1.2 million members
16 million volunteer hours each year
Internationally we work with Lendwithcare, a microfinance lending website from the development charity CARE International UK. Launched in September 2010, it allows individuals and groups to make small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, and help them work their way out of poverty. Since starting this programme in 2018 we have lent approx. £1,000 but created over 200 jobs in places such as Malawi, Cambodia, Vietnam, Ecuador, Rwanda, Peru and Pakistan
Shelterbox is a registered UK Charity which was founded by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard in 2000. Over the past 20 years they have supported over 1.5 million people to help with recovery after disaster. They endeavour to reach communities often those overlooked by others, to provide vulnerable families with a place to call home. Each disaster is different, and so is every community. They don’t believe that one size fits all, and spend time talking to affected families to make sure they provide the right support at the right time. The contents of each box vary according to the need. Typically, it will include shelter in the form of tents whilst people rebuild their homes. In other disasters, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails are needed to create emergency shelter or to patch-up damaged buildings. Other necessities such as Tool Kits, Warmth (blankets, groundsheets & mattresses), Water containers and purification Kits, Cooking utensils etc. Even the sturdy green Shelterbox is an essential part of the aid range, and not just for storage. Families have used it as a work bench, a wardrobe, a seat, and even a crib! To date the club has funded the purchase of 67 Shelterboxes costing £39,500.
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is now closer than ever. Africa was declared “polio free” in 2020 and only Pakistan and Afghanistan remain to be declared free. As a founding member of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, of which the Bill Gates Foundation has as become a major player, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9% since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease, with our club playing its part in fund raising. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have persuaded governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the cause. Work continues to achieve the objective of a world free of polio by 2023.