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.      Some   of   the   specific   charities   or   projects   we   hope   to   support   during   the   Rotary   year   2017/2018   are   as follows:- Embocraft/Phakama community project, Kwa/Zulu Natal. The   project   is   designed   to   empower   the   people   of   an   area   devastated   by poverty.   It   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.   Rotarians in   Hillcrest   have   been   actively   involved   in   Phakama   since   inception,   as   has   a representative   from   Royston   Rotary   Club   (David   Blundell).      Our   District   1080     agreed   a   grant   of   £500   towards   this   project   and   we   were   runners   up   for   the John   Grant   Trophy,   which   is   awarded   each   year   in   1080   to   the   Club   which achieves the best and most effective international service project. Our    efforts    in    Kwa/Zulu    were    recorded    by the    local    Royston    Crow    newspaper    with    a half-page    feature    in    May    2017,    under    the headline   Royston   Rotarians   raise   cash   to help poor communities in South Africa Our   video   shows   a   group   of   the   Zulu   ladies breaking   into   spontaneous   song   as   they   are presented      with      the      sewing      machines purchased     with     money     sent     by     Royston Rotary.    The    video    was    made    by    Rotarian David   Blundell   at   the   Embocraft   project   at Hillcrest     Kwa/Zulu     Natal.     The     project     is supported jointly with Hillcrest rotary   Mercy ships:   In   recent   years   the   Mercy   Ships    fleet   have   visited   hundreds   of   ports   bringing   lasting   change   to   millions   of   lives.      The   organisation   is   committed to      increasing   access   to   health   care   throughout   the   world,   serving   the   poor   regardless   of   race.   Its   ship,      the   Africa   Mercy,   is   the   world’s   largest charitable   floating   hospital   with   five   state-of-the-art   operating   theatres.   We   have   had   a   presentation   by   a   representative   of   Mercy   Ships   during the past year and have made a financial donation to the organisation. Charity Curry Night We   hope   to   continue   the   very   successful   Charity   Curry   Night   to   raise   money   to   supply   clean   water   in   disaster   areas   through   the   use   of   LifeStraws or similar equipment.
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President: David Blundell

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