How we contribute to Rotary's international impact
The International Committee has directly supported charities pursuing the following objects:
Water – the Lalibela Trust develops clean water supplies in the Bugna Woreda region of Ethiopia
Health and hunger relief – the UK Friends of Shepherd's Hospice funds palliative care services in Sierra Leone
Literacy and education – further funds have been provided to the Lalibela Trust for its school building projects
The committee has also channelled funds through Rotary District 1145 and other member clubs in Surrey, and East and West Sussex, namely:
Rotary District 1145 – the Sand Dam project provides clean water supplies in arid areas
Rotary Club of Guildford District – support for the school projects of local Rotary clubs in Tanzania
Rotary Club of Rushmoor – the Freewheeling project provides ex NHS mobility aids to the disabled in Southern Africa
Brighton & Hove Soiree Rotary Club – funding a new school for disadvantaged children in Tanzania
The committee is also supporting the Rotary Club of Zagreb in its application for a Rotary Foundation grant towards the first children's endoscopy unit in Croatia.
Disaster relief requires a quick response. To this end the committee helps fund the stock of emergency shelters maintained by ShelterBox. It has also contributed recently to the UNICEF Yemen Appeal.
Donating through local Rotary clubs, such as in Tanzania, provides assurance that money is applied efficiently. Similar oversight is offered by Lendwithcare, which allows the committee to monitor the payment, repayment and recycling of microfinance loans in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Cambodia and Ecuador. Other economic development aid has been provided through Balloon Ventures, which promotes the enterprise skills of micro businesses in Kenya, Uganda, Ghana and the Philippines.
The committee also channels funds through the Youth Services committee for its grants towards local New Malden students' travel for voluntary service overseas.