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. They no longer pack the Water Boxes in the evening, but there are enough of us in the Club that are retired or self-employed to organise at least two daytime sessions with them. We also usually pledge to support them financially to the tune of £450, the cost of three Water Boxes.
This August WorldWaterWorks was invited to apply to be considered for a Big Give initiative, which, if successful, could double contributions pledged. Our pledge has been made, so, hopefully, six Water Boxes will be provided and paid for in the future to communities suffering from lack of fresh drinking water following a natural disaster. 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 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 President 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. President Mike and I are in the process of negotiating 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. There may be opportunity for Matching Grants, here, but discussions are still in an embryonic stage so the costs and values of our contribution are as yet unknown. All we can say is, ‘Watch this space – this could be a big one’! For more informamtion log on to www.nepaltrust.org
A need for School In A Bag kits in our areas of operation in Nepal has been identified and we shall investigate a possible link-up of the two projects.
The Langport Arms