5 steps to establishing a garden to help fight hunger

By the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO), 821 million people - one in nine people - suffer from chronic hunger.  At the same time, 1.9 billion people are overweight, including 672 million obese adults. Conflict, extreme weather events linked to climate change, …

Combating human trafficking in the United States

By Past District Governor Bob Deering, Rotary Club of East Sacramento, California, USA According to Polaris, there are an estimated 100,000 - 300,000 prostituted children in the United States. 244,000 American children and youth are estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation. According to the California Attorney General Office, …

Empowering women in Guatemala through microfinance

By Narayan Murarka, member of the Rotary Club Barrington Breakfast, USA; Francisco Viau and Oscar Diaz, Members of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, Guatemala Sacatepéquez is a department in Guatemala with sixteen municipalities, Sumpango being one of them. A recent study showed the indigenous population in this region is higher than others and there …

Rotaract clubs invest in their communities

By Erika Emerick, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff Every October, Rotary celebrates Economic and Community Development month. To combat unemployment, underemployment, and lack of training, Rotaractors around the world work to empower entrepreneurs and community leaders in local communities. Check out these projects focusing on Economic and Community Development that were nominated for the …

Empower your community

By Rotary Service and Engagement The United Nations reports 470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labor market between 2016 and 2030. Unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of social safety nets lie at the core of poverty. For the poor, labor is often …

Taking a step towards change for students in Morocco

By Ali Hannaoui, Member of the Rotaract Club of Hippocrate, Morocco While recently hiking in a wonderful village located between Taroudant and Agadir, Morocco, young children walking to school with heavy footsteps reminded me of other regions and villages in my country. I never saw children going to school by bus or bikes, especially girls. …

Sparking peace within your community

By the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) The Rotarian Action Group for Peace (RAGFP) is a vital component of Rotary's vision for global peace. We support a peace ecosystem that meets the needs of local communities by connecting them with global resources, tools, and Rotarians. By investing, designing, and implementing peace projects, we are able …

Rotary’s Partners in Peace

As we approach International Day of Peace on 21 September, we also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. International Peace Day is an opportunity to recognize and advance strengthening the ideals of peace, inclusivity, and justice. The vast Rotary network offers many resources for peacebuilding, intercultural understanding, the advancement of …

How you can you use vocational skills to address literacy needs?

By Rotary Service and Engagement Today we join the global community in celebrating International Literacy Day: a day uniting governments, civil society organizations, communities, teachers and key stakeholders to highlight our achievements in basic education and literacy while looking ahead on ways to address remaining challenges. This year’s theme, Literacy and skills development, focuses on …