Karuna Action, Uganda - Katy's Kampala School Project
International Committee Successes
Every year approximately 20% of the Club’s donations go to international charities. The aim is to provide support, especially financial support, in cities, countries or regions of the world where education or health standards are poor, or where natural or economic disasters have created serious difficulties for the local population.
Karuna Action, Uganda
One such example is Karuna Action, a charity based in the UK but which works to improve education & reduce the impact of poverty in 19 countries around the world. One of its projects in Uganda is the Child Promotion School near Kampala. It started in 2007 with 25 students but now has over 400 students and 44 staff members. Farnborough Rotary’s current President, Katy Harris, has been closely involved with the school’s development over many recent years. In the last 2 years, the Club has raised several thousands of pounds for the school, and has been able to double the money it has raised through Rotary’s own charity, called Foundation.
Kids for Kids, Sudan
In 2020 we devoted some of our fund raising to support the Kids for Kids charity. This organisation provides help to villages in the Sudan in the form of goats. The project is self sustaining in that the goats are loaned (five nanny and one lucky Billy goat!) for two years, after this time five healthy offspring are passed on to another family in the village.
Over the past few years we have set up a number of street collections for a range of major crises, these include: the tsunami in Indonesia, the cyclone in sub-Saharan Africa, the floods in India and the explosion in the docks in Beirut. In each of these cases we aim to respond quickly, with the funds raised being passed, in most cases, to Shelter Box who tend to be one of the first charities in-country to provide much needed tents and equipment to those in need.
Our Annual Focus
In addition to these emergency fundraisers we also focus on a single international project each year. In the past we have supported Mercy Ships, Médecins Sans Frontiers’ and Mary’s Meals. To raise funds for these charities we have arranged a variety of events including supper evenings.
End Polio Now
End Polio Now is a campaign sponsored by Rotary International to strive for a polio free world. Spring each year sees a beautiful purple carpet of crocuses blooming in many communities across Great Britain and Ireland, and this is thanks to the Purple Crocus Corm planting undertaken by Rotary Clubs around the country – this year the Farnborough Club planted corms in the flower boxes at North Camp station (see President Katy in the photo below). Why Purple? When a child receives their life-saving polio drops on mass polio immunisation days, their little finger is painted with a purple dye so it is clear they have received their polio vaccine.