Rotary Family Health Days bring preventative health services to more than 350,000 in Africa

By Jesse Allerton, Rotary Programs staff After tragically losing her son to AIDS in 1994, Marion Bunch, a member of the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, Georgia, USA, resolved to help other children with HIV. Ten years later, Marion founded Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention, Inc. (RFHA), a Rotarian Action Group helping clubs and …

Microloans, the single largest anti-poverty tool?

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs. Original interview aired 1 April 2014 on Calgary West's News Radio 770 Past District Governor Steve Rickard, District 5360, Canada, founder of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance & Community Development (RAGM), talks to Angela Kokott, host of Calgary Today, the afternoon radio program on Southern Alberta's talk show powerhouse, NEWS TALK 770 (CHQR) about …

Thousands of Rotarians provide essential health services to South Africa communities

By Mark Williams, Club President | Strand Rotary Club, South Africa Civil society, big business and the Government are teaming up with 4,000 Rotary members between 2 and 4 April to promote family healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive annual campaign - Rotary Family Health Days - to provide comprehensive, free health care services …

May summit to help Rotarians leverage water, sanitation, and hygiene resources

By Steve Werner, member of Rotary Club of Denver Southeast, CO, USA, and the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group is looking forward to our sixth World Water Summit, a one-day water, sanitation, and hygiene education (WASH) conference on May 30th in Sydney, the day before the International …

Brazil clubs help kids develop a love of reading

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs. Original article featured in March 2013 Rotary Leader Determined to reverse the region’s falling literacy rates, 12 clubs from District 4420, Brazil, worked together to establish Project READ (Reading and Education Center) to set up reading rooms for children in underserved communities. With the assistance of a Rotary district grant, …

Rotarians partner to foster love for reading

By David Dotson, President of The Dollywood Foundation    On February 11, 2014, leaders from The Dollywood Foundation, United Way of Australia and Rotary International joined legendary entertainer Dolly Parton in Melbourne to launch her Imagination Library in the land Down Under. The announcement culminated two years of deliberation and planning by this unique partnership. …

Dive into action: it’s World Water Day!

By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Programs staff Every 22 March, World Water Day, clubs around the world join the global community to reaffirm our commitment to improving access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. This year, the United Nations urges us to undertake initiatives that address inadequate access to safe drinking water, proper sanitation, sufficient food, …

Empowering young minds through partnership in service

By Judy Backlund, Past Club President of the Ellensburg Morning Rotary Club, Washington, USA, and Chair of International Reading Association-Rotary International Special Interest Group. First and foremost, I am a teacher. I am also a 20 year member of the International Reading Association, a membership organization for those in the education field. And I’m a …