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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.

Guatemala Literacy Project

Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I’m contacting you to ask you to consider the Guatemala Literacy Project ( in your planning of your International activities.

We in Kenilworth Rotary have tended to focus on Literacy & Education along with Water over the past several years; Guatemala’s needs are great and were highlighted from our involvement over some years with a small charity ( ) run by the Maya Child Care, a charity registered in the UK. They always need your help.

Shelter Box briefing


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

As recently highlighted in a communication from Rotary International, ShelterBox and Rotary share an incredibly strong and effective partnership. But it is clubs like yours that make the real difference to families around the world who have lost everything.

We need your help as much now as we always have done. I’d like to take this opportunity to talk a little more about how Rotary is making a difference to families and more ways you can get involved.

Making a difference…

Update on Flooding Crisis in Serbia and Bosnia From the RIBI International Committee

The International Committee has been asked what RIBI is doing to help in the above disaster. You should be aware that RIBI do not have the facilities to take direct action, but we do have feedback from the Box Schemes, some Clubs and other agencies. 

SHELTER BOX - Reports from Bosnia indicate that there is no longer need for shelter or water as water stations are now operational. However, Serbia has asked for limited help and 200 Shelter Boxes have been sent. 

District 1060 Sand Dams Project

Bob Mowle


District 1060 Sand Dams Project 2014

This Project is to build one or more Sand Dams in a needy location in the African dry-lands, probably in Kenya, to capture clean water near communities, rather than several hours walk away, and agriculture aimed to achieve food security. The exact location will be determined when we know how much money clubs are prepared to donate.  Our project will be part of an RIBI programme being led by Rotary Partners Excellent Development and Districts 1140 and 1250. 


Heavy rains caused floods and landslides in several parts of the country. Most affected: Cochabamba department. According to the latest report some 60,000 families have been displaced or otherwise affected by heavy rainfall, floods and mudslides in 127 municipalities. The following message was received on our website -   'Please let me know if you could help us aid some of the more than 50,000 families hurt or displaced by the recent severe floodings Bolivia is undergoing. 


During January and February severe flooding forced some 100 families to evacuate their homes in the villages and farmsteads of the affected area. Rotary District 1200 established a reception and distribution warehouse to provide essential items for the displaced families. The trustees of Worldwaterworks Limited maintained contact with Rotarian David Welch, the Flood Relief Co-ordinator, and offered to supply such stock items as we hold that may be needed.


Thanks  to the very significant response of Rotary Clubs across RIBI and Scandinavia we were able to send a total of 800 Water-Survival Boxes that were distributed by our partner aid agency Humanity First to displaced families in the Western Visayas area of the Central Philippines. With your help we have since been gradually building our stock ready for ‘the next one’. 

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - March 2014

The March newsletter is available for download here and contains articles on:

'A Foundation for the Future' - The New Grant Structure

The Rotary Foundation’s New Grant Structure is presented in PowerPoint, which can be used by clubs that are considering making an application for funding through the New Grant Structure. It covers; the Rotary Foundation District Grant, The Rotary Foundation Global Grant, the funding and application process for both grants.

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