District 9210 Projects Fair – A first for Rotary in southern Africa

By District Governor Victor Mensah, District 9210 Getting involved in international service can often be a challenge, especially during a pandemic when international travel and general networking is limited. Project fairs are a great opportunity to immerse yourself in a new culture and make new friends while meeting potential project partners and finding projects to … More District 9210 Projects Fair – A first for Rotary in southern Africa

Why support community economic development?

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?

Bitten by a snake: the benefits of the West Africa Project Fair

By Andrews Ofosuhene, President-elect of the Rotary Club of Accra-East Prior to joining the Rotary Club of Accra-East, I had the privilege of working on a health screening exercise at a local health facility on the outskirts of Accra, Ghana. We were told a story of a young person who had been bitten by a … More Bitten by a snake: the benefits of the West Africa Project Fair

Take action to grow local economies

By Rotary Service & Engagement Staff Rotary members are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to ending poverty. The issue has become even more important because of how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected poverty levels and advanced inequality in communities around the globe. During Community Economic Development Month, consider how you can address community needs and … More Take action to grow local economies

Ethical dilemma discussion: What would you do?

Your club members have generously volunteered to host Rotarians from a district in another country as part of their Rotary Friendship Exchange program. Your club’s Rotary Friendship Exchange committee wishes to require all host families and visiting families to complete a background check as a precautionary measure of security. Other club members protest that only … More Ethical dilemma discussion: What would you do?

Protecting the environment begins at home

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

The interrelationship between ShelterBox’s work and the right to education

By Emma Howell, ShelterBox staff  Over the past 21 years, ShelterBox and Rotary International have worked together to support families with emergency shelter following disaster or conflict.   Disaster, conflict and lack of adequate housing significantly reduces a child’s access to education. Nearly 40 million children a year have their education interrupted by disasters, such as earthquakes and disease.1 And the number of child refugees fleeing conflict and extremism, violence or disaster has risen to over 13 … More The interrelationship between ShelterBox’s work and the right to education

Celebrate International Day of Peace – and support girl empowerment!

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!