Rotary’s six areas of focus

 

Rotary’s six areas of focus: After Kevin Kelly’s entertaining and enlightening presentation on The Rotary Foundation last week, it seems an appropriate time to refresh ourselves on the complete range of Rotary’s good work. You surely know about eradicating polio. It is, of course, our showcase effort but did you know that Rotary is also dedicated to building international relationships, improving lives, and creating a better world to support our peace efforts? As represented in the graphic above, the six areas are:

Promoting peace
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.

Fighting disease
We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas.

Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term.

Saving mothers and children
Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

Supporting education
More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Growing local economies
We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.

Click here  for the home page of all six areas. To learn even more about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, you will want to set up a My Rotary account. Less than a quarter of our membership have done so. Click here or look for the My Rotary link at top of the home page of www.rotary.org. John White can help if you need any.