Programme for the week commencing 6th September 2012
At a recent Business Meeting we have agreed that 10% of all our fundraising will be donated to the Rotary Foundation, Jill our Foundation Action Group Coordinator has been writing facts about the Rotary Foundation over the last few weeks – see under the Welcome button on the menu What is the Rotary Foundation. The Eradication of Polio is also part of the Rotary Foundation – see also under Welcome button Eradication of Polio.
Here Jill sums up what our funds will go towards:
The work that Clubs + Districts do through Foundation falls into 2 distinct categories: 1. Educational, or 2. Humanitarian.
There are 3 educational programmes, as follows:
- Ambassadorial Scholarships: An academic year of study abroad for undergraduate or post graduate students.
- Group Study Exchange: A cultural and vocational programme for a team of 4 young professionals (non-Rotarians, aged 25 – 35) led by a Rotarian, who spend a month in the host District, staying with Rotary families. An essential element of the exchange is to see how their professional works in the country visited.
- Rotary Peace Fellowships: This programme offers either a 2 year Masters, or a 3 month Diploma at one of 7 Peace centres worldwide; the centres are departments within established universities.
Matching Grants: These are the larger of the 2 grants; they are only for international projects, working with a Rotary Club in the project country. The grants are administered by The Rotary Foundation (TRF).
Examples of MG projects: 1. Purchase equipment for a neo-natal unit in a hospital in Tanzania; 2. Install solar panels on a school in the mountains of Nepal, where there is no electricity supply; 3. Build a water storage system for a remote village in Nigeria.
District Simplified Grants: These grants can be for local, as well as international projects. The grants are administered through the District (i.e. with no TRF funds).
Examples of DSG projects: 1. Provide sensory play equipment to a charity in Bristol which deals with brain-damaged children; 2. Provide English work + text books to a village school in NE Poland – an area of high unemployment, where the life chances of the children are limited, unless they learn an international language; 3. provide kitchen equipment to a Salvation Army hostel, which serves meals to the homeless + the poor in Gloucester.
You might also like to read more on the Rotary International website
In our eClub can we consider:
How, like in the wider Rotary world, can we make the Rotary Foundation an important element of our eClub activities?
When we promote the Rotary Foundation to others how can we tell them about the good works it achieves?
Have you any questions to ask Jill?