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
By Liza Larson, member of the Rotary eClub | Engage “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” — Mahatma Gandhi This quote is something that I have on a Post-it Note hanging in my office—it’s a reminder about how important volunteering is in my life. About two … More Building each other up
By Rotary Service and Engagement staff According to the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption in the education system in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion students in more than 190 countries across all continents. School closures and other learning spaces have impacted 94% of the world’s student population, 99% of which … More Advancing literacy and supporting students during a pandemic
By Pam Harrison, past District 7810 District Rotary Friendship Exchange Chair, Canada In 2019, my District 7810 (Canada/USA) decided to arrange a Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 2380 (Sweden) to take place in May 2020. Rotary Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting … More Building new Rotary friendships during a pandemic
By Grant Hocking, Past District Governor and member of the Rotary Club of Woodend, Australia Restrictions due to COVID-19 have challenged our communities, our clubs and ourselves. As an Australian, I feel proud of our response and results in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and Rotary members can feel proud of the way we have … More Is it safe to resume in-person meetings?
By Lee Denlinger, International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians Global Chair The International Fellowship of Rotarian Musicians (IFRM) has been meeting regularly online to prepare and present virtual choral performances. Members receive rehearsal material (musical score, a recording of accompaniment and vocal parts) in advance, and then they come together from their respective homes via Zoom … More Bringing people together through music
By Dr. Amal El-Sisi, member of the Rotary Club ElTahrir, Egypt I am a professor of Pediatric Cardiology at the Cairo University Children’s Hospital. Since the start of pandemic, we have been struggling at the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The Cardiac ICU covers emergency medical and post-operative cases. It is also a referral hospital … More The importance of community during a pandemic
By Ana Cutter Patel, Rotary Peace Fellow at Chulalongkorn University (2016) On 27 June, Rotary Peace Fellows (RPFs) will convene for a 24-hour global cyber conference Envisioning the World After the Great Pause. The event will feature the perspectives of Rotary Peace Fellows and their colleagues that are leading the efforts to respond to the … More What will the world look like after the pandemic?
By Felix Heintz, Founder and Chair of the Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship, and member of the Rotary E-Club Bavaria International, Germany The Rotarian Metalhead Fellowship had tons of plans for 2020: We wanted to attend the Rotaract Germany Conference as well as the Rotary International Convention to promote the loudest Fellowship within Rotary. Two major Metal … More Engaging members during a pandemic
By Dr. Devapriya Dev, member of the Bramhall & Woodford Rotary Club in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom I work full-time as a Consultant Pulmonary Physician in Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, England. I have also been a Rotarian for nearly 15 years. Since 20 March, I have been responsible for looking after a newly designated … More Serving on the frontline