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International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. It includes everything from contributing to PolioPlus to helping Rotary Youth Exchange students adjust to their host countries.

Azad Choudhury 'Annual Curry' fundraising dinner

Monika Badham

The Azad Choudhury Academy Fundraising Dinner is becoming a bit of an institution each year. Members of both Solihull and Birmingham Rotary clubs, with their guests, enjoy a wonderful meal and hear an update on the inspiring work that is being doen at the Academy

Save the date for World Polio Day 2014!



World Polio Day: 24 October 2014

World Polio Day is quickly approaching on October 24th. This is a chance for Rotarians, clubs, and districts across the world to come together to fight polio. There are many ways you could mark the day. Dedicate your club meeting to focus on Rotary’s work to end polio that week. Community fundraisers on/around World Polio Day are great a way to raise awareness of our cause in the general public.  You could take the opportunity to remind government officials to support the global commitment to a polio free world- Rotary’s top priority. On World Polio Day, wear your End Polio Now pin and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Bwengu Projects - Working in Africa

Bwengu Projects is a small NGO run by Sue & Tony Melia.

Each year we work in north Malawi, completing various building projects of local village schools, churches and medical centers and generally supporting the community. Part of our work is in the provision of self managing food projects providing for orphans and other children.

                                          Our 10th year - Working In Africa

We have now booked our flights to Africa, we fly out 14th Sept. This will be our shortest stay in the 10 years we have been travelling to Malawi, staying for just 1 month. Sue will carry out an evaluation of the various additional education projects that have taken place in 2014.  The effect of the introduction of solar lighting within 3 classrooms has changed the thinking of many within the villages. The best evidence of this can be shown in the letter we received from the Head Teacher of Luzi School for June school reports.

Our plan is to offer these same education projects to other secondary school communities in 2014/15.   Volunteers wishing to work in Africa, we now have the organisational structure in place if any one wishes to travel out to Malawi. There are a number of interesting projects available.

We also are looking for any spare or discarded mobile phones and lap top computers these we will take with us in September when we travel out to Malawi.

For further information email  for project fact sheet and other questions you may have or go to 

Manaca School Project/Team Triathlon fundraiser

Manaca School Project

The building work for the Manaca School project described in our June newsletter is now well underway. Photos are on our Facebook posting. For more information, and to find out how you can help us with this project download our information sheet.

Team Triathlon fundraiser

I am President of Roborough Rotary Club (the sponsor of Literacy in a Box) this year and I will be doing the cycling leg of an Olympic distance Team Triathlon on 6th September. Last year's President will be swimming and next years President will be running. We are raising money for Literacy in a Box and Right to Play but the option exists to support just one of these two charities. More details are on our Virgin Money Giving events page.

Projects in Tanzania

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Photographs taken by Brian Sharp at the lunchtime meeting of Coventry North Rotary Club on 12th August 2014 when Laurence Wood told us about life as a obstetrician in Tanzania.

Southeast Asia is polio-free

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Help us build on this milestone and eradicate polio worldwide

Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the face of the earth received an anticipated shot of good news in March when the World Health Organization (WHO) certified its Southeast Asia region as poliofree. The 11-country region is home to more than 1.8 billion people and over 25 percent of the world’s population.

Read more 

Make a donation to help end polio now 

Find resources to help spread the word


On 1 Apr 2014, a 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the shallow depths near the Chilean coast, 95 km Northwest of Iquique. It was the largest in a sequence of earthquakes in northern Chile that started on 1 Jan 2014. A tsunami alert was issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and later extended to Colombia and Panama; tsunami watches were issued for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Timely alert messages allowed for the evacuation of close to 1 million people in areas with high tsunami risk on the coast of Chile and Easter Island. Six people were killed, around 2,000 houses near Iquique were damaged, and power and utility network interruptions, minor flooding and landslides affecting roads were reported.

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - July 2014

The July Newsletter is available for download here and contains articles on:

  • Rotary Doctor Bank in Great Britain & Ireland
  • Fellowship of Physicians
  • The Pain Relief Dental Clinic in the Punjab
  • Rotary Action Groups- Slavery- Peace- Water & Sanitation
  • Saudi Arabia - MERS virus
  • Sand Dam Projects Progress
  • Champions for Change

Enjoy 2014-15 as you hopefully have fun Lighting up Rotary,

Mike Parry, International Service Chairman

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - June 2014

The June Newsletter is available for download here and contains articles on:

  • InterCountry Committees (ICC)
  • Second Sight
  • Boxing Clever (Shelterbox)
  • Kenya - May 2014

Azad Choudhury Academy in Bangladesh

Monika Badham
Barry Badham talking about the Azad Choudhury Foundation

Update on the Azad Choudray Foundation Soon to be Solihull Rotary President Monika Badham, and her husband, Barry have for a number of years been supporting a project called the Azad Choudray Academy in Bangladesh. Barry, a member of Birmingham Rotary, came to Solihull to update members on progress.

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