March – Water and Sanitation Month

Sanitation and Hygiene 2.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. 6,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. What you can do Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush to a sewer or safe enclosure. Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing, with soap and water, can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 45%. Improve Access to Water and Water Quality 6 hours per day are spent by women in some rural parts of Africa collecting water from a remote source. 884 million people don’t have clean drinking water. What you can do – Implement rainwater harvesting systems to collect and store rainwater for drinking, irrigation, or recharging underground aquifers. Build water wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers. Provide point of use home water filters, such as ceramic or sand filters, to make drinking water safe. Promote low-cost solutions, such as chlorine tablets or plastic bottles that can be exposed to sunlight, to improve water quality. World Water Day is 22nd March. It is a good time to remember how fortunate we are and consider how we can help others less...

February – Peace and Conflict Resolution / Prevention

Sixty million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources. Join Rotary and help spread peace around the world. Give now to promote peace. READ NEWS ABOUT ROTARY PEACE INITIATIVES Peace Corps and Rotary kick off historic collaboration New funding goal set for Rotary Peace Centers Peace fellow Ali Reza Eshraghi on today’s Iran Political strife, protecting U.S. diplomats are part of the...

January – Vocational Service Month

The concept of vocational service calls on Rotarians to “encourage and foster”: • High ethical standards in business and professions • The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations • The dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society As a Rotarian, how can you put these ideals into action? Consider these suggestions: • Talk about your vocation in your club, and take time to learn about fellow members’ vocations. • Use your professional skills to serve a community. • Practice your profession with integrity, and inspire others to behave ethically through your own words and actions. • Help a young person achieve his or her career aspirations. • Guide and encourage others in their professional development. If you do any of these things, you are performing vocational service. And if vocational service motivates and energizes you, then you’re in the right place, because vocational service is the very essence of Rotary. It is what sets Rotary apart from other service...

December is Disease Prevention & Treatment Month

Rotary’s top priority is the eradication of polio, but Rotarians take on far greater responsibilities to fight disease. They set up health camps and training facilities in undeveloped countries and in communities struggling with HIV/AIDS and malaria. They also design and build the infrastructure for doctors, nurses, governments, and partners to reach the one in six people in the world who can’t afford to pay for health care. Disease prevention and treatment takes on many forms, from supporting studies to helping immunize people to improving drinking water and the sanitation infrastructure. The world relies on Rotary to tackle these global challenges, and to set an example for others to follow. 1 billion people suffer from neglected tropical disease such as dengue fever and leprosy each year. Health Care 1 in 6 people worldwide cannot pay for health care. 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. 57 countries have fewer than 23 health workers for every 10,000 people. 4.3 million doctors, nurses, midwives, and other skilled caregivers are needed worldwide. Disease Prevention What you can do – Support health education programs that explain how diseases are spread, and promote ways to reduce the risk of transmission. Carry out immunizations against infectious diseases Health Care What you can do – Sponsor continuing education and training for health workers, including supporting scholarships, stipends, and public recognition. Improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in underserved areas. Join our Club to help improve the health and well-being being of people locally, regionally, nationally and...

November – The Rotary Foundation Month

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work! Join us at any of our weekly meetings to learn how you can help transform the world, one project at a time, with our...
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