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We talked about the introduction
of Global Grants for Low-Cost
Shelters and Simple Schools last
month, and I thought a few
more words wouldn’t go astray.
The program presents wonderful
opportunities for Rotarians, clubs
and districts to expand their scale
of giving by using Foundation funds
and increasing the level of support
brought to communities in need.
Rotarians across our region have been crying out
for the ability to support people desperately hoping
for a chance at a better life using the Global Grant
process, and now the dream has become a reality. The
opportunity now exists to show that we can make
a difference through better housing and improved
education facilities. During this three-year period
(commencing January 1, 2017) Rotarians should be
looking for ways to make the pilot program a part of
our everyday life.
There are good, sensible conditions attached to both
programs and the over-riding requirements will always
focus on community input and sustainability. Providing
shelters and schools is one thing, but they will achieve
little if we fail to look at all those other elements that
bring the community the skills and abilities to make their
For the shelters, we need to provide financial
management training, enhanced vocational skills and
other abilities that will allow the community to break
out of the poverty cycle and provide a bright future
For the Simple Schools, there must be appropriate
training for the teachers to ensure they bring the very
best to the children so that they grow and learn in an
environment with a future. Global Grants that include
the construction of a school might therefore have an
agreement with the government to staff the school and
provide curriculums to complement the training of the
teachers. It’s not just about a building, it’s about improving
the education level of the 250 million children around the
world not learning the basic skills.
The information regarding both programs is readily
available, so if you require more precise details of
the conditions applicable to these programs, give me
a call on +61 2 8894 9840 or Mark Anderson on
+61 2 8894 9841 and we’ll send them to you.
Let’s make sure this pilot program becomes a part of
our Rotary life forever. That will only happen if we pick
it up, run with it and make it work.
for 100 years
PDG Bruce Allen
By Kalyan Banerjee
Foundation Trustee chair
As we near the end of our year-
long celebration of The Rotary
Foundation’s 100th anniversary,
let’s stop to think about what the
world would be like if Rotarians
had never created an endowment
fund for Doing Good in the World.
I think we can say for certain
that without Rotary’s historic PolioPlus
program, the world would not be on the
verge of eradicating polio. Although public health
officials and governments would have carried out
routine vaccination efforts, it was Rotary’s leadership
and support that provided the impetus to move
beyond containment of the virus to global eradication.
And let’s consider the other diseases our Foundation
grant projects have prevented and treated by providing
access to health care, clean water and adequate
sanitation. Malaria, cholera, HIV/AIDS, Guinea worm
the list goes on and on. How many thousands of
people have avoided suffering and even death because
Rotarians carried out projects?
Without the Foundation, many more people would
have remained illiterate and many others would not
have the vocational skills needed to earn a living and
provide for their families.
And then there is our quest for peace. In 2002, the
first peace fellows started class at the Rotary Peace
Centres. Today, hundreds of our graduates are using
their skills to prevent and mediate conflict and help
those whose lives have been devastated by war.
In villages around the world, you see hundreds of
signs identifying Rotary Foundation projects. They
stand beside water wells and are affixed to clinics and
schools. When I see one of these signs, I feel proud to
be a Rotarian, and I think, “My contributions helped
make this happen.”
Let’s never forget that behind every one of these
signs is a story of the people whose lives have been
touched, and perhaps even saved. It is their stories
that demonstrate conclusively how much better the
world is because The Rotary Foundation exists.
and Simple Schools
– a chance to shine
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