Michiko Mitarai shows Kenyan villagers a Japanese method for drawing water from a well.
By Michiko Mitarai, Rotary Club of Tokyo Hiroo
Rotary has changed my life in many ways. Through Rotary, I have discovered the world is a bigger place and I have been able to visit parts of it that I would never have been able to if I hadn’t joined.
As a member of the Rotary club of Tokyo Hiroo, I traveled to rural communities in Kenya with members of four different Rotary clubs. We visited 14 wells that our club supported. In Funyula, near the border of Uganda, we even stayed at the house of a member of the Rotary Club of Nairobi East, who was once a member of our club while he served as the Kenyan Ambassador to Japan. Continue reading
Rotary Youth Exchange Students help Rotary members in Minnesota pack school materials for a nonprofit in Guatemala.
By Rotary Voices staff
Rotary clubs in Minnesota, USA, have banded together to send boxes of textbooks to and purchase school supplies for an organization in Guatemala that is helping students from poor families receive an education.
In 2014, the step-daughter of James Benshoof, a member of the Rotary Club of Crystal, New Hope, Robbinsdale, decided to donate dozens of textbooks to Common Hope, a nonprofit based in St. Paul that works to provide educational opportunities, health care, and housing assistance to families outside Antigua Continue reading
A woman in Chaguiton, Honduras, pulls the string to turn on her new ceiling light. Photo courtesy Neal Beard
By Neal Beard, past president of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA
Rotary members from District 6760 returned from Central America on 5 Feburary, after completing a 59-home electrification project in Chaguiton, Honduras. This was the tenth leg of a journey that began in 2006 for my club.
Over the course of the last ten years, the most exciting and rewarding moments of our lives took place not in the office, or on the shop floor, or while sitting in front of a computer screen, but in the remote mountain villages of southern Honduras.
Those moments have been filled with pure emotion. Like the time when a mother and her children looked on as we built a water storage tank and laundry table that would eliminate their Continue reading
Raya, one of the newest Muppets from Sesame Workshop, is pretty excited about the World Water Summit in Sao Paulo Brazil on 4 June, 2015, immediately before the Rotary Convention. As Raya explains in the video above (with Marga Hewko, wife of RI General Secretary John Hewko, and past RI President Bill Boyd), Rotary is all about clean water and sanitation for children everywhere. This year’s summit focuses on water and sanitation in schools.
Sesame Workshop introduced Raya last year with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to teach the TV show’s millions of viewers in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria about sanitation and hygiene. Look for Raya at the World Water Summit.
Attending a Rotary convention is one of the great benefits of membership. This year in Sao Paulo, you’ll have a chance to enjoy great speakers, connect with other members over a great cup of coffee, dance the night away Brazilian style, and so much more. Register today.
A patient with diabetes receives foot care on the Caribbean island of Dominica.
By Rotary Voices staff
In 1983, Alan Hudson spent several weeks on the Caribbean Island of Dominica as part of a Rotary Group Study Exchange. He was charmed by the local culture, and the warm welcome he received. So when an opportunity arose in 2012 to help people with diabetes on the island avoid having their legs amputated, Hudson jumped at the chance to give back.
Hudson’s Rotary Club of Hereford Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England, partnered with the Continue reading
Past RI President Bill Boyd and Raya. Photo by Alyce Henson/Rotary International
By Ryan Hyland, Rotary editorial staff
Rotary leaders received a surprise visit Monday from Raya, one of Sesame Street’s newest puppets, during their annual training exercise in San Diego.
Raya joined past RI President Bill Boyd on stage during the third general session of the 2015 International Assembly, joking about how cool Rotary’s emblem looked and chatting with Boyd about toilets.
Sesame Workshop introduced Raya last year with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to teach the TV show’s millions of young viewers in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria about sanitation and hygiene.
A boy in Belize holds the solar powered light that replaces dangerous kerosene lamps, provided by Rotary members in Austin, Texas.
By Rotary Voices staff
Rotary members in Nigeria banded together to provide 850 children in Nnewi, Anambra State, with medicine to kill a type of intestinal worm transmitted through the soil.
A single 400 milligram tablet of Abendazole deworms the children and kills the parasite, which is prevalent in many areas of Nigeria. The project is an example of Rotary’s work in preventing disease, but also in supporting education, as the parasite affects the children’s ability to concentrate on school work.
Members of the club distributed the tablets in October to an enthusiastic group of school staff and students. The project is just one of many that Rotary members have shared on Rotary Showcase. Continue reading
Thank You #GivingTuesday from Rotary International on Vimeo.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people — children, families, and entire communities — benefit from projects funded by The Rotary Foundation. See how your generosity is making a positive difference in communities around the world. Then consider making a gift to The Rotary Foundation as part of #GivingTuesday.
#GivingTuesday was founded two years ago by 92ndStreet Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. The concept has been steadily growing since, with more than 10,000 charities and businesses taking part this year.
Women use Hippo Water Rollers in South Africa to transport clean drinking water.
By Rotary Voices staff
Rotary members in Juneau, Alaska, USA, are using their loose coins to create big change in different parts of the world.
The Rotary Club of Juneau-Gastineau collects nickels, dimes, and quarters from members in glass jars placed around the room during its weekly meetings. More than $8,000 has been collected since the program began. But more amazingly, the spare change has been turned into more than $39,000 in micro loans, by working through the microfinance website Kiva. Continue reading
Brenda Cressey volunteering at a day care in Mexico.
By Brenda Cressey, Rotary Club of Paso Robles, California
November gives us the chance to build greater ownership and pride in our Foundation. We have so much to celebrate. The new grant model, Rotary’s website, our publications, and our new branding effort all focus on building a strong message — the importance of contributing to and supporting our Rotary Foundation. Continue reading