By Leonardo de Angelis, Founder and Coordinator of the Multi-Club Workshop
This past September, 47 Rotarians, partners and relatives representing 20 clubs, seven districts and six countries arrived in London for the 11th Multi-Club Workshop. The Multi-Club Workshop annually gathers representatives from various participating Rotary clubs to propose and plan projects they could implement together, while promoting fellowship and an opportunity to experience a new culture together.
The group spent the first two days together visiting local attractions around London. On the third day, while partners and relatives continued to tour the city, 32 Rotarians attended a seminar to discuss projects their clubs are eager to implement. Eleven projects were presented from ten countries: Brazil, Egypt, India, Italy, Lebanon, Philippines, Russia, Serbia, Somaliland and Zambia. The value of these initiatives exceeds US $1 million, which we are now working on raising. As a result of the past ten workshops, we have successfully completed 45 projects, collectively valued at US$2.2 million. We were able to implement all these projects with the support of the 225 clubs from 77 different districts, all past workshop attendees.
A summary of the projects presented during the London seminar is included below:
- Organize a youth symphony orchestra to help reduce the risk of conflict in Beirut, Lebanon.
- Provide modern instruments and training to primary schools in Serbia and Montenegro.
- Provide a new water supply and improve hygiene habits to address food security and help a community grow vegetables in Leyte Province, the Philippines.
- Mentor a group of children living with autism to prepare them to find permanent and payable jobs in Moscow, Russia.
- Equip an intensive care unit at a children’s hospital with medical equipment in Hargeysa, Somaliland.
- Provide a hospital with diagnostic tomography equipment in State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
- Empower women to be family breadwinners in Madurai, India.
- Provide equipment for new born health screenings in Alexandria, Egypt.
- Provide equipment and education in organic food production to an agriculture school in Belgrade, Serbia.
- Establish a pharmacy unit and provide vocational training for a rural hospital in Chikuni, Zambia.
- Create an entrepreneurial training centre at the Agriculture Institute in Ravenna, Italy
For more information on the 11th MCW and the exhibited projects, visit our webpage.
Our workshop concluded with selecting a location for the 2018 event. You’re invited to join us at the 12th Multi-Club Workshop, to be held 5 – 9 September in Matera, a charming town in the South of Italy. Within the next few months, the 12th MCW program will be published on our website.
Thank you to the 2017 Workshop hosts and participants for another successful event. See you next year in Matera, Italy!