FOUNDATION & INTERNATIONAL

The Rotary Foundation offers Rotary grants that fund projects that ultimately advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The committee endeavours to work towards transforming funds raised into life-changing, sustainable projects in communities around the world that support RI’s six causes below.

Promoting Peace

Conflict and violence displace millions of people each year. Half of those killed in the conflict are children, and 90 percent are civilians.

Providing Clean Water

Clean water and sanitation is a human right. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.  

Saving Mothers & Children

Rotary makes high-quality health care available to vulnerable mