Archive | December, 2015

Rotaract members are committed to preventing diseases

31 Dec

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Rotaract members are committed to preventing diseases

31 Dec

Service in Action

By Jessie Dunbar-Bickmore, RI Programs staff

Rotaract clubs around the world are dedicated to making their communities healthier. Here are just a few examples of how Rotaract clubs are improving their communities through disease prevention and treatment projects:

The Breakfast Revolution

As a club of doctors and medical students, the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus in India leveraged their core skills with the support from Rotary clubs, partner Rotaract clubs, community organizations, and local governments to address the growing problem of malnutrition, vitamin deficiency, and anemia among children. They provided highly nutritious, affordable, and good tasting meals through a sustainable supplementary food program including regular medical check-ups for beneficiaries. Fundraising, corporate partnerships, and innovative supply chain management has allowed the club to cover 75-85% of the cost, making the program affordable and highly accessible within the community.

Rotaract East Africa Impact Project (REACT 2014)

Diarrheal diseases are spread through contaminated…

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5 amazing projects on Rotary Showcase

30 Dec

Rotary Voices

Rotary members in Tamil Nadu, India, disburse supplies to people affected by flooding. Rotary members in Tamil Nadu, India, hand out supplies to people affected by flooding. Read more below.

New Zealand Rotary members are putting food on the tables of low-income families this holiday season by teaming up with the Salvation Army to collect and distribute fresh produce from local growers.

Starting several years ago, the Rotary Club of Drury, Auckland, New Zealand, annually contacts growers to set up a time in mid-December to collect produce for distribution, and then coordinates with the Salvation Army. The club lines up three large trucks, each with a crew of three Rotary members, to drive to different regions to collect the produce, which the Salvation Army then distributes to families during the holidays.

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Experience the magic of Rotary at Colombia’s first project fair

29 Dec

Service in Action

By PDG Sonia Uribe, District 4271; Chair of the 2016 Colombia Project Fair

Dear friends,

We are very pleased to invite you to Colombia’s first project fair on 5 -7 February 2016. Our event will be hosted in Cartagena de Indias, the most beautiful city in the Caribbean.

Clubs from Districts 4271 and 7281 will be exhibiting service projects seeking international support. Come experience magical Cartagena, learn about our service efforts, and build lifelong friendships within the Rotary family. Event information and registration is available online.


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How your year-end gift to the Foundation does a world of good

24 Dec

Rotary Voices

Students at their desks Students sit at new desks that were provided through a grant organized by the Rotary Clubs of Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, and Kennebunk Portside, Maine, USA

By Rotary Voices staff

There’s still time to make your year-end gift to The Rotary Foundation. Here are a few ways that your support is helping to change lives all over the world:

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Rotary at work – we are “this close” to ending polio

22 Dec

Circa 1200 - Rotary in Somerset, West Dorset & West Wilts

The following article was first published in the “View from Lyme Regis” newspaper, and in 13 sister newspapers around Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Our thanks to the newspaper group, Pulmans and in particular to MD and Editor, Philip Evans, for kindly agreeing to promote this superb Rotary achievement and of course, Rotary itself.

It is perhaps not widely known that Rotary has played a leading role in helping to reduce polio worldwide by 99 percent since its first project to vaccinate 6 million children in the Philippines in 1979. Then, in 1985, Rotary launched an initiative called PolioPlus to free the entire world from polio, by the mass vaccination of children.

IMG_0379Many will remember family and friends stricken with this debilitating disease and the considerable life changes endured by its victims. At its height, polio had paralysed or killed up to half a million people a year before a vaccine…

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How Rotary made Jose’s high school graduation possible

22 Dec

Rotary Voices

Jose with his high school diploma. Jose with his high school diploma.

By Martha Peak Helman

Rotary members often say that the work we do will change the lives of people we will never have the chance to meet. But nothing could be further from the truth in Jose’s case.

My Rotarian husband and I first met Jose when he was a gawky teen enrolled at Safe Passage, a program that makes it possible for children who live on the Guatemala City garbage dump to go to school and improve their lives. Through Rotary Foundation grants and Rotary involvement, Safe Passage has grown in the past decade into an organization that supports more than 500 children each year, in preschool through high school and beyond. 

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My Rotary Youth Exchange year in Canada

19 Dec

Rotary Voices

2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange students. 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange students.

By Gabriela Vessani

I spent a year in Canada as a Rotary Youth Exchange student, and I can’t believe how fast the year went by. On my flight back to Brazil a few months ago, I reflected on the experience, and had so many thoughts.

I remembered arriving with anxiety, and yes, even a little fear. The experience is never entirely what you expect and you can never totally prepare for it. I think that few students go in with a full understanding of how intense and

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Rotarians addressing mental health

17 Dec

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Rotarians addressing mental health

17 Dec

Service in Action

By Rita Aggarwal, Rotary Club of Nagpur, India; Rotarian Action Group for Mental Health Initiatives Board of Directors

Priyanka had been feeling depressed since she was in Grade 9, but did not understand her predicament. Her grades were falling, she was losing interest in friends, getting irritated and sleeping a lot. She was skipping school more often, crying alone and contemplating suicide often. When she failed Grade 9, she was brought in for counseling and recommended treatment for depression. Many children like Priyanka suffer from depression, often undetected until the point of crisis.

Rani was in constant conflict with her husband and wanted to die of shame and humiliation because he often accused her of having illicit affairs with other men. Out of sheer disgust, frustration and a strong urge to end her life, she came in for counseling as a last-ditch effort. She was informed that her husband suffered…

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