The wider global community
Focus in the wider global community…Supporting needs, with practical help!
Working with the Rotary Clubs of Prospect in South Australia, East Davao and Waling Waling Davao, we have undertaken pilot project works in water, health and education, three key areas of Rotary's focus worldwide. A much larger three-year project funded through Rotary’s Global Grant Scheme has now been approved.
Members from the Rotary Clubs of Adelaide and Prospect have travelled to Davao on several occasions to visit project sites, meet local authorities, discuss projects with our fellow Rotarians and even be part of health clinics and picking up a paintbrush to finish an extension to a health centre we helped build! Our next task is the US $100,000 three-year major project with US $15,000 contributions from the clubs and US $85,000 grant from The Rotary Foundation. Our project goals are to;
A key to these projects is the “hands on” elements provided by South Australian and Davao City Rotarians working together to help the disadvantaged communities in the Southern Philippines.
The Rotary Club of Adelaide has established a Sister Club agreement with the Rotary Club of Brindisi Valesio and are now the International partner for a Global Grant project within the city of Brindisi in the Puglia region of Southern Italy. The project combines the efforts of 3 local Rotary Clubs and the city CARITAS Charity Centre in a program which trains/retrains migrants and fragile/disadvantaged local poor in trades such as electricians, tailors, plumbers, carpenters etc. with the final goal of achieving their financial independence and social integration into the community. Many migrants are living in camps in the Puglia region, at the heel of Italy’s boot.
The Puglia Centre, which holds about 1,300 people, is an example of the logistical challenges that Italy — and Europe — face as they manage thousands of immigrants fleeing the unrest in North Africa. So far, most of them have been Tunisians seeking work, but recently boats have arrived from Libya carrying Somalis and Eritreans.
Through our strong relationship with The Rotary club of Shanghai (RCS) over the last two years, we are partners in the Kashin-Beck Disease Fund Gift of Health in Quinghai Province in North Western China. The project goal is to alleviate poverty in a sustainable way for the underprivileged population in Western China by improving nutrition, food habits and primary health care conditions at the village level, with a special focus on children.
The target peoples are nomads, farmers, semi-nomads and resettled nomads who suffer from basic health and hygiene problems, infectious diseases and malnutrition.
The 4 specific objectives are to:
- assure a more diverse and richer food intake across the year.
- change food habits and prevent chronic malnutrition.
- improve general knowledge on health and hygiene.
- change hygiene habits.
These objectives are being achieved by the KBDF through
- training on nutrition and food diversification
- health and hygiene promotion
Rotary supervises the project, provides financial assistance, coordination technical advice and internal and regulatory reporting.
The Rotary Club of Adelaide has formed a strong link with the Rotary Club of Kandy and together we have begun a partnership to develop and implement projects of real value to farmers and villagers in rural Sri Lanka who have been affected by decades of civil war. Most immediate is the provision of safe drinking water - cleaned of insecticide and fertilizer chemicals by reverse osmosis to reduce and eliminate the incidence of kidney disease
Our first RO plant was implemented in June 2018. On going, we are planning for further plants for bigger villages in the selected areas, to be followed up by projects in agriculture, education and health.
The Clubs have started their work, and aim for a long term, sustained relationship for the betterment of the Sri Lankan people.
Donations In Kind (DIK) is the program Rotarians and Rotary Clubs use to source surplus goods and products that have no further use within Australia are repurposed and find new life with those in countries that have a need and/or used to support Rotary projects in developing countries. The Rotary Club of Adelaide supports Donations in Kind with our members volunteering to help sort stock, load containers and arrange shipments at the DIK Edinburgh Parks facility. We also contribute funds to assist with shipping costs as managed by DIK. We recently used our networks to arrange a shipment of school furniture to Cochin, which arrived in good order and immediately put to use. DIK is a major Rotary project that has a coverage throughout South Australia. Surplus goods are donated to the project by businesses, organisations and individuals. These goods are sorted and distributed to needy communities locally, nationally and internationally. These donations include medical, dental and hospital equipment, computers, books, toys and school furniture. More information can be found here.
Members of the Rotary Club of Adelaide contribute to the processes involved with the South Pacific Schools Aid project. This project sends dozens of pallets of books and educational equipment to schools throughout the South Pacific and even as far as Nepal! They have even taken computers from IT Share at Stirling; to pack them and send them to Zanzibar Nursing School. Books from St Andrews school and Mitcham Rotary bookshop end up amongst the shipments for Nepal and Fiji, including two pallets of books sent to the Deaconess' college in Suva Fiji. Books come and books go. Other outgoing destinations include Myanmar, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and even Western Samoa. Donations from organisations like West Lakes Shore school, St Augustine’s School, OXFAM, Mundulla Primary School and many other places including Adelaide University. Our volunteers work their magic to send them out; boxed on palettes, wrapped and addressed. (The 'magic' is really intelligent hard work - selecting the right books and maximising the number of books per box by careful packing ). More information can be found here.