Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) provide assistance and support to Rotary clubs and districts in planning and implementing community development and humanitarian service projects. They are organized by committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotary program participants and alumni who have expertise and a passion for a particular type of service. The  Disaster Network of Assistance Rotarian Action Group (DNA RAG) works to develop an interactive network of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and their spouses, and other Rotary-affiliated groups to assist with disaster preparedness, communication, and recovery on a worldwide basis. 

DNA RAG attempts to provide day by day communication on disasters that might affect Rotarians any place upon on our planet, provide information on the disasters and then allow local Rotarians to share their needs assessments, response programs, projects, methods, and funding options, so others can assist.

 

Here are some of the recent projects on which they provided assistance: 

 

School Rebuilding in Nepal – DNA RAG worked to fully furnish schools in Nepal by constructing toilet blocks, cisterns, and computer labs, among other things. The RAG drafted the project’s Global Grant application and continues to provide funds for school improvement in the area.

 

Disaster Relief & Recovery Committee in Rotary Districts 7020 and 7030 – This was a series of 25 projects that included rebuilding schools, sanitizing local water sources, and training teachers and health workers in communities that were affected by hurricanes in 2017. In addition to submitting the funding proposals, the DNA RAG worked with local communities to ensure that the projects were successfully implemented.

 

Hurricane Maria Recovery Assistance – The DNA RAG sent funds to District 7000 to assist in disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. 

 

The DNA RAG hopes to provide workshops to help Rotarians, Rotary Clubs, Rotary Districts and Rotary Zones establish disaster committees and working plans, anticipating disasters without knowing the exact nature, timing, or scope of what may be confronted, in anticipation of any type of disaster.  The RAG looks to develop coordination among all affected Rotary Clubs and Districts involved, and seeks to communicate not only to the Rotary world but to all those concerned, the extent of the RAGs efforts and success.  Furthermore, the DNA RAG seeks to develop a global membership with the ability to share and provide expertise in disaster relief and long-term recovery and rebuilding, through fellow Rotarians.  Finally, the RAG wants to become a bridge to stimulating the long term recovery and the rebuilding of communities hit by disaster. 

 

For more information, see: www.dna-rag.com, and https://www.facebook.com/DNA.RAG/


There are 25 such RAGs working across Rotary and around the world today. Interested in learning more, joining such a group, contributing your expertise or starting an Action Group? See: https://my.rotary.org/en/take-action/empower-leaders/join-rotarian-action-group
 

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