Empower communities to fight the challenges of COVID-19

By Bonaventure Fandohan, Area of Focus Manager for Community Economic and Development COVID-19 is profoundly affecting the working class of the world, especially in developing countries. In addition to the threat to public health, the pandemic harms the long-term livelihoods and wellbeing of millions. While the ultimate outcome is still uncertain, the pandemic will result … More Empower communities to fight the challenges of COVID-19

Providing access to affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity

By Rotary Service and Engagement and Habitat for Humanity Staff More than 30 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly took an important step in promoting the idea of everyone’s basic human right to adequate shelter by declaring that the first Monday in October would be World Habitat Day. The special designation also serves as … More Providing access to affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity

Improving lives and fighting for social justice through Rotary Community Corps

By Alex Johnson, President of the Rotary Club of Plano West, Texas, USA Mose Stimpson was a slave transported to a small farm town in Texas called Plano. The master bought him to be his daughter’s playmate.  When she grew up and got married, she gave him his freedom. Years before Mr. Stimpson’s freedom, Andy … More Improving lives and fighting for social justice through Rotary Community Corps

Creating a lasting impact with Rotary Community Corps

By Binod Khaitan, member of the Rotary Club of Central Calcutta, India The Rotary Club of Central Calcutta was chartered in August 1985 and seven years later, we sponsored a Rotary Community Corps (RCC) in the village of Baghati in West Bengal. RCC members worked with our club to plan and carry out projects in … More Creating a lasting impact with Rotary Community Corps

The important role of water in the fight against COVID-19

By Ron Denham, Chair Emeritus of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) and member of the Rotary Club of Toronto Eglinton, Canada Rotary International has long committed access to safe water and sanitation as one of our Areas of Focus. The reality is that the majority of healthcare facilities in developing countries do … More The important role of water in the fight against COVID-19

Helping women thrive through Rotary Community Corps

By Mehmet Yildiz, President of the Rotary Club of Bursa-Uludag, Turkey Aksu is a village 20 miles outside of Bursa, Turkey established in the 1300s. The village is small with a population of 216 men and 193 women. Most villagers earn their livelihood from fruit and vegetable farming. Over the years, many people moved out … More Helping women thrive through Rotary Community Corps

Collaborating with community leaders for greater impact

By Sarah Odongo, member of the Rotary Club of Port Bell, Uganda It all started when members of our Rotary Club of Port Bell from District 9211 visited Kirombe, a nearby low income suburb of Kampala City, Uganda in 2009 where we were introduced to local residents, mainly women, who had formed a group of … More Collaborating with community leaders for greater impact

Forming international service partnerships at the Colombia Project Fair

By Steven Kirby, member of the Rotary Club of Hercules, California, USA In an effort to expand Rotarian involvement in international service, my District 5160’s International Service Chair (DISC) introduced a new grant opportunity for clubs to attend a project fair. Clubs could apply for $2000 USD grants for selected club members to attend a … More Forming international service partnerships at the Colombia Project Fair

Engaging with Rotary to enhance your membership experience

By Rotary Service and Engagement We’re celebrating our members and their clubs — and all the good they do around the world — during Membership and New Club Development Month in August. One way you can celebrate your membership is by getting involved in the many activities and programs available to you as a member … More Engaging with Rotary to enhance your membership experience