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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