Ugandan club brings hope to local communities through health projects

By Doris Mitti Kimuli, Rotary Club of Kampala. 25-year-old Olivia Nakanwagi was brought to Kyampisi Health Centre III in critical condition. She had just delivered her sixth child with the help of a traditional birth attendant in her village. The attendant wasn’t able to stop Olivia’s bleeding and the young mother was rushed to the …

June summit will inspire and assist Rotary family with water, sanitation, and hygiene resources for youth

By Bill Boyd, Past President of Rotary International and Chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) Dear Friends, Wasrag’s World Water Summits have established a tradition of excellence. The 2015 World Water Summit promises to be the best yet. The day-long event will focus on pressing concerns related to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene …

Make a splash, it’s World Water Day!

By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff 22 March, World Water Day, reminds us to celebrate our achievements and commit to further advancements related to accessing clean water, sanitation facilities, and employing hygienic practices. Sustainable water resources are critical to reducing poverty, improving education opportunities for youth, and alleviating health-related complications. Today we recognize the countless …

Rotary club’s vocational camps open up a window of opportunities for young entrepreneurs

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Camp Enterprise, a Rotarian-funded three-day program for high school juniors, helps develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. The students learn about business practices and then work in teams to come up with a business proposal and present it to Rotarian volunteers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Each team receives feedback …

Creating a cycle of opportunity through partnerships in education

By Jeannette Stevens, member of Rotary Club of Managua and Executive Director of Gocare Nicaragua My relationship with Rotary started when I joined Gocare’s staff 10 years ago. Founded in 2001 by Rotarian Jan Lindsay, Gocare is a nonprofit organization that works closely with community residents in Nicaragua to create and implement educational and economic …

Help achieve universal education: take action during Rotary Literacy Month

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Since the U.N. Millennium Development Goals were established in 2000, Rotary has played a role in global efforts to reduce extreme poverty and reach target goals by 2015. While great progress has been made towards universal primary education, advancements towards this goal slowed significantly over the past eight years. …

Why do mothers die? A Rotarian’s mission to reduce maternal mortality

By PDG Dr. Himansu Basu, MD, PhD, RI Technical Coordinator on Maternal and Child Health 2013-16 My world stopped when I was 15 – my mother died after her seventh childbirth (I was the eldest). The pain and misery in the years that followed were unimaginable. Since then, I have been asking myself the question …

Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding club projects

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs staff For many Rotary clubs, service begins at home. Each year clubs take on numerous initiatives and conduct various projects to help address a significant need or problem in their community. Some of these outstanding projects are honored through the Significant Achievement Award. Last year, 207 clubs from more than 40 …

Cruising trips inspire fellowship and service

By Rhonda Whitton, Kardinia Rotary Club, Victoria, Australia; member and Online Content Manager of the Fellowship for Cruising Rotarians A few years ago, a group of Rotarians from the United Kingdom and Australia boarded a P&O cruise ship ready for an exciting vacation. When the group of Rotarians gathered for an onboard meeting advertised in …