World Wide Eradication of Polio
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sarkegad Birthing Centre under construction
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
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
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:
can make a difference.