Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. Through the Annual Fund, Rotarians expand access to quality care by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.

 

The mission of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever, one of which is to improve the lives of mothers and children in the most desperate areas of the world.

 

Our Club goal this year is for us to individually donate $11,500 to the Annual Fund. The Rotary Foundation uses the money we contribute to the Annual Fund to reach mothers and children in need by giving communities the help and training they need to take control of their own maternal and infant health care. Here are some recent examples of what Rotarians accomplish through grants from the Foundation:  

  
  • Rotarians provided a mobile cancer screening unit and awareness trainings around Chennai, India, where there is a high mortality rate of women with breast and cervical cancer due to late diagnosis.

 
  • Rotary members launched a $3 million, five-year pilot to save lives of mothers and children during home deliveries in Nigeria. Since 2005, they’ve also repaired 1,500 obstetric fistulas — 500 more than their initial goal — restoring dignity and hope to vulnerable mothers.

 

Annual Fund contributions help support Rotary humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives.  Our Club can apply for grants from the Foundation to conduct local or international projects and provide scholarships,  all made possible through the ongoing financial support  of Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY). We are working with the other six Rotary Clubs on the Olympic Peninsula to develop a global grant, to be funded by The Rotary Foundation through money we contribute to the Annual Fund, to enable families in the African nation of Togo to build sanitary composting toilets to reduce infant and child mortality and improve the lives of women and girls.  

 

For more, see the Rotary International page Our Causes, and the informational pamphlet Rotary’s Areas of Focus, or talk to any member of the Club's Foundation Committee.  

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