Archive | April, 2016

Improving maternal and child health in Uganda

20 Apr

By Past District Governor Ronald Smith, member of the Blue Bell Rotary Club, District 7430 (USA) I began planning a vocational training team with my son Ryan in 2006, who at the time was a medical …

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Making a sustainable splash at the Rotary International Convention

19 Apr

Service in Action

By the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag)

As we quickly approach the Rotary International Convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) is reflecting on the past seven years hosting our annual World Water Summit preceding the convention.

The yearly event has helped us explore important themes within Rotary’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) area of focus, forge service partnerships, exchange challenges and project success stories, build lifelong friendships, and recommit our efforts to addressing one of the world’s most pressing concerns: universal reliable access to clean water and sanitation.

If you’ll be in Seoul, Korea, for the 2016 RI Convention, join us on Friday, 27 May, for the 8th annual World Water Summit where we’ll explore the theme Sustainable Strategies; Sustainable Solutions within the WASH sector.  Register today to secure your spot and take advantage of early bird registration fees. Like Wasrag on Facebook for the…

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Making a sustainable splash at the Rotary International Convention

19 Apr

By the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) As we quickly approach the Rotary International Convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) is reflecting on the…

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Seaside sessions on leadership and peace in Sri Lanka

17 Apr

Rotary Voices

The team of Leadership Retreat Peace Fellows The team of Leadership Retreat Peace Fellows

By Lucas Wolf (and the team of Leadership Retreat Peace Fellows)

On the southern coast of Sri Lanka, there is a special place just north of Galle where the waves crash over the rocks after their long journey across the Indian Ocean.

The rains arrive in the early evening to inundate the verdant, tropical lands. This was the setting for the second Rotary Peace Fellow Leadership Retreat from 7-9 March, attended by 10 former Rotary Peace Fellows and one gifted facilitator from Northern Ireland, Susan McEwen. We arrived from all corners of the globe, including Juba, Mindanao, Nicaragua, Somaliland, Kurdistan, London, Ottawa, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka itself.

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A bridge over peaceful waters

14 Apr

Rotary Voices

160412_WelchBy Christina Welch, Rotary Scholar to UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education

As I pedaled my newly acquired bicycle through the streets of Delft, in the Netherlands, I realized I was smiling to myself. Navigating through the cobblestone streets and over the canals felt nothing like home, yet I was so grateful to be here.

This bicycle is on loan from Paul Gompen, a fellow Rotary member. I didn’t realize being a beneficiary of the global grant meant so much more than simply a scholarship. It became immediately clear upon my arrival that I am

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How I learned to stop worrying and love social media

13 Apr

Rotary Voices

160408_lovesocialBy Evan Burrell

Did you know Baby Boomers are the fastest growing demographic on Facebook?

This doesn’t surprise me at all! I think there’s this myth that anyone over 50 is technically inept, but I’m not buying it. Perhaps some “seniors” might not be as technically savvy as the younger generation. But I don’t think all of them are clueless when it comes to new technology or social media.

Facebook and other social networks have enabled Boomers to get in touch with long-lost friends and relatives, as well as see pictures of their grandchildren. If they can use social media for a few family happy snaps, it’s not that far a stretch to get your older members over their initial fear or discomfort with social media, and to start thinking about using the tools in an even more beneficial way for your club.

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Building my kizuna with Rotary and Japan

12 Apr

Rotary Voices

Flanigan and ICU students Mark Flanigan (back row third from right) with Ambassador Motohide Yoshikawa during a program for ICU students in New York City in July.

By Mark Flanigan, Program Director, Japan ICU Foundation, and a 2010-12 Rotary Peace Fellow at ICU, Tokyo

When I arrived at International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo as a new Rotary Peace Fellow in the summer of 2010, I had no idea it would be the beginning of an ongoing relationship with both the University and Rotary.

I had lived in Japan before through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and as a U.S. Army veteran, and was happy to return almost a decade later, thanks to Rotary.

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Rotary’s commitment to saving mothers and babies

6 Apr

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff Everyone everywhere has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. However, gender-based discrimination often undercuts this rig…

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Rotary’s commitment to saving mothers and babies

6 Apr

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff

Everyone everywhere has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health. However, gender-based discrimination often undercuts this right. It causes women to be more susceptible to sickness and less likely to obtain care, for reasons ranging from affordability to social conventions keeping them at home. *

Through projects focused in maternal and child health, Rotary members are committed to reaching United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.

A mother and her daughter hang out outside the classrooms at Rancho Alegre schools in California, USA.Each year, at least seven million children under the age of five die from diseases, malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, Rotary members provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Nearly 80% of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to…

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Collaborate with Rotary partners to further your Water and Sanitation projects

2 Apr

By Chandra Palmer, Rotary International Area of Focus Coordinator Throughout the developing world, access to clean water and sanitation is far from common. Rotarians work with cooperating organizat…

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