Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 07, 2019

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.


Our individual contributions to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund make  it possible for clubs to transform lives worldwide by funding projects in six  important areas that Rotarians know as our Areas of Focus. The six areas are, in priority order, Promoting Peace; Disease Prevention and Treatment; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health; Basic Education and Literacy; and Economic and Community Development. How do we do this?

The Rotary Foundation (TRF), through which the Areas of Focus are funded, requires that all projects, scholars, and vocational training teams funded by global grants work towards specific goals in one or more of the six areas of focus.    


Our goals for promoting peace are as follows.


Goal: Training leaders, including potential youth leaders, to prevent and mediate conflict.


Goal: Supporting peacebuilding in communities and regions affected by conflict.


Goal: Supporting studies for career-minded professionals related to peace and conflict resolution.


Goals are all well and good, but Rotarians focus on taking action to achieve them. Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.


Service projects are funded through our donations to the Annual Fund. Current projects, among many, working to prevent domestic violence (Australia), breaking pernicious myths surrounding albinism (Tanzania), rebuilding lives shattered by the Syrian war (Canada) and reducing teen violence (United States). Learn more here:


Rotarians fund 100 peace fellowships every year, 50 to a three month certificate course in Thailand for police officers and others, and 50 to a full ride 18-month masters degree program in one of six universities worldwide. Now, over one thousand graduates work around the world in many different venues to promote peace. Learn more, here: , here, on Facebook: and here:


In addition to these efforts, Rotarians work at the global level to partner with the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank and leader in the study of peace and conflict, to help address the root causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace. Many efforts take place at the local level, such as Rotarian support for the People for People Foundation, founded by Rotarians, which helps 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.


For more about Rotary’s work to promote peace, see .

For more about our Areas of Focus, see .


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