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

Transitioning youth out of the foster care system

By Paul Bettelheim, member of the Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise in California, USA The Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise (LSR) thrives on identifying problems within our community and partnering with community organizations to create solutions that benefit all. Therefore, when Jack Cortis and Kim Overaa, Master Gardeners in Contra Costa County, California presented their … More Transitioning youth out of the foster care system

Rotary clubs provide access to learning resources during pandemic

By Wilf Wilkinson, RI President 2007-2008 With more than 90 million students globally locked out of schools by the Covid-19 pandemic, millions of parents have been forced into the role of educator. Many are fearful, unsure and even feeling guilty that they will not succeed. The Rotary Club of Belleville in Ontario, Canada and District … More Rotary clubs provide access to learning resources during pandemic

Ways to serve your community during the pandemic

By Jeff Smith, District 7170 Community Service Chair, United States Our district and clubs are taking action during this pandemic to support each other and our communities. Many communities have embarked on recovery strategies which tend to follow three distinct phases: response (0 to 6 months), recovery (3 to 12 months) and resiliency (12 to … More Ways to serve your community during the pandemic

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