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Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

We have written before  about how Aireborough Rotary has supported the Aquabox project to bring clean water to natural and man made disaster areas in our blog Stamping down on Disease: at home and abroad.

Rotary International has the provision of water and sanitation as one of its five objectives and this short blog provides links to follow that work in more detail. Without clean water and sanitation then Rotary’s other development goals in peace,health, literacy and community development are frustrated.  Water and sanitation are crucial for health, education and economic development

Aireborough has also supported for many years the UK based Water Aid charity. A  charity offering practical solutions to providing clean water and efficient sanitation in developing countries. Water Aid

Just how desperate is the need for proper sanitation in many parts of the world can be seen in this short video – with an explanation in English towards the end. 

Sanitation challenges no one should have to face

On a much less disturbing but still water  related topic Aireborough Rotary is shortly going to be helping clean up Tran Beck. Follow our Face Book  page for more details.

If you would like to join us, support us or sponsor us in this work you would be most welcome.  For more information about the Club please find us on Facebook Aireborough Rotary Club

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The Hidden Reason for Poverty

Rotary’s theme for  this month is peace and conflict resolutionWe published two blogs recently detailing the programmes  Rotary runs to promote peace: Giving Peace a Chance and Thinking globally and acting locally: Rotary and Peace the World over.

In this blog we are  highlighting the largely ignored but vital link between poverty and the lack of effective law enforcement in poor communities. As Gary Haugen explains in this thought provoking  TED talk

The Hidden Reason for Poverty

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Gary Haugen and International Justice Mission Team with workers released from bonded labour in Bangalore India. Gary is a Canadian who leads the UN backed International Justice Mission. [ Photo credit: The Rotarian Jan 2017]

If you would like to join us, support us or sponsor us in our peace and conflict resolution work you would be most welcome.  For more information about Aireborough Rotary Club please find us on Facebook Aireborough Rotary Club

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Purple Pinkies to Push Out Polio

Maybe you have already seen people wearing crocus badges around Aireborough. If not,don’t worry,  you should see about 5,000 purple crocuses blooming next Spring  after primary school children across Aireborough have been battling snow and rain to plant crocus corms to help raise money  and awareness of the End Polio Now campaign that Rotary International has been running since the 1980s.crocus_smallpurple-pinkie2

Purple, by the way, is the colour used to mark the pinkie fingers of the children who have been vaccinated  in the final push to eradicate polio completely. Polio, a sometimes fatal, and always  life changing disease  was once endemic in the World. In 1988,for example, there were 350.00 cases world wide and  now:

“There have been just 28 cases of polio across the world in 2016 to 2nd Nov, the lowest ever in a single year, meaning we are closer than ever to eradicating polio once and for all.” [Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland 2016]

We will bring more news and pictures of the success of the crocus bulb planting in the Spring  but in the meantime look out for the  Purple Crocus Badges and perhaps follow  some of the  links below for more information about this inspiring work.

Rotary’s Purple4Polio campaign   with Ade Adapitan Purple4Polio Ambassador.

UNICEF  have a five minute film You are there:on the road to making polio history ,narrated by Ewan McGregor, and a more detailed report on the international partnerships to eradicate polio UNICEF Eradicating polio

Finally if you are really keen there is a 50 minute Rotary International video prepared for    World Polio day Oct 2016

If you would like to join us, support us or sponsor us  in this campaign,or our other community work you would be most welcome.  For more information about the Club please find us on Facebook Aireborough Rotary Club

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Always ready to offer a Hand Up

Rotary has long been committed to giving a hand up to communities and individuals at home and abroad. Though in emergencies we will donate  money   when time permits we are happier helping people to help themselves. We think a  hand up is always preferable to a handout.

For example at community fund raising events like the Sponsored Walk and the Dog Show this year we encouraged young students from  Horsforth School who are going on trip to Borneo next year to run a cake stall and face painting to raise their own money… which we then matched. Similarly the Rotary Club is providing technical advice to the budding gardeners volunteering on the Leeds Trinity University Incredible Edible project. Where they are hoping to feed themselves and their friends for free.

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Aireborough Rotary is also a prize giver in the  events organised by the Yorkshire and Humberside  Young Enterprise Scheme.  A scheme dedicated to the  practical encouragement of  young entrepreneurial and creative skills.

Rotarians across Yorkshire are working together as Rotary Enterprise Ambassadors where they offer their vocational skills and knowledge to people in the community  who need help and guidance for their own personal development. This may involve helping to improve their literacy, numeracy and inter-personal skills. Or perhaps  career guidance or  help to develop a business opportunity.

Fellow Rotarians in Sidcup Kent  have taken this further   with their award winning   Youth Unemployed Scheme    where young people get the long term help they need to  get into the job market.

Its not just at home that Rotary is committed to giving people and  communities a  practical hand up.  Aireborough Rotary has been a long term supporter of  The Trade Aid scheme . There are eight different boxes, like the carpenter’s pictured below, ranging from builder to tailor/seamstress ” Each box contains specially selected supplies needed to provide people with a head start in recovering from a disaster  or to start working for themselves for the first time.”

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A handout of money alone is not going to provide practical  long term support for impoverished people but  a micro loan … ” The provision of a small loan for those who are too poor to have access to conventional financial services” might.  Rotary funds have helped a fund now very  successful  small businesses in Sri Lanka and Nepal and never hand anyone default on repaying their loan.  A similar schemes is promoted by Vision Fund in this short video   Vision Fund: The CEO

If you would like to join us, support us or spnsor us in this work you would be most welcome.  For more information about the Club please find us on Facebook Aireborough Rotary Club

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