Very few of us have heard of Burundi or know where it is, yet Burundi is one of the poorest and most dangerous countries in the world. Simon Guillebaud had a very clear vision when, in 1999 he set up the Great Lakes Outreach Project (GLO) with the aim of transforming Burundi and beyond through a holistic mission, working with local leaders.
Simon is a gifted communicator. As a speaker he loves to encourage and challenge everyday perceptions. He is the author of several books including the renowned, ‘Choose Life’. That is why we were delighted when he agreed to visit our Club. We could not have been more moved and inspired by the story of his personal enlightenment as he quit his 'normal' life and made the transformation of Burundi his personal life ambition.
Funds from our Club help to create change. For the Burundi community this means supporting a project that gives individuals skills, training and knowledge which will ensure they work and benefit their economy and their families. It ensures that developments are sustainable from generation to generation. Underpinning Simon's work is a deep faith in God which sustains him in his mission.
The Rotary Club will be profiling the many 'life changing' stories that this project has created throughout th year. You will be able to read about Beatrice, whose life was transformed when she was supported to undertake training in tailoring from which she was able to make a living. And also Arielle, who was helped to reform her life after the death of her father, prostitution and HIV threatened the stability of her family and her life.
Our contribution as a Club may be small but small steps and every penny donated changes lives.
This year you will be able to follow their stories through this website and other publications.
more Taunton Rotary, working with their sister Club in Lisieux Normandy has funded the cost of four years' secondary schooling (£400 per year per pupil) of two girls in the remote Himalayan province of Ladakh through the charity Himalayan Children.
more International co-operation is rewarded by success as 13 years on a young Zambian scholar works in secondary schools as a fully trained teacher and is now studying for his second degree.
more Malaria kills 600,000 a year: The Rotary Club of Taunton donates money for prevention
more Hands on Rotary. A team of Rotarians from Taunton Rotary Club worked together to create life saving Water Boxes which are sent as Emergency Kits to areas that have experienced a disaster.
more Members of Taunton Rotary Club along with partners, once again hosted their long-time sister Club in Lisieux, re-igniting old friendships and strengthening relationships between our two Clubs.
more Rotary International has played a major part in the eradication of polio
back The Rotary Club of Taunton supports both national and locally initiated international projects and links with Clubs abroad, including France and the USA. Click on 'DETAILS' below and read about our recent visit to Lisieux.....