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

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

Ecotourism businesses empower women in Costa Rica

By Karen McDaniels, member of Rotary Club of Denton, Texas, United States During a trip to Costa Rica, my club members and I met a member of the faculty at The Tropical Agricultural Research and Education Center (CATIE) in Turrialba who studies barriers rural women face in joining Costa Rica’s fast growing tourism business. Sitting … More Ecotourism businesses empower women in Costa Rica

Exploring economic development in Alaska through the Open World program

By Natalia Kunzer, Open World Program Officer In May, I had the opportunity to observe an Open World Program prepared by the Rotary clubs of Homer-Kachemak Bay and Anchorage International in Alaska. Clubs hosted a Russian delegation of six participants for an eight-day program focused on “Regional Economic Development with emphasis on Sustainable Fishery and … More Exploring economic development in Alaska through the Open World program

Collaborate with a Rotarian Action Group on your community development project

By Rotary Service and Engagement Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty. In honor of  Economic and Community Development Month in October, Rotary encouraged you to take action within your communities to address community needs and challenges. As you continue to work towards empowering your community, consider collaborating with Rotarian Action Groups … More Collaborate with a Rotarian Action Group on your community development project

Combating human trafficking in the United States

By Past District Governor Bob Deering, Rotary Club of East Sacramento, California, USA According to Polaris, there are an estimated 100,000 – 300,000 prostituted children in the United States. 244,000 American children and youth are estimated to be at risk of child sexual exploitation, including commercial sexual exploitation. According to the California Attorney General Office, … More Combating human trafficking in the United States

Empowering women in Guatemala through microfinance

By Narayan Murarka, member of the Rotary Club Barrington Breakfast, USA; Francisco Viau and Oscar Diaz, Members of the Rotary Club of Guatemala Sur, Guatemala Sacatepéquez is a department in Guatemala with sixteen municipalities, Sumpango being one of them. A recent study showed the indigenous population in this region is higher than others and there … More Empowering women in Guatemala through microfinance

Rotaract clubs invest in their communities

By Erika Emerick, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders Staff Every October, Rotary celebrates Economic and Community Development month. To combat unemployment, underemployment, and lack of training, Rotaractors around the world work to empower entrepreneurs and community leaders in local communities. Check out these projects focusing on Economic and Community Development that were nominated for the … More Rotaract clubs invest in their communities