As a global organisation, Rotary Clubs are encouraged to consider how they can support international projects, often using the Foundation as part of the funding package.
These projects are often undertaken with host Clubs in the country of the project.
Our Club also supports three projects managed by others from Somerset that make an enormous positive impact around the world.
WorldWaterWorks – We have been involved with this project since Chelwood Bridge started it, supporting with donation and physical help. We usually pledge to support them financially to the tune of £450, the cost of three Water Boxes, but thanks to the generosity of the people of Langport & Somerton, we will be donating £600 to purchase 4 such boxes to go out to the Caribean to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.
Further information at www.worldwaterworks.org
School In A Bag – We have supported Luke Simon and his family financially and physically since the inception of the Piers Simon Trust Appeal, and continued that support when the
Trust metamorphosed into School In A Bag. We aimed to organise at least two packing trips during the year, but the charity has been inundated with requests of this type of help so we are organising
offsite packing sessions to collate some of the smaller individual items into packages which will ease the eventual bag-packing process. Our first session is organised for September, when we will be
sorting pencils and crayons into pencil cases in the comfort of a Rotarians home!
Further information at www.schoolinabag.org
Nepal Trust – Rotary International have long supported this charity, but we have the direct involvement on the ground (or should that be ‘up a mountain’?) by two members of this Club, the Past-President Mike Gillingham being one of them. Another expedition is being planned on behalf of the charity which will, in all probability, include at least one of our members.
Mike has successuly negotiated with the Nepal Trust to investigate and identify an aim or objective to supply materials or equipment as part of that expedition that we, as a Rotary Club, can identify, sponsor and fund and we have invested £1500 for such projects.
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