Archive | September, 2016

Advocate program builds a culture of peace

17 Sep

Rotary Voices

Jean Best Jean Best addresses participants of a peace conference.

By Jean Best, a Peace Officer in District 1020, with Rotary Peace Fellow Flor Yanez and Rotary Coordinator Keith Best

Who would have thought that sitting in an awareness raising session about Rotary Peace Fellows would have led to the creation of a skills based Peace Advocate Programme and an invitation to affect the lives of young people across the entire country of Mexico?

We received an invitation from Mexico’s national commission for peace after Rotary Peace Fellow Flor Yanez 

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5 Reasons to apply for a Rotary Peace Fellowship

16 Sep

Rotary Voices

Barbara Herthel Rotary Peace Fellow Barbara Herthel

By Barbara Servulo Herthel, a Rotary Peace Fellow from Brazil

As I reached the end of my Professional Certificate Fellowship Program at the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, I found myself dealing with a lot of feelings and thoughts about this experience. I am very thankful for the three months, all the sharing and learning I received from others, the daily routine, the field trips, and more.

To express my gratitude, I decided to come up with 5 reasons to apply for this program, based on my own experience and the lessons I learned.

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Celebrating decades of commitment to education and literacy

12 Sep

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff in collaboration with Susan Hanf, Rotary Heritage Communications Staff Every year, International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide by bringing t…

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Celebrating decades of commitment to education and literacy

12 Sep

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff in collaboration with Susan Hanf, Rotary Heritage Communications Staff

Students in class at Fundaninas school in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Fundaninas, which was founded by Rotarian Isabel de Bosch. Every year, International Literacy Day is celebrated worldwide by bringing together governments, multi-and bi-lateral organizations, NGOs, the private sector, communities, teachers, learners and experts in the field. Today, 8 September, on the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, we join the global community in celebrating decades of progress made towards increasing literacy rates around the world.

We are honoring this year’s theme of Reading the Past, Writing the Future by taking a look back at education and literacy in Rotary throughout the years, and looking ahead to find innovative solutions to current challenges standing in the way of quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Education and literacy throughout Rotary’s history

In March 1930, Ray Lyman Wilbur, the United States Secretary of the Interior, asked Rotary and other service organizations to take an…

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Fighting polio – an emergency response in Nigeria

10 Sep

Rotary Voices

Emergency Operations Center The Emergency Operations Center in Abuja, Nigeria, kicks into action.

By Chris Offer, Rotary Club of Ladner, British Columbia, Canada

In late August 2016, I had the extraordinary opportunity to be in the National Polio Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Abuja, Nigeria. The center was activated to manage the response to two polio cases confirmed in Borno State.

I was in Nigeria as part of a Polio External Review team with the World Health Organization, CDC, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that had been planned  months before. But with the discovery of new polio cases, our focus shifted.

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Polio survivor’s fight to live a normal life

7 Sep

Rotary Voices

Tingle, Beard and Rohling Peggy Tingle with Neal Beard (left) and Keith Rohling, president-elect of the Lawrenceburg Rotary Club.

By Neal Beard, a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA

“I was 18 when I contracted the disease,” Peggy said, as she spoke into a lowered, stationary microphone set up at the front of our meeting room. She spoke from a motorized wheelchair, reading from her notes.

Peggy was the guest speaker at our club meeting recently, and her story underscored for me why we need to remain committed to eradicating this terrible disease of polio. Statistics are one thing, but when you hear someone’s story who has battled the disease, it takes your emotional resolve to a completely different level.

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Take action to support education during Rotary Literacy Month

5 Sep

Service in Action

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

Today, 103 million youth around the world still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women. An estimated 50% out-of-school children of primary school age live in conflict-affected areas. Enrollment in primary education in developing countries has reached 91%, but 57 million children still remain out of school. *

Why are these statistics so important? By supporting education and literacy in communities around the world, we can change these figures and help improve lives. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls on ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning.

Rotarians worldwide are committed to supporting this goal through education-oriented projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. Rotary’s goal is to empower communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education…

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Take action to support education during Rotary Literacy Month

5 Sep

By Azka Asif, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff Today, 103 million youth around the world still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60% of them are women. An estimated 50% out-of-school chi…

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What makes a Peace Fellow?

3 Sep

Rotary Voices

Chris and the Peace Boat Christopher John Lindstrom and English and Spanish trainers aboard the Peace Boat.

By Christopher John Lindstrom, a 2011-13 Rotary Peace Fellow at International Christian University, Japan

As a Rotary Peace Fellow, I was excited to be able to use my experience building bridges of understanding through language all over the world on board the Peace Boat.

Peace Boat is a 33-year-old nongovernmental organization based in Japan that works to promote peace, human rights, equal and sustainable development, and respect for the environment.

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Reflections from earthquake stricken Italy

2 Sep

Rotary Voices

Earthquake damage central Italy Geraniums hang from the railing in front of a house destroyed by the earthquake in central Italy.

By Luca Della Volta, Charter President of Rotary E-Club 2042 Italia and 2016-17 Service Projects Committee Chair. ( Read it in Italian )

I wanted to write about how much love and support Rotary is bringing to the areas of Italy devastated by the recent earthquake. But my words fail me, so I have to first write from the heart about what I have seen.

I feel as if death has entered me. My lungs inhale the dust of the earth. My feet walk amid debris. My hands touch stone that suddenly gave way, smashing hopes and dreams.

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