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We are keen to promote the work that many of you are involved in in District 1060 as well as keep you informed of the work done in RIBI and RI international. Please ask if you have any queries and we will do our best to help you. Our policy is to try and provide as much information through newsletters and links to websites as we can to help clubs find international projects. And to help clubs with projects to find clubs to support them. We will also support RIBI initiatives in responding to disasters - normally clubs should donate to the box projects or support any national appeals through DEC which are advertised. 

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Rotary Service Connections

Thanks for your enthusiasm - Bob Mowle and all the members of the District International Service Committee

Further information is available here


The Story of the End of Polio


For the latest information from RI visit the RI Polio Home Page .



Rotary Disaster Relief

Peter Mayer has presented the work that Rotary does, towards improving the conditions of those who are suffering in the wake of disasters around the globe. This power point presentation will be useful to clubs and Rotarians who are interested in promoting the work of charities such as; S.A.R.A.I.D, International Rescue Corps Mozambique, Life Straw, Water Survival Box and Aqua Box.

RIBI International Service Committee Newsletter - March 2014

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

Guatemala Literacy Project - Tour of Guatemala

The primary aim of GLP is to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through literacy and education, often in the seriously underprivileged Mayan communities.

John Stanton from the Rotary Club of Kenilworth has recently returned from a tour of Guatemala where he visited the Guatemala Literacy Project in action. Rotarians from the USA, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the UK and Rotary International, joined with non Rotarians and GLP staff to enjoy this experience. The Tour covered 15 schools, with presentations on each of the 4 literacy programmes in different locations.

Disaster Aid UK + Ireland

Disaster Aid International is an umbrella for Disaster Aid UK + Ireland, Disaster Aid USA and Disaster Aid Australia. In the UK, Disaster Aid incorporated a product called LIFEBOX which was the very first Rotary Emergency Box, dating back to 1975 and a Rotary project of Denton and Audenshaw Rotary Club.

Thanks from Disaster Aid!

I thank you for the opportunity given to Disaster Aid in November to address your District. The Philippines crisis is not a headline story for the media anymore but the underlying work that still remains to be done there will take longer than a few months.

I can report that Disaster Aid are still and will continue to do so, working with our NGO Balay Mindanow, on the ground, as a Response Team. They are doing great work rebuilding family lives and communities.

Walter Thomas



Many thanks to the following Clubs that combined to pledge the target of £7000 – (District 1200 – Bathavon; Bradford on Avon; Chelwood Bridge; Chippenham; Langport and Somerton; Midsomer Norton and Radstock; Minehead and the Quantocks; Shepton Mallet; and Weymouth; District 1260 – Amwell).

The second phase in the process involves donations to be made online from 10:00 am on 5 December. Providing we can attract a further £14000 whilst the Challenge Funds are available we will benefit from an extra £7000 in matched funding. The final target is £28000 (sufficient to pay for 200 standard Water-Survival Boxes) and hopefully we can exceed that as we did last year.

Teddy Bear Project - cuddly toys to go to the Philippines!

Dear Rotary Friends

At 23:45 hours last night the last of the 2,184 Teddys and their cuddly friends set out on a long journey to Silloth-on-Solway, Cumbria via Ashford, Kent and will be at their destination later this morning.

RIBI International Committee Newsletter January 2014

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

RIBI International Commitee Newsletter December 2013

A slightly shorter December newsletter is available for download here with a thought for the Christmas / Holiday period and an overview of an article published in The Rotary Foundation's Humanitarian Cadre Autumn publication.

Have fun

Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines.

The RIBI International Committee has spoken to all the 4 Disaster Box schemes and can report that Shelter Box already have a team on the ground in the Philippines and are utilising boxes in the country with more being shipped. Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland, and Water Survival Box have all received requests for help.

For immediate response please support these four box schemes.

In addition donations to the “RIBI Donation Trust” can be sent to Alcester and this money will be allocated by the Trustees to suitable projects that will bring help to those affected by the storm.

Please remember that some of our box schemes are also working hard to support the Syrian refugees and therefore their funding is under considerable pressure.


Biggest storm in history hits the Philippines - ShelterBox


Typhoon Haiyan has caused unimaginable devastation and suffering in the Philippines. With winds of 195mph, the typhoon is the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall and current reports indicate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives. It has been reported that at least 630,000 people have been displaced and are in desperate need of emergency shelter, food and clean drinking water.

