By Rotary Service and Engagement While the world saw the lowest case count of wild polio in history in 2017 (just 22 cases in Afghanistan and Pakistan), transmission has continued into 2018 and challenges in reaching children with the vaccine remain in some countries. World Polio Day, is an opportunity to rally partners, donors, health … More A polio survivor’s commitment to service
By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, and Mark Gibson, Members of the Rotary Club of Barrington Breakfast, Illinois, USA At 54%, Guatemala has the highest malnutrition index in children younger than 5 years of age and has the highest chronic malnutrition index in Latin America and the Caribbean. Malnutrition in children increases the risk … More Mechanical cow brings needed nutrition to children in Guatemala
By Ellina Kushnir, Rotary Program staff In 2015, Pieter Koeleman from the Rotary Club of Campbell River in Canada traveled to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, for the annual West Africa Project Fair. Throughout the week-long event, Pieter was immersed in local culture, visited and participated in Rotarian-led service projects, learned about local priorities and gathered information … More Global grant partnership started with a project fair visit
By David H. Griggs, member of the E-Club of Lake Atitlán-Panajachel, Guatemala A District International Service Chair recently wrote to me about his struggle to get his clubs more involved in international projects. My response to him was to keep working at it – getting a club involved in international service can be a challenge. … More Project Fairs as a catalyst to international service
By Erica Brouillette, President of the Falls Church Rotary Club, Virginia, United States and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Armenia from 2007- 2009, teaching environmental conservation and awareness to youth aged 10-16 in the small village of Aygut. I taught in an after school program with the amazing … More Why Peace Corps and Rotary are the perfect fit
By Luke Addison, member of the Rotaract Club of University of Winchester, England and Rotaract Multi-District Contact for RIBI I first heard about ShelterBox in 2013. I had just become the President of the University of Winchester Rotaract Club and was working with several friends to get the group involved in local and international projects. … More Reflections from the field: intensive disaster relief courses inspire service
By Ellina Kushnir, Service and Engagement Supervisor When disaster strikes, Rotary’s project partner ShelterBox often works closely with Rotarians to evaluate local needs and devise a plan for immediate response. The Rotary family provides vital assistance to ShelterBox by assisting response teams with disaster assessments, housing response team volunteers, helping coordinate relief logistics, and sponsoring … More Serving with ShelterBox in times of disaster
By Azka Asif, Rotary Service Connections Staff By joining a Rotary Fellowship! Throughout the month of June, we’ve been celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month by sharing inspirational services stories from various Rotary Fellowships. We hope these stories have inspired you to join or start a Rotary Fellowship. As the 2015-16 Rotary year comes to end, we’re … More How can you make new friends from all over the globe?
By Dr. John Philip, Past District Governor and Chair of the International Fellowship of Rotarian Doctors Three years ago I was on the island of Ukerewe in Tanzania leading a Rotary project when I heard a child had been abducted and murdered. The child was an albino and was targeted by traditional healers. I was … More Doctors’ Fellowship aims to empower albino community in Tanzania
By John A. Bernaden, Rotary Club of Milwaukee, USA Did you know that Rotary Fellowships can provide a great way to make new friends around the world and enhance your Rotary experience? Rotary Fellowships are international, independently organized groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants and alumni who share a common passion. The oldest fellowship dates … More Celebrating Rotary Fellowships Month!