Rotary Club has been providing humanitarian services and encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations for over a century, and has been fundamental in building goodwill and peace around the world.
Rotary Clubs (operated by Rotary International) are secular organisations that provide support irrespective of caste, creed, religion, ethnicity and colour. Developed in 1905 in the USA, Rotary follows the primary motto which states "Service above self".The most notable current global project of Rotary has been the “Polio Plus" campaign which targets the global eradication of polio by contributing over 850 million USD and hundreds of thousands of volunteer-hours to help wipe out the disease.
Rotary also has a worldwide mandate on facilitating an increase in rates of literacy. Through its ambassadorial scholarship, Rotary has funded the edcuation of more than 38,000 men and women from 100 nations and enabled them to study abroad. Its library project, which was launched in India last year, has funded the developments of libraries in numerous schools, providing the first key step in promoting sustainability - education.
The excitement I’ve seen when new library books are delivered is palpable. Children immediately start reading out loud and calling out to each other. “‘I have a book on penguins!’ ‘Here’s Kabir the Weaver-Poet!’”
At more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, you'll find members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio.
One remarkable example of Rotary's contribution to sustainability is reflected in its project to bring clean water and sanitation to more than 1,800 villagers in the Thane district of North West India. According to Rotary's website "the project would benefit about 350 households in nine villages in the Supi River watershed, where villagers are trying to eke out living growing rice. According to the detailed plan, a cluster of latrines would also be built in each village, along with washing basins and cattle troughs. Trenching and diesel pumps would be used for irrigation so the villagers can grow vegetables along with the rice. Adults and schoolchildren would receive instruction in hygiene and its impact on disease and health."
The commendable initiatives of organisations like Rotary directly impact the lives of the underprivileged while simultaneously working on issues, like climate change, that affect the entire population.
Author: Ajay Pal Singh Chabba/ RESET editorial
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