International Projects

Currently working with HTUK Himalayan Trust UK to improve conditions at Lelep School in Taplejung, a very remote area of Nepal. In Nov 2019 three Pershore Rotarians hiked into the region to visit the school.

Rotary Club of Pershore trek to Lelep School in remote part of Nepal
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Rotary Club of Pershore trek to Lelep School with Pershore Inner Wheel

In November 2019,  three Pershore Rotarians  and two Pershore Inner Wheelers ventured into the remote Taplejung district of Nepal with HTUK - Himalayan Trust UK,  to research ways of helping a school in need. With no road access, the trek uphill to the school takes several hours. We discovered the school had a broken water supply so decided to rebuild a pipeline. 

By March 2020 working with other Rotary Clubs in District 1100 we managed to raise and send £1400 to HTUK so that the pipeline could be built. Currently, we await the end of the virus crisis for the construction to begin.

Thanks to the generosity of Inner Wheel Distriict 10, several other Rotary Clubs and individual donations we are well over half way to collecting funds for the second stage which is to construct a sanitary block at the Girl's Hostel in Lelep School. Plans have been drawn up and funds are steadily coming in.  The students are desperate for clean toilets and washing facilities with running water.  Can you imagine living without water or clean toilet facilities ?

Contact us if you would like to help.

Previous Project just completed in conjunction with Kandy Rotary and Trincomalee Rotary

Pershore Rotary worked with Evesham Rotary, Pershore inner Wheel and both Interact Clubs of Prince Henry's High School and De Montfort to build toilet blocks in 7 schools in the Trincomalee District of Sri Lanka.

Students and staff say thankyou for providing clean facilities in our schools.

School in a slum in Nairobi - all students and staff work and live in the slum and it records excellent exam results. Desai School improvements to clasrooms kitchen and facilities now completed.

Pershore Rotary Club raised £1950 for the improvement work on Desai School. N

We raised enough money for Swindon Old Town Rotary to reach their £9000 target.  Thier application for a global grant from Rotary Foundation was successful so in total the Desai project received £31000. The project is being managed by Mike Welsh Swindon Old Town working closely with a Rotary Club in Nairobi. 

2015-2016 Project - DESAI SCHOOL

This year we are aiming to raise £1400 for The Rotary Desai School Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

14 years ago Mike Welsh (Swindon Old Town Rotary) raised enough money to partner a Rotary Club in Nairobi and build a school in a slum. 

This school only takes children from the slum and gives them some hope for a future. The staff are also recruited from the same slum and are trained to teach to a high standard. The examination results have proved to be excellent. Now they want to improve the accomodation to enable 150 more pupils to attend the school, install a kitchen so students can study without hunger and add safe secure  water and electricity supplies.

Swindon is working closely with a Rotary Club in Nairobi and have applied for a global grant.

Effectively this means each £1 we contribute will eventually provide the project with £3.44

Antiques Evening and Other Sources raise £3500

2014-15 fundraising raised £3500 and this was transferred to  Kandy Rotary Club in January 2015.

Several eye camps were organised by Kandy Club and we are awaiting the final result.

 £4539  transferred to Rotary Club of Kandy

Kandy Club organised three eye camps in different areas of Sri Lanka.

The first in the north east at Mullaittivu screening 500 people, the second in an impoversished area north of Kandy and the third in a suberb of Kandy. In total 1500 were screened by professional Sri Lankan opticians who gave up their time free of charge. Most people received prescription spectacles and a smaller percentage were given cataract operations. 

John and Anne Angood from our club visited 2 of these eye camps with their Kandy Rotarian friends.  Lots of photographs were taken.

John said " It was incredible to witness such an efficient organisation of a large team of volunteers with the result of  a new life of sight  for 1500 people at £3 per person "

International Kandy Eye Camp Vision Project


The ferret racing evening with food and bar in Defford village hall was great fun and a huge success. We made a net profit of 1184.22.


In addition one of our Rotarians donated 500 and we received a District Grant for 730.


Just before the ferret racing John and his wife Anne were walking on the island of La Gomera. They stopped in a small fish restaurant for lunch and chatted to the couple on the next table.


John said Pershore Rotary was organising a ferret racing evening on his return to UK and if the club raised 1000 then Rotary District would give  730 to match.  Helen replied "I'll give you 1000 from my trust fund. A week later at a party John was relating this fascinating story to Cara. She immediately said  "Could you use another 1000 from our charitable fund"  He said yes !!!


So the sum total raised was 4539.  Isn't Rotary amazing!!!


These funds will enable Kandy Rotary Club to run 2 eye camps.   Spectacles will be fitted and cataract operations given to those in need.  The first eye camp has now taken place in Mullaittivu (north east Sri Lanka) on the weekend 22nd March 2014. This was the area of the final stages of the war - so there is a real need for help. 625 people were screened and 596 people are receiving prescription spectacles. 12 will be taken to hospital for cataract operations.


The second eye camp will take place in April/May.  

Committee members:

 John Angood,  (Chairman);  John Barratt, Clive Crouch, David Finch, Chris Meredith; Jo Oxspring

Pershore Rotary Club Trust Fund, Charity number 1022572

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