International support

End Polio Now 

Rotary joined the battle against polio worldwide in 1988. In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary continues the fight. In January 2018 two Winchester Rotarians, one a polio survivor, travelled to Amritsar and Delhi to take part in the Indian Immunisation Programme. Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%. Now there are only a handful remaining which must be eradicated or the numbers will rise again to frightening figures within a decade. 

Tools For Self Reliance (TFSR) 

Along with other local clubs, we have supported this project for over 30 years. The aim is to reduce poverty in Africa’s poorest regions by enabling people to build sustainable livelihoods through the provision of quality, refurbished tools. In addition to financial support and volunteers, they receive vocational, literacy, business and life skills training, plus numeracy and micro- finance. 

Disaster Relief 

In response to international emergencies, Rotary makes donations from its own charity funds to global charities such as Shelter Box and UNICEF

Education – Uganda and Albania 

These two projects were initiated by Winchester Rotary. In Western Uganda, we have orchestrated the provision of books and libraries for primary schools plus a medical laboratory and ablution block for the local hospital. In Albania, radical remedial repair and rebuilding works has been carried out to an isolated, dilapidated mountain school.

South Sudan 

Working with another Winchester based charity, The Brickworks, we’re helping civil war-torn South Sudan and its many refugees. We have given funds for medical text books and have donated £1.8K for building education blocks to house children during the rainy season, when under tree schools are useless. 

Other overseas projects and connections

We have built water tanks and toilet blocks in Tanzania, contributed to the international Shoebox Appeal which sends Christmas gifts to deprived children in many countries. We have collaborated on a project in St Lucia, (Gros Islet), to provide adapted wheelchairs for disabled children.

We have overseas contact clubs: Le Havre de Grâce in France and Oberhausen Antony Hütte in Germany, where we enjoy regular exchange visits, plus links with Kolkata Central, and St Lucia, (Gros Islet)

We have sponsored annually a student from Winchester to go to Georgia, USA to take part in the Georgia Rotary Student Programme

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