District 9210 Projects Fair – A first for Rotary in southern Africa

By District Governor Victor Mensah, District 9210

Getting involved in international service can often be a challenge, especially during a pandemic when international travel and general networking is limited. Project fairs are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends while meeting potential project partners and finding projects to support. Unlike other parts of Africa, southern Africa has never held a project fair. So, district 9210 (Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Northern Mozambique) decided to take the lead.

From 28-30 October 2021, the District 9210 Project Fair will bring together clubs from across southern Africa. The live projects showcase will be organized around our areas of focus. Our event also aims to attract Rotarian businesses to showcase their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and attract other development partners wanting to work with or already working with Rotary clubs. As part of the fair, we will have training workshops on designing and managing projects, grants management, and community engagement.

Our event will be a fully virtual experience with a twist. Some participants traveling to Samfya, Zambia and its pristine beaches on Lake Bangweulu will be able to participate in activities in the community. From a practical session using the community needs assessment tools, to a polio walkathon, to a beach party, Rotarians and Rotaractors will be able to reconnect with friends that they have not seen in a while due to the pandemic. Their energies will be rekindled to enable them to Serve to Change Lives.

I hope you’ll join us virtually in Samfya! Registration is free to international visitors. Read more on https://rotarydistrict9210.org/samfya2021. Contact Rotarian Lee-Ann Singh with questions at info@es.events.

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