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 … More Rotaract clubs invest in their communities

School environmental clubs pioneer sustainable community development in Tanzania

By Dr. John Philip, Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors and Member of the Rotary Club of Newbury, United Kingdom The island of Ukerewe in Lake Victoria, Tanzania is only accessible by a three and half hour ferry journey from the mainland town of Mwanza. The island’s 350,000 residents are subsistence farmers and … More School environmental clubs pioneer sustainable community development in Tanzania

Empowering women in Honduras 

By Vanessa Vegas, Regional Grants Officer at Rotary and Bonaventure Fandohan, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Area of Focus Manager Throughout March, we celebrated women in many countries around the globe. It is a month when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It’s … More Empowering women in Honduras 

Creating jobs and promoting a cleaner environment in Brazil

By Susan Doxtator, Regional Grants Officer at Rotary and Bonaventure Fandohan, Rotary’s Economic and Community Development Area of Focus Manager Over the past 25 years, the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically despite the lasting impact of the 2008 economic crisis and global recession. In developing countries, the middle class now … More Creating jobs and promoting a cleaner environment in Brazil

A quest for international service led to my Rotary moment

By Jerry Kallman, Past President of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA When I first served as president of the Rotary Club of Ridgewood in 2008, I sought out an international service project to complement the several community service activities our club traditionally supported.  During that year’s District Conference, I learned the Rotary … More A quest for international service led to my Rotary moment

4 ways you can take action to help grow local economies

By Rotary Service and Engagement staff According to the United Nations, nearly 2.2 billion people live below the poverty line of US $2 per day, and the world needs 30 million new jobs every year to keep up with the growth of the global working-age population. In honor of Rotary Economic and Community Development Month celebrated each … More 4 ways you can take action to help grow local economies

How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

By Lucy Davis, Rotary International staff “I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m closer to my goal than I’ve ever been. When you have somebody who’s willing to get behind you, somebody who believes in what you’re doing, there’s no reason not to succeed.”  – Levi Johnson, entrepreneur and LaunchDETROIT beneficiary Recently, I had … More How empowering entrepreneurs leads to long-term community development

Empower entrepreneurs in your community

By Past District Governor Matthew Kane, member of the Rotary Club of North Raleigh, North Carolina, USA In many communities in the United States and across the world, minorities and low-income entrepreneurs lack the training and resources necessary to be successful. While microloans have been popular and effective in developing countries to help grow local … More Empower entrepreneurs in your community

Creating greater good in partnership with innovative change makers

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Service and Engagement staff Noran Sanford, a licensed social worker, a man of faith, and a vested community member, is empowering a rural U.S. community to utilize overlooked resources and pioneer change from within. In 2000, Noran moved back to his hometown in rural North Carolina, USA, where he was stunned … More Creating greater good in partnership with innovative change makers