ShelterBox is already responding and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed with our response efforts so far, so that you can share this information with the clubs in your district.How is ShelterBox responding?

A ShelterBox Response Team was already in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, helping following last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged 34,000 homes. The team are now busy helping local people cope with the aftermath of not only an earthquake but now one of the most powerful storms on record.

A further two ShelterBox Response Teams are en route to the Philippines to assist with coordinating our response in-country. ShelterBox’s response will focus in three of the badly affected regions – Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. Reports are coming in of 80-90% damage of some towns in these provinces

Philippines appeal | Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland 

Philippines appeal

In response to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is calling for donations to the four Rotary supported survival box projects, Shelterbox, Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland and Water Survival Box, in order that they can provide immediate aid to the area.

Shelterbox already has a team in the disaster zone distributing boxes which contain water purification tablets, a tent, toothpaste, soap and other items needed in an emergency situation. In addition, RIBI is calling for donations to the disaster fund set up by the RIBI Donations Trust. The trust was set up in 2007 to enable Rotary clubs to pool funds to support the reconstruction of communities following major disasters, such as rebuilding schools and hospitals. Its trustees will decide how best to spend the money to help the Philippines get back on its feet.

RIBI President, Nan McCreadie said: “The Rotary supported box charities will provide people with a supply of clean water and other essential items to help them survive the immediate aftermath of the disaster. However, the area will require a significant amount of rebuilding in the long term and it is vital that people are aware that help continues to be needed long after the story has disappeared from our TV screens.”

To make a donation to help the people of the Philippines, please send cheques made payable to RIBI Donations Trust to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB.

Monday, 11 November 2013

Bohol Earthquake - Philippines

A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake has hit Bohol Island. 183 are reported killed and thousands are homeless.

Disaster Aid have deployed three DART's and a team leader; two from the UK, one from the USA and one from Australia.

We are helping to rebuild lives in a small community, worst hit and in need, by providing 100 tents, one village sky hydrant and two community tents, initially used as triage field hospitals.

Donations are urgently needed to help us with our work.

The Power of Rotary in Action !

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Rotary Shoebox Scheme

At our main warehouse we are now becoming busy again as orders from clubs arrive for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. We always seem to have more requests for filled boxes than we can supply and so need even more clubs to be involved in this unique International Project.

District 1010 has always been a big supporter but this year their clubs are out to surpass even their earlier efforts by aiming to fill 13,000 boxes in their district alone.

International Service - Sand Dams - Club interest in District 1060

District 1060 Involvement in a Sand Dams Project

The current RI Global Grant funding via clubs in RIBI for the building of Sand Dams in Kenya with "Excellent Development" is well advanced and scheduled for completion in September 2013. Through the involvement of District International Service Chairs in RIBI, the commencement of the funding of the next phase is underway. 16 Districts in RIBI have expressed a wish to be involved and I have included District 1060.

RIBI International Committee Newsletter - August and September

The August & September newsletters are available for download here.

Rotary Showcase is an excellent way of highlighting the excellent work done by Rotarians throughout RIBI, please continue to share your International projects.


Mike Parry, International Service Chairman



Funds urgently needed for Syrian refugees

All Please see the following report on the RIBI website

The RIBI International Committee met in Alcester earlier this week and discussed the humanitarian crisis in the countries bordering with Syria. Over 2 million people are now living in refugee camps and the numbers are increasing by the day. The committee have contacted the Rotary Disaster Box Schemes and only ShelterBox and Aquabox are actively getting their boxes into the area. Other schemes have no plans to give support at this time.

SARAID's annual exercise October 2013

It will soon be time for SARAID's annual Phase 2 exercise. Phase 2 is a realistic exercise where SARAID simulate a real life disaster situation in order for members to use the skills they have learnt. For current operational members it is a chance to brush up on skills, and for some of our "newbies" it is their big assessment, which if they pass can become operational members.

Rotary Shoebox Scheme

During the past two years we have seen orders for our Rotary Shoeboxes fall by 20%. This has resulted in us not being able to supply all the areas where humanitarian aid, in the form of these shoebox gifts, is still requested and needed. While we understand that the current economic problems in this country could account for some of this shortfall, we believe that many Rotary clubs have simply forgotten that the scheme still needs shoebox gifts for Eastern European countries.

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