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

Advancing literacy and supporting students during a pandemic

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

Building new Rotary friendships 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

Bringing people together through music

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

The importance of community during a pandemic

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

What will the world look like after the 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?

Engaging members during a 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