International Projects Committee -

Chairman Stephen Higginbotham

Disaster Fund: At the start of each year we earmark £500 to enable us to make immediate response to any International disaster. Further funds can be raised at any time, should it be necessary. 2018/19 witnessed a number of disasters both man made and natural, and the club provided funds for the Indian flood relief (£500) and the Indonesian tsunami disaster (£1100) in September and October of 2018. More recently in March 2019 a sum of £1100 was donated for the Cyclone disaster in Africa. Some of the specific projects we will be supporting in the year 2019/2020 will be as follows: Embocraft/Phakama community project, Kwa/Zulu Natal. We have long supported the Embocraft community project of Kwa/Zulu Natal, an area devastated by poverty. Our financial contribution 2019 was £500. Our past president, David Blundell, has a close relationship with this charity and delivered 2019’s cheque directly to them in South Africa. The funds were earmarked to help alleviate the devastating affects of HIV aids in the region. The project is based close to the Inanda Dam where the population of 25,000 is exclusively Zulu-speaking, with 88% considered poor. HIV/AIDS is endemic. Embocraft conducts skills training to develop products which can both benefit households and generate income. Those taking part learn to sew both for themselves and their community. The project is actively supported by the local Hillcrest Rotary Club and donated funds from Royston have already been used to purchase industrial electric sewing machines. Building Malawi: This year we are also building a connection with a UK based Malawi charity that provides libraries schools and sports facilities in Lilongwe, the Malawian capital. This charity , Building Malawi is committed to improving opportunities for children by building infrastructure and facilities which are then handed over to local Malawian organisations to fund and run. Lend With Care: This organisation provides micro-financing to local entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries, allowing them to become self-sufficient.. We have invested in over six dozen entrepreneurs via Lend With Care for the last six years and will continue to do so. To see more of what we do click here to see our Lend With Care page Charity Curry Night: The club ran a successful Curry night at the Yuva restaurant last November (2018) when we raised £250 to help supply clean water in disaster areas through the use of LifeStraws. We will continue this enjoyable evening in the current Rotary year.
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