Rotary, USAID collaboration improves sanitation facilities in Ghana
According to a 2012 report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization, Ghana has made great strides in providing its people with clean drinking water. But access to better sanitation has lagged. Only about 14 percent of Ghanaians have access to improved facilities, compared with the 54 percent target set for 2015 by the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Addressing the issue isn't simple, as pit latrines need emptying, toilets need maintenance, and promoting hygiene requires education. The H2O Collaboration, a partnership between Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International...
How a simple school project in India became a global grant
Two years ago, U.S. Rotary members in Maine set out to improve the education system in Bikaner, Rajasthan, an Indian city near the border of Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Kennebunk Portside chose Bikaner because club member Rohit Mehta was originally from the area and had connections there. Mehta put the club in contact with Rotarians in India to provide desks for four government-run schools. But when community leaders returned with a request for more desks, the Maine Rotarians decided they had to think bigger. The Rotary Foundation had rolled out its new grant model, which required that the...
Korean sailor makes waves for End Polio Now
Enjoying calm winds and peaceful Pacific waters, Seung Jin Kim dove off his 43-foot sailboat, the Arapani, to swim with some dolphins nearby. The serenity that day near the equator was a stark contrast to the 60 mph winds and 23-foot waves he had to fight around Cape Horn, the southern tip of South America. But Kim, a veteran sailor and member of the Rotary Club of Seokmun, in Chungcheongnam, Korea, expected such challenges when he set out in mid-October on a 25,600-mile journey around the world. In addition to fulfilling a lifelong dream, Kim is using the trip to raise awareness and funds...
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The Rotary Club of Chicopee presented Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to three deserving individuals who have provided extraordinary service to their communities. The event was held on Thursday April 30 at the Munich Haus in Chicopee, and honored John R. Beaulieu, Ronald R. Belair and James P. Kelly. Thanks to Kathi Donahue and her committee for all their hard work. See photos above
Rotarians helped the Easter Bunny provide baskets to 16 Kid's Club participants at the Gray House. The egg hunt and distribution of the baskets was held at the Gray House's Sheldon Street location on Thursday April 2. Hubie Gottschlicht provided dinner for the kids, Rotarians, Gray House staff and volunteers. See photos above
Thank you to all who helped make our January Club Raffle a success. With your support we were able to raise $2,700 to be earmarked for local projects. Congratulations to all the winners!