Recognize youth leaders!

By Erika Emerick, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff  May is Rotary’s Youth Service Month! Rotary’s programs for young leaders connect people ages 12-30 through service, friendship, and leadership development. Interact and Rotaract clubs empower young people to create sustainable change in their schools and communities both locally and globally, and young people develop leadership skills …

Access to safe and clean water revitalizes a community

By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mark Gibson, Mary Holcomb (Members of the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast), Jorge Aufranc (Rotary International Director), and Francisco Viau (Member of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur) The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club from Illinois, United States, has been working with the Guatemala Sur Rotary Club in Guatemala City, Guatemala, …

Providing safe water to thousands in Uganda

By Peter Kasango, TRF Cadre of Technical Adviser and member of the Rotary Club of Bweyogerere-Namboole To develop a response to persistent water flooding in Butalejja District, Uganda, caused by overflowing of the Manafa River, my Rotary Club of Bweyogerere Namboole partnered with the Rotary Club of Bellingham in Washington, USA, on a global grant …

Promoting peace alongside Palestinian community leaders

By the Rotarian Action Group for Peace In January, the Rotarian Action Group for Peace’s (RAGFP) Executive Director, Reem Ghunaim, journeyed from the RAGFP headquarters in Portland, Oregon, to conduct a peace tour in her home country of Palestine. Reem is a Rotary Peace Fellow from the Duke-UNC Peace Center in North Carolina, USA. As …

Global grant partnership started with a project fair visit

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Program staff In 2015, Pieter Koeleman from the Rotary Club of Campbell River in Canada traveled to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the annual West Africa Project Fair. Throughout the week-long event, Pieter was immersed in local culture, visited and participated in Rotarian-led service projects, learned about local priorities and gathered information …

Vocational training team aims to empower teachers in Tanzania

By Thomas Walsh Jr., Member of the Rotary Club of Ames, Iowa, USA Teacher shortages resulting from an increase in public secondary schools and a new required national testing system has created ongoing challenges for secondary education in Tanzania. As a result, the country has seen an increase in staff turnover, schools are hiring teachers …