Spread the word about how toilets save lives and our groundwater systems

By Claudia Urbano, Service and Engagement Senior Communications Specialist at Rotary International Do you have access to a clean and safe toilet? Not everybody is so fortunate. Millions of people relieve themselves in the open air because they do not have access to a toilet, which spreads disease and kills thousands of children every day. … More Spread the word about how toilets save lives and our groundwater systems

Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International Partner to Train Community Mediators

By Lina Stahl, Mediators Beyond Borders International In 2019, a small group of visionaries from four Rotary districts in Zone 22, Southern Africa, approached service partner Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) to build social cohesion throughout the region by training a cohort of 100 community mediators to celebrate the Rotary’s Centennial on the African continent. … More Rotary and Mediators Beyond Borders International Partner to Train Community Mediators

Ethical dilemma: What would you do?

Your club is dedicating one meeting each month to conversations that focus on social issues that affect your community. These meetings are professionally facilitated, and at the start of each one, the organizers say that all participants are responsible for ensuring a respectful environment in which everyone feels welcome, valued, and able to express their … More Ethical dilemma: What would you do?

Seven ideas to celebrate World Children’s Day in your community

By Claudia Urbano, Service and Engagement Senior Communications Specialist at Rotary International World Children’s Day takes place each year on 20 November. It is UNICEF’S global day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The theme for 2022 is “Inclusion, for every child.” Kids … More Seven ideas to celebrate World Children’s Day in your community

Making an impact through international service

By Sheila Hurst, Ed.D., Rotary Club of Redding West, District 5160’s International Service Committee Chair, Health Education and Wellness Rotary Action Group Director In 2006 I was a new member of the Rotary Club of Redding West in District 5160, Northern California when I was invited to go on a trip with Rotary members to … More Making an impact through international service

Celebrate 60 years of Interact this World Interact Week

By Casey Jones, Programs and Communications Specialist, Rotary International Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while engaging in service across their communities. This World Interact Week, Rotary celebrates a legacy of 60 years of Interactors changing the world by demonstrating Service Above Self.   Want to join in the … More Celebrate 60 years of Interact this World Interact Week

Rotary members’ role in facing hunger, poverty, and inequality

By Bonaventure Fandohan, Community Economic Development Manager at Rotary International Livelihood prospects have changed since 2020 for developing and emerging countries. Conflict, extreme weather patterns, and disparities caused by economic shocks and health crises, including the coronavirus pandemic are the main drivers of that change. According to OXFAM International, a non-governmental organization based in the … More Rotary members’ role in facing hunger, poverty, and inequality

Recognizing the equity gap: informal settlements are being left behind

By Anne Myers, Senior Director, Advocacy Campaigns, Habitat for Humanity International More than thirty-five years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea that everyone deserves a decent place to live by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day. This World Habitat Day, we … More Recognizing the equity gap: informal settlements are being left behind

What is the Open World Program and how it can benefit your Rotary club

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International, and Claudia Urbano, Rotary Service & Engagement staff If your Rotary club is in the United States and is looking for service opportunities, there is a terrific program available to you: the Open World Program. Operated by the Congressional Office for International Leadership (COIL), an independent … More What is the Open World Program and how it can benefit your Rotary club