• Fighting Disease

    Since 1979, Rotarians around the world have worked to eradicate polio on our planet. Since the launch of the original initiative, the global incidence of polio cases has decreased by 99 percent. In March 2014 India, once deemed the most difficult place to end polio, was declared polio-free, making the entire Southeast Region polio-free.

    As of February 11, 2014, Africa had no new cases of wild polio virus in six months, though the continent must mark three full years without a new case to be officially declared polio-free by World Health Organization. Until polio is stopped in the remaining endemic areas, all countries must maintain high levels of surveillance and immunization rates to rapidly detect any importation of the poliovirus and minimize its impact. Now that 99 percent of the world’s population lives in regions certified polio-free, the goal of eradication is closer than ever.

    For more information on what you can do to advocate, education and donate for the eradication of polio please visit www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/take-action/end-polio.

  • providing Clean Water

    Because clean water is a basic need, Rotary International supports projects that focus on providing clean water and setting up basic sanitation systems. Unfortunately, an estimated 3,000 children die every day from diseases that could be prevented if they had access to clean water and better sanitary conditions. This motivates our Rotary members to build wells, new infastructure and sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Our members also teach the local people how to maintain the new structure and system, promote good hand-washing and educate them on good hygiene.

  • Supporting Education

    An area of focus for Rotary both Internationally and locally, is to support basic education and literacy. The Rotary International Humanitarian Grant Program is at work throughout the world helping people in every country gain life-changing literacy skills. Foundation grants provide books, school supplies, computers, and other educational equipment. With Foundation support, clubs are adopting failing schools and helping them thrive.

  • Promoting Peace

    Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

  • Saving Mothers & Children

    At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and support trained health care providers for mothers and their children. Our projects ensure sustainability by empowering the local community to take ownership of health care training programs.

  • Growing Local Economies

    Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also help strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.