International Service

Our partnerships with communities and organisations overseas, providing safe water, promoting maternal and child health, responding to natural disasters and supporting those in conflict zones

People of action in Uganda
People of action in Uganda

Rotary clubs in District 1090 have a strong tradition of supporting Communities overseas

See the Worldwide Map of Projects

Working overseas is incredibly rewarding as it affords unique opportunities to learn about other cultures and develop personal skills. Firm and lasting friendships are formed through sharing skills and helping to make a difference to other people's lives.

Working with other Clubs

Project work

The international nature of Rotary offers great opportunities for partnership working with clubs both in the Thames Valley District and further afield. Sharing skills and expertise greatly enhances the scope of a project, as well as relieving pressure on fundraising. Working with local clubs in the project area is essential to ensure the success and sustainability of any project. It is a mandatory requirement when applying for a Global or District grant

Working in partnership with other charities

There are many small specialist charities who work overseas and have existing partnerships in the countries they work with, such as Alan's Africa, Build on Books, Wye Valley Zambia Project, Microcredit, Excellent Sand Dams. They welcome Rotarian support because it brings networking and vocational skills.

Clubs also support the Rotary 'Box' schemes


Shelterbox provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters, at the time when they need it the most. Read more......

In adition to rapid response from HQ in Cornwall, prepositioned ShelterBoxes are stored in strategic locations across the globe, enabling the quick deployment of aid on a large scale anywhere in the world.


Providing safe drinking water in disaster areas. Practical presentations available now on the updated Aquabox schemes from David Sutherland   Read more....

Every Aquabox now contains 2 Aquafilters  which will remove most water borne bacteria and viruses including cholera from polluted water Which Box? Find one best suited to a particular situation. Download information HERE

Twinning schemes

Clubs can also work with those in different geographical areas via the numerous twinning schemes that Rotary International provide.

For information on International Projects, please contact International Team Leader, David Sutherland, below.

Mainly for Rotarians

The International Service Committee aims to introduce clubs to other clubs working in the same areas. This can be a positive influence in that successful outcomes can be shared and potential pitfalls due to local customs and beliefs can be identified.

The International Committee can help clubs with:

• How to start a community needs analysis

• Identifying and advising on required elements of training, essential to the sustainability of a project.

• Guidance on how to review what is available locally to ensure that the local people know how to use and maintain donated equipment.

• How to ensure that spare parts are sourced locally.

• Providing guidance on measurable outcomes

• Developing stronger Rotary networks of clubs and districts from different countries

• Identifying Rotary clubs in the host countries for the local sponsorship required by Grant projects

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International Service pages:

Shelterbox reaches a major Gaza milestone

more All the emergency shelter aid from the first phase of our response has made it into Gaza.

The Maidenhead Henderson Project

more An International project being set up by Maidenhead Rotary Club with a Foundation Global Grant that needs more funds

Generators going to Hospitals in Ukraine

Generators for Ukraine

more We are delivering large Generators to Hospitals in Ukraine. Please donate here.

Help for Afghan Refugees in our District

more Every Club is encouraged to make contact with their local Council and register to help Afghan refugees who may be housed in their locality.Let me know how Clubs are actually helping so I can share good initiatives for replicating elsewhere. (1 page below this)

ShelterBox Disaster Response

more Clubs throughout District 1090 are keen supporters of Shelterbox and respond in times of need in addition to contributing to this award-winning charity on a regular basis. (9 pages below this)

Marlow and Monrovia Unite to fight Ebola

Ebola Treatment and Prevention

more When the deadly Ebola virus was killing thousands of people in West Africa, Brian Jonson and Marlow Rotary club sprung into action partnering with RC Monrovia in Liberia. Lives were saved and the partnership endures to address the aftermath of the crisis.

animal husbandry education


more Microcredits and animal husbandry education

Creating Better Futures

Creating Better Futures

more Partner organisation for District 1090

Twinning Schemes

more Information on the opportunities for fellowship with Rotarians around the globe.

Preparing the Dam

Sand Dams

more Creating clean water storage in dry lands, using local resources and creating sustainable futures

Vocational Training Team

more This is the District Executive meeting

Goodwill and Growth for Africa

more Working, funding and forging relationships with organisations which aim to alleviate the effects of poverty, disease (HIV/AIDS) and violence on African children and the greater communities that they live in.

Rotary Doctor Bank

more Rotary Doctor Bank is a charity run by Rotarians in South Wales and maintains a register of doctors and nurses who carry out voluntary work abroad.

The Rotary 'Box' Schemes

more The Rotary Box Schemes are an important contribution to practical aid in countries suffering from poverty and disasters. (1 page below this)