by providing long term help by microfinance loans, helping mothers and children or helping with education.

Our focus is always to watch for ways we can help where help is needed. When disaster strikes in remote parts of the world, we often send a Shelterbox, which will help a family to survive in the grimmest conditions. Or we send an Aquabox or an Aquafilter Community water filter equipment to provide clean water to whole communities.

With Rotary clubs throughout the world, we are often able to work directly with a local Rotary club, close at hand and able to assess what aid is needed, so we can ensure that money raised goes directly to those in need. 

We have supported a wide range of projects over the years, from sending shoeboxes to Eastern Europe full of useful household items, to building Sand Dams in Africa. See links to pictures and write ups from some of our projects below.

In Nepal, following the devastating earthquakes, we developed a training programme for stonemasons, so new buildings can resist earthquakes in future. In 2022 we completed a major project to re-equip five schools in Nepal which were rebuilt, providing them with teacher training, electronic equipment and updated classrooms and playgrounds.

Overseas Communities sub-pages:

Baby Gift and Aunt Agnes. A success story

more At the end of our one-year sponsorship Gift is thriving and Agnes has her own business

Introducing baby Gift and Auntie Agnes

more Our club is sponsoring baby Gift and her aunt Agnes during their journey to greater independence via the five-step Marisha Matters programme run by the charity Forever Angels in Mwanza, Tanzania.

Devastated homes

Rotary in action inTurkey

more After the devastating earthquakes that hit Turkey in February 2023, causing 50,000 deaths, Rotarians in the three Rotary districts in the region decided they needed to act, in immediate response and also to provide sustainable support for the future.


Halima sets up in business

more Halima sets up in business now that twins Ariana and Aria are 11 months old.

Gayatri and Pooja

International Evening 2023

more This year our theme country was India

Binod with Rotary Club of Patan-Heritage

Binod visits Rotary Club of Patan-Heritage

more During a visit to Nepal in February Binod Amatya visited our partner club, the Rotary Club of Mount Everest but also paid a visit to the Rotary Club of Patan-Heritage, which presented him with their club's banner.

Help for Turkey and Syria

more Help after earthquake disaster

Happy recipients of Lend with Care loans

Lend with Care

more Since 2013, our club has been selecting and supporting small-scale entrepreneurs in developing countries by contributing to loans to help them to continue and expand their businesses.

This is Halima

Help for Halima

more Our club will be sponsoring her during her journey to greater independence via the five step Marisha Matters programme run by the charity Forever Angels.

Nepal-Schools Project

more "Almost There" We are now nearing the end of our almost $50,00 (£36,000) TEACH project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Mount Everest Lalitpur, helping five schools in Nepal that have been rebuilt since the 2015 earthquakes.

Emergency Power for Baby Home

more With help from the Rotary Club of Mwanza in Tanzania and a grant from Rotary Foundation, we were able to provide a much needed generator for a Baby Home

Trade Aid

more Trade Aid is a charity that provides custom-made boxes to help individuals, families and businesses become self-sufficient.


more Details about Shelterbox Limited

Devastated old settlement in the Sankhu area (North-Eastern end of Kathmandu Valley)

Binod in Nepal June/July 2015

more At end of June 2015, Dr Binod Amatya, a member of our Club flew to Kathmandu. Binod is an experienced civil/structural engineer.

Rotary Today highlights Excellent sand dam project

more This article highlights the advantages obtained by co-operation between clubs when takling a major project.

Our sand dam and water tank project

more (2 pages below this)

Gordon Peel and Les Rushbury from TuT showing ShelterBox contents to pupils of Waldegrave School

ShelterBoxes for Haiti February 2010

more Around £5,000 raised by St Mary's Primary School, Waldegrave School and Club members

Thanks for Life publicity campaign. February 2010

more Shop fronts in Twickenham were borrowed to show what Rotary does and raise the profile of Polio Plus

Excellent Development website


Rotary Foundation


End Polio campaign petition

more A plea from UN Secretary General and an opportunity to put your name to a petition to raise awaremess before major inter-government meeting in mid-September

At Kew Gardens

Madogo School experiences Kew Gardens and Museum of London

more Two teacher and two pupils from Madogo School in Kenya are on an exchange visit to Waldegrave School in Twickenham.

President David meeting champions of development in Africa.

more 1 December 2009

Sunrise Malawi January 2008


Presentation to Mary's Meals

more Fiona Lynch from the Charity Mary's Meals is presented with 20 filled school backpacks and a cheque for £140 when she visited us at the completion of our efforts for the charity last year.

Our Father Christmas in South Africa

more Rotarian Robert Pritt was Father Christmas to the boys and girls in Iris House, a home for children with life-limiting conditions in Capetown

Greetings from RC of Kumasi February 2007


Shelterboxes being taken to mountain areas struck by earthquake in Pakistan

Shelter boxes