THE INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE 2021 - 2022
Members: Mark Pettitt (Chair), David Wallwork, Heather Hallissey, Ray Hopkins.
The committee plans to support actions ranging across as broad a spectrum as funding allows, following the Rotary International breadth of causes, here listed below
Background: see incoming RI President address at the annual Rotary International Assembly on 1st February 2021 here:
The David School – ongoing support: see www.thedavidschool.co.uk
Our Club has loyally supported the David School in Sierra Leone for a number of years now, making regular donations towards the funding of a teacher and occasional donations for other needs. Currently, only 4 Teachers are funded by the Government, amongst a staff of 14 including other Teachers, Classroom Assistants, a Caretaker and a Cook. In addition, Pension Contributions are also payable to all staff. The Government pay for the 300 meals per day, which contributes to the very high attendance enjoyed by the School and pupils.
ShelterBox – see www.shelterbox.org
ShelterBox teams work with disaster-hit families around the world, offering emergency shelter and other essential items to support them in rebuilding their lives, including Tents; Tarpaulins and Ropes; Shelter Kits (these are stripped down version of the ShelterBox); Solar Lights; Blankets; Water Filters and Carriers; Kitchen Sets; Mosquito Nets.
lendwithcare – see https://lendwithcare.org/
(Growing Local Economies)
This is a microfinance initiative aimed to help people work themselves out of poverty through the provision of small business venture loans. We intend continuing re-investing the repaid loans on an ongoing basis. We currently have £1,150 invested, of which £605.32 is available for funding. To date, repayments of £705.32 have been received since inception.
Mary’s Meals – see https://www.marysmeals.org.uk/
(Disaster Response / Supporting Education / Fighting Disease)
Previously, this committee has been very supportive of this initiative, and we wish to renew this support. Mary’s Meals works in 19 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean. The Charity provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day they attend school.
By providing a daily meal in a place of learning, they meet the immediate needs of hungry children and encourage them to go to school to gain an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.
For every pound you give to us, we spend a minimum of 93p on our charitable activities.
Now feeding 1,667,067 children every school day (2019 report)
Sanitation First (formerly Wherever the Need) – see https://sanitationfirst.org/
(Supporting Education / Fighting Disease)
This charity continues to provide both education and simple toilet facilities in India and Sierra Leone, particularly targeting women and girls in remote villages and schools. Whilst it has been some while since we last supported this worthy cause, we feel it is time to do so again.
Days For Girls – proposal of £410.00 – see https://sanitationfirst.org/
(Supporting Education / Fighting Disease / Saving Mothers and Children)
They increase access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating Social Entrepreneurs, mobilizing volunteers and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigma and limitations for women and girls.
· Increase access to menstrual supplies: Cost-effective, safe, sustainable and contextually relevant products help women and girls manage their periods and engage in livelihood activities.
· Shatter stigma through education: Access to timely, factual information about puberty and menstruation can lead to increased body literacy, a healthy public perception of menstruation and decreased stigma and shame.
· Elevate menstrual health: Menstrual health and hygiene are critical factors in improving education opportunities and livelihood outcomes for menstruators worldwide.
· Advocate for global policy change: Lasting change occurs when menstrual health is prioritized and integrated into regional, national and international policy goals.
Their theory of change: By combining innovative menstrual health solutions and education with Social Entrepreneurs and volunteers they advance locally driven policy and advocacy to create long-lasting impact.