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Past project: Learn From the Experts

A 3-Part Webinar Series - Helping Ireland get back on its feet Post-COVID19

With the impact of Covid-19, Rotary Ireland is conscious of supporting individuals and businesses across the country. In particular we want to assist, in some way, in re-energising the leaders of small and medium sized businesses and those that were unfortunate enough to have lost their jobs. This 3 Part Webinar Series is aimed at those changing career, as well as business owners and leaders looking to hear how to best reset and grow their business post Covid-19.

We are working with two leading expert organisations in these fields on the Island of Ireland:
1. Brightwater Recruitment. Winners of Best Large Recruitment Agency in Ireland 2019
2. Mentors, Ireland's foremost professional mentoring company for business leaders.

Past project: Water project : Sanddam in Kenya 

Where: Kiptulwa, Kenya. This school is in Keringet, near Nakuru, northwest of Nairobi. The area has some good development work going on, but there are many people living from hand to mouth. Despite the fact that there is some unrest currently in Kenya, the children of Kenya still need our help. We do not give our hard earned funds to Governments, but rather we give them to people on the ground that can solve problems effectively.


Who: Rotary & Gorta joint project. Rotary International is encouraging Districts to get involved in partnerships. This will further guarantee Rotary that we have greater expertise on the ground, with great effectiveness, sustainability, good governance, pre and post project surveys that ensure our funds are being properly allocated and deployed.


To that end, we have chosen Gorta as our partner. Gorta are the longest running overseas development agency in Ireland, creating sustainable livelihoods in the developing world. Gorta’s mission is to work for a world free from the injustices of chronic hunger, poverty and disease, having special regard for the plight of children and the empowerment of women.


What: International Water project. The Keringet area is poor and underdeveloped; most of its population is involved in subsistence farming, has a low income and are food insecure.  About sixty-five percent of the population is unemployed.  However, the area has great potential. 


Clean water is a huge challenge. Rotary has decided to help Gorta with the clean water element of their bigger project in Keringet. Together, we are working with 3,371families (15,389 people) helping them to improve their food/nutrition, economic, health and education status, but specifically (for Rotary) with their clean water challenges.


Gorta have a 5 year area development plan, with3 years to run, spending several million euros. They have completed all the pre survey work to ascertain the challenges and the solutions.  They have committees and staff in place to guarantee good governance and a successful outcome of this project.


Gorta have already started the work on providing clean water to some of the families in Keringet and Rotary will finish this work. Our funds will be spent on a combination of guttering in houses for rain water retrieval, corrugated roofs so that rain water can be retrieved, protection of existing water springs, training for the local community and water tanks for the collection of the rain water.


Why: Water is the key to life. Everything starts with water. Water for washing, cleaning, cooking and drinking. Several million people go blind each year for the want of washing their faces with clean water and over 50% of all diseases in Africa are as a result of dirty water. So the need is great.

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Past project: Irish Children's Arthritis Network

The Irish Children's Arthritis Network (ICAN) are working to build a new dedicated JIA Unit at Crumlin Children's Hospital in the hopes of reducing waiting times and improving treatment.


What is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis?

Juvenile means arthritis began before you were 16 years old. Idiopathic means that the cause is not known. Arthritis means one or more of your joints is hot to touch and inflamed.


Parenting a child with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis can be a rollercoaster. iCAN has a very active support network of parents – indeed iCAN was started by parents looking to support each other through the ups and downs of JIA

Past project: Daisy Lodge - The Cancer Fund For Children

The Cancer Fund for Children runs Daisy Lodge, a purpose built, therapeutic short break centre for families in Ireland nursing a child with cancer. There is currently no playground for the children to enjoy. As the charity does not receive Government funding, Rotary Ireland was delighted to support ‘The Daisy Project’ by pledging to raise the money to help install the play equipment and safety surface for the vital therapeutic play area at Daisy Lodge.

Past project: Sightsavers 

The Rotary Club of Dublin Central have decided to work with the fantastic organisation Sightsavers after shocking statistics emerged which said that within two years of becoming blind, 50 per cent of children in developing countries will die.


This year we restored the eyesight of 35 people, one for every member of our Rotary club. Unfortunately there are 39 million people blind in the world, and 246 million visually impaired. Eighty per cent of the time this is avoidable. Ninety per cent of blind people live in developing countries and two thirds of all blind people are women.

Past project: Bhaktapur Rotary, Nepal, House Building Program


On Saturday 25th of April, the people of Nepal experienced a massive earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale and the countryside of Nepal swayed treacherously as the earth trembled violently and many fell, burying with them the men, women and children inside. In a country, plagued with poverty, lack of infrastructure and services – there was nobody to call. Panic ensued as every able body dug desperately through the debris with their bare hands, hoping against hope that their buried loved ones were still alive.

In Bhaktapur, the city of devotees, ten miles east of Kathmandu the scene was chaotic. With international rescue efforts still firmly focused on Kathmandu, the people of Bhaktapur were still left largely unsupported and digging for their loved ones when the second earthquake struck just over two weeks later on the 12th of May, measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale. That’s where the Rotary Club of Bhaktapur stepped in.

Over 13,000 homes in Bhaktapur have been destroyed and the sizeable death toll unconfirmed. In the immediate haze of the crisis, the Rotary Club of Bhaktapur and its local members sprang into action to help the local people of Bhaktapur. Initially the Rotary Club established an emergency health camp in Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The health camp was staffed with five doctors and treated 266 earthquake victims. Most of the injuries involved broken bones, the administration of saline solution to the weak and free medicine was prescribed and distributed. As the emergency health camp program wound down, Rotarian attentions turned to the vast number of homeless in the city, accentuated in criticality by the fast approaching monsoon season and its unforgiving promise.

The Bhaktapur Rotary Club immediately established an emergency rehousing program, which these proud Rotarians continue to work tirelessly on today and will do well into the future until they achieve their vision; to establish homes for more than 500 families who find themselves homeless owing to the devastating earthquake.


Many houses have been successfully funded and built, mainly through Rotary Club support including donations from the Rotary Club of Dublin Fingal, Dublin Central and Limavady as well as other clubs around the country.         

Each home is twelve feet by nine feet but the average size of family being housed today in each is eight. The cost per house is RPS 55,000; the equivalent of €500. With the completion of these 10 houses and phase one, the Rotary Club now wish to progress to the second phase of this rehousing program. The second phase endeavours to house approximately 160 additional earthquake victims. In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Rotary Club of Kathmandu has offered to match donations for up to 25 shelters in Bhaktapur. On this basis, if the Bhaktapur Rotary Club raise sufficient funds for 25 shelters, the Kathmandu Rotary Club will fund an additional 25, resulting in 50 houses.

Past project: Rotary Ireland: Be a gift to Crumlin 

A project started by the Rotary Club of Monaghan and adopted by Rotary Clubs of Ireland including Dublin Central to renovate a Parents Accommodation Unit in the Our Lady's Children's Hospital. OLCHC is the largest paediatric hospital on the island of Ireland and provides services for children from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The project funded the renovation of 48 bedrooms that are available for parents of sick children. The Arctic Challenge was a 2500km adventure to the Arctic Circle on vintage 50cc mopeds, the challenge funded replacement doors for the 48 bedrooms as part of the overall Rotary effort that funded the refurbishment. 

The project delivered €75k of direct funding in addition to the thousands of hours of voluntary service provided by Rotarians and friends of Rotary.

A short video giving the background story and showing the Unit before it was renovated by Rotarians.

A video made during the refurbishment showing the door replacement project.

Past project: Rotary  Jaipur Limb project 


The Rotary Jaipur Limb project was established in 1984 by the late Peter Betteridge from the Rotary Club of Godalming, RI District 1250, and his wife Jessamine, following a vist to the remarkable limb making workshops of Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti (BMVSS) at the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur, India . They saw that no disabled person was ever turned away, coming as they did to the centre by any method of transport and often from great distances in India, and how all were treated free of charge. They also observed the huge support given to the centre by Jaipur Rotarians and members of Inner Wheel.


In 1988 support for the project extended beyond District 1250 and it was included in the RIBI International Projects Library for the first time. In 1990, Rotarians from Kingston-on Thames, D1130, financed the first permanent Rotary Jaipur Limb centre in Khammam.


In 1990 the concept of free limbs went international with the establishment of the first permanent Jaipur Limb Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, sponsored by D3140 and the Rotary Club of Bournemouth. In 1993 D1070 Governor Barry Hodgkinson went to Honduras to see the first Rotary Jaipur Limb centre established in Central America, and during the early 1990s limb camps were held in several African countries, as well as in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal.


The last few years have seen a remarkable shift in project support to both East and West Africa, whilst Indian Rotary clubs and the BMVSS centres at Jaipur and New Delhi have not been neglected.


The terrible earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 inspired Rotarians in RIBI to offer assistance to Caribbean Rotarians to establish a limb centre in that devastated country and to train new technicians to deal with the many who had lost a limb as a result of their injuries. This resulted in the RIBI setting up a fund to support what turned out to be the largest project ever undertaken by RJLP, eventually costing over US$500,000.

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‘Light of Maasai’ charity brings water and schools for the people of Rombo, Kenya ……..with a little help from Rotary:


On three blissful Saturdays, the amazing Celtic Choristers & Rotary brought visitors of Stephens Green shopping centre in Christmas mood. Funds went to St. Vincent de Paul, First Light and Merchants Quay. Big thanks to Stephens Green shopping centre.


where we made a difference to the better

May 2022: Works have started removing 80 tons of dirt and putting in 220 meter edging and 80 tons of gravel

LINN DARA Approved Centre provides acute, emergency and specialist inpatient child and adolescent mental health services on a tertiary basis. NEWS! Rotary will plant spring 2023 the fruit orchard for children & staff to enjoy.


- Celtic choristers choir at St. Stephens Green - Malahide Golf club charity golf tournament.


Join the global movement of young leaders who are developing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotaract clubs bring together people ages 18 and older.


Children thrive when the understand and are nurtured by nature. To allow this our club supports the award-winning school building a nurture garden.


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