By Patience Rusare, Rotary Peace Fellow at Makerere University When I applied for my Rotary Peace Fellowship for a professional development postgraduate diploma in March 2020, I deliberately chose the new center in Africa, Makerere Rotary Peace Centre in Uganda. In my application, I noted: “My first preference is Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Makerere is located in the … More Rotary Peace Fellow using the media to create peace in Zimbabwe
Peace is fundamental to Rotary’s mission. In a time of heightened tensions and uncertainties due to COVID-19 and other factors, it is critically important that we work together to create environments where peace can thrive. February is Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention Month. Learn how Rotary members around the world are promoting peace. … More Create environments of peace
By Hiya Jain, member of the Interact Club of Birla Vidya Niketan Interact clubs are a window to the world that lies beyond the reach of our limited access to society’s abundant elements. This resonates with all the community-based exposure Interact has given me. For the past couple of years, Interact has acted as the … More Million minds, one being: Interact nurtures a passion to do good
By PDG Jim Louttit, Rotary Club of Toronto-Sunrise, Canada, and a member of TRF’s Community Economic Development Major Gifts Initiative Committee RI President Shekar Mehta recently stated, “If you feel the need to reignite the spark of service in yourself or your club, October – Community Economic Development Month – is a great time to … More Why support community economic development?
By Jojy Michael, member of the Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group (ESRAG) “The time is long past when environmental sustainability can be dismissed as not Rotary’s concern. It is, and must be, everyone’s concern.” – Ian H.S. Riseley, Rotary International President, 2017-18 Riseley made that definitive declaration in 2017 while unveiling the Rotary theme … More Protecting the environment begins at home
By Fergal McCarthy, Peace Programs Manager To mark International Day of Peace on 21 September, we are focusing on girl empowerment one of RI President Shekhar Mehta’s presidential initiatives. Equality is a fundamental human right, and a key element of many of the eight pillars of positive peace. It’s a prerequisite for the creation of a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world. Yet still today, girls and young women across the globe continue to endure inequities in all parts of … More Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!
By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer at Rotary International The Open World Program gives emerging leaders from specific Eurasian countries firsthand exposure to the United States’ system of democracy through visits to local governments and communities in the U.S.. Rotary International serves as a national hosting organization, with Rotary clubs serving as local hosts for Open World delegations of young professionals. RI is able to reimburse clubs … More Open World Program creates ongoing engagement with Rotary
Rotary International is excited to announce the chartering of three new Rotary International Fellowships: Friends of Alsace, Pickleball, and Urban Gardening. … More New Friends of Alsace, Pickleball, and Urban Gardening fellowships
By Rotary Service & Engagement Staff Join Partnering for Peace (PFP) 20-26 September for Rotary-Peace Corps Week! There are many ways to participate in this collaborative week-long virtual celebration, including a webinar series and opportunities to host your own event. For more ways to get involved, visit our previous post and the Partnering for Peace … More Celebrate Rotary-Peace Corps Week
Basic Education and Literacy Month takes on even greater importance for Rotarians and Rotaractors this year, as we come to see the profound impact of the pandemic on education and literacy. The Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group is offering three excellent opportunities to assist clubs and districts in their outreach to support literacy in their communities. … More BEL Rotary Action Group engages Rotarians and Rotaractors in community literacy