May - January, 2020

 
Rotarian Joe Williams 
Rotary Club of Durango Daybreak
"The Power of Light"
 
 
 
Rotary cares deeply about easing poverty and building more sustainable lives for the for the 800 million people who live on less than $1.90 per day.  We use training for well paying jobs, entrepreneurship and programs that empower women, key to ending family poverty, as tools in this effort.  
Rotarians all over the world reach out to communities to assist them with needs that might seem simple to us such as lights. 
 
In Colorado, residents of the Navajo Nation are sometimes too isolated or too poor to afford electricity.  The nearby Durango Daylight Rotary Club envisioned a way to overcome those obstables.  See the project describe their efforts below and read how the "power of light" enables silversmiths to work at dark and in winter, children to study in the evening and homeowners to safely venture outside after dark.  
 
 
 
 
 
Emily Paver "The Guatemala Literacy Project"
Talk for Rotary E-club of Silicon Valley
 
 
 
The Guatemala Literacy Project, an excellent example of Rotary's support of education,  focuses on reading, textbooks, computers, and youth development.  Each of these areas are effected by extensive systemic poverty, illiteracy and inequality which is complicated by racism, malnutrition and high rates of illiteracy.  Since 1996, 608 Rotary clubs in Canada, the US, Europe and the Cayman Islands have cooperated to provide services and resources to improve lives.  This project is actively supported by the E-Club of District 6600, Ohio Pathways, who raise funds and also send a team to volunteer in Guatemala each summer.  Below Emily Paver reports on the project to the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley.  
 
 
 
Safeema Hussain "A Bold Plan to Emplower 1.6 Million  Girls in India"
Ted Talk 
 
 
 
 
Rotary is committed to strengthening  basic education, ending gender disparity and promoting adult literacy.  Many Rotary  and Rotarct clubs around the world support these efforts by building libraries, training teachers, supporting teenaged girls with menstrual products and advocating for adult education.  
 
Some people think really big.  Consider Safeena Husain who plans to reach 1.6 million girls using traditional door to door contact as well as advanced analytics.  
 
 
Zubaida Bai "$2 Clean Birth KIts"
Ted Talk
 
 
 
 Sometimes the solution to a big problem is small.  Zubaida Bai describes how the creation of a simple birth kit, containing rudimentary items, was enough to save many babies and mothers.  Rotary and Rotaract clubs around the world have supported this project, helping Rotary reach it's goal to help mothers and children live and have a chance for a healthy, productive life.  
 
 
 
 
 
Miriam Sidibe  "The Simple Power of Handwashing"
TedTalk
 
 
 
High quality health care is critical to mothers and children to prevent the more than 5.9 million estimated deaths of children under five who die each year from malnutrition, poor sanitation and inadequate health care.  Rotarians save lives by focusing on health care, education and economic opportunities which allow mothers and children to have productive lives.  In addition, reducing violence against women and children which may affect more than 30% of women is a focus of many Rotary projects around the world.  
 
 
 
 
 
Michael Pritchard   "Lifesaver Water Purification Bottle"
TED talk 
 
 
 
Rotary believes that water, sanitation and hygiene  (WASH) are necessities that should be available to everyone.  There is no other issue that affects education the economy, equality and progress like access to water and sanitation.  Over many years, the efforts of clubs around the world have become increasing sophisticated, moving from bore wells to filters to infrastructure in countries where it could be added  Partnering with many health and UN agencies,  Rotary has placed a particular focus on Belize, Guatemala, India and Kenya where the need was greatest.  This video describes an individual filter which is not commonly used by many current Rotary projects but is still important for disasters and in places where infrastructure is unavailable.

WASRAG, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, is one of the most active Rotarian groups, sponsoring hundreds of lifesaving projects around the world.
 
 
Rotarian Mark Ballard  "Toilet Humor is Serious Business"
Tedx
 
 
 
Rotarians care about water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and as people of action, work hard to make water and sanitation improvements sustainable in communities around the world.   Rotarians in Lebanon, the Phillipines, and many African and South American countries have cooperated with local leaders and government health agencies to assess needs, build infastructure and educate community members to maintain their new facilities.  For example, in Lebanon, every Rotary club in the country came together with international health organizations such as UNICEF, World Vision and the Red Cross to develop a program to provide clean water to every public school in the country.  These efforts are supported by one of the most active Rotarian Action groups, WASRag, who provide technical support and encouragement.  
 
Watch Rotarian Mark Ballard talk about his experiences sharing clean water and sanitation.
 
 
 
Dr. James Logan  "How Dogs Can Help us Sniff Out Malaria"
Ted Talk
 
 
Although  Rotary's efforts to eradicate polio are well-known, many Rotarians focus on other dangerous diseases.  Malaria as well as HIV/AIDs, diabetes, and MS, has long plagued many tropical areas of the world.  Watch how dogs may someday be able to sniff out malaria carriers. 
 
 
 
 
2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany 
 
 
Rotary is using new technology to combat the challenges of the last few cases of polio, often found in areas of conflict.   Dr. Ujala Nyyar, Provincial Surveillance Officer, World Health Organization and Michael Zaffran, Director of Polio Eradication, World Health Organization, describe the techniques that have been developed to combat distance, conflict, and misinformation.  Cellphones and text messages power this fight around the world.  
 
These techniques have now proven useful in combating other diseases as well. 
 
 
International Peace Institute   "Children, Youth and Peacebuilding"
 
 
 
While Rotary has many peacebuilding programs of it's own, Rotarians also participate in and support peace efforts around the world.  This conference encouraged children and youth to share their experiences fleeing violence and advocating for peace.  
 
 
 
Rotary Peace Fellow Summer Lewis
 
 
There are many forms of peace.  Among many initiatives, Rotary supports programs that work to end bullying,  prevent and support victims of domestic violence,  rebuild lives for refugees, and dispel myths and stereotypes that create conflict.  
 
Rotary supports seven Peace Centers that offer fellowships to leaders from around the world to study peace.  The newest one recently opened at Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.  In addition, frequent Presidential Peace Conferences and Peace Conferences prior to International Conferences are held.    Positive Peace as described by Rotary's partner, the Institute for Economics and Peace,  is one of the concepts taught in those programs, and we may find it relevant to many issues we face personally and in our local and national communities. To learn more, see the online Peace Academy for all Rotarians and/or join the Rotary Action Group for Peace, a collection of individual Rotarians interested in peacemaking.