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Global Projects

World Wide Eradication of Polio

In 1985, Rotary launched the PolioPlus program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio. In 1988, the World Health Assembly challenged the world to eradicate polio. Since that time, Rotary International in conjunction with our partner agencies, including the Bill Gates Foundation, World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and governments around the world, has achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of polio cases worldwide.
Rotarians stand at the brink of a great victory and look forward to celebrating the global eradication of polio in the near future.

Aqua Box Scheme

These are provided by the Rotary Club of the UK and sent to needy areas and emergency situations. Each box is initially filled with other relief items before being dispatched from the UK.
When the box is emptied of its supplies it is fitted with a water filter that cleans up to 20 refills of water from questionable river or stream supplies. Although this is not a permanent solution it does at least provide clean drinking water for immediate use. Filters are replaced as and when required.

Rotary Shoe Box Scheme

The gift of a shoebox that contains toys, toiletries, educational items or household goods is a drop of happiness to the people of Eastern Europe who live in a world of poverty. For many, it will be the first present that they have ever received and it lets them know that somebody, somewhere cares. 
Last year our club collected some 500 boxes from local schools, organisations and individual donations. If you would like to take part, we would love to hear from you. Please contact: John Vilton at: jpvilton@waitrose.com for further information and assistance.

Since the recent earthquake that devastated Kathmandu and its surrounding area this club, in cooperation with other clubs in the District, have been working with their partners in Nepal to raise funds to reconnect water supplies and drinking water facilities to outlying villages. In addition 170 pylons have been purchased and erected to reconnect villages to the electricity supply. A recent visit to the country by our representative Chris Hardiman and his wife report that work on all fronts is in an advanced state.
It is planned that the next project in Nepal will seek to help equip those village schools currently being constructed to replace those completely destroyed by the earthquake.


Shelter Box Scheme

As its name suggests, a Rotary Shelter Box is a survival kit that typically contains a tent, sleeping bags, water purifying tablets, candles, rope, shovel, windup flashlight, cooking pans, and other essential tools and equipment for ten survivors. Each Shelter Box costs on average 490.00. The Rotary Shelter Boxes will provide a temporary roof for homeless families, in addition to furnishing the basics to help them start their lives over.
Rotary Clubs fund these boxes which when purchased are held centrally, then in the event of a disaster, the boxes are immediately shipped to the required destination and provide immediate survival facilities for 10 people each box.

Birthing Centre in Nepal

Sarkegad Birthing Centre under construction

Sturminster Newton Rotary, in association with a numberof clubs in Dorset and Somerset, has been working with The Nepal Trust, to provide a Birthing Centre at Sarkegad in Nepal's highest and most inaccessible district of Humla in the north west of the country with an altitude ranging from 1,500 to 7,300m
The introduction of Birthing Centres, to satisfy the needs of mothers in isolated areas, is the main thrust of the Nepal Trust's Healthcare programme in an effort to tackle the high infant mortality rates (over 40% of children do not live to the age of 5) and the high maternal labour mortality rates (over 8% of women die during labour) prevalent in the district.
Traditionally expectant mothers would take themselves off to the fields or cow sheds to deliver their babies. It is hoped that with the introduction of Birthing Centres equipped with the medecines and medical equipment necessary to ensure that the best treatment and care possible is provided by the residential Midwives, this will change. Pregnant mothers in the areas served by these Centres, will be encouraged to take full advantage of the pre and post natal facilities offered to them by registering at the clinics..
Construction of the proposed Centre at Sarkegad is now complete and, thanks to the efforts of Chris Hardiman of our club, who has been involved with this project since its inception some two years ago, and to our colleagues in those other Dorset and Somerset clubs who joined with us in raising the necessary funding, it has been announced that the Sarkegad Birthing Centre is now fully funded and expected to be operational by Spring 2015. This is another shining example of how:
                     Rotary can make a difference. 






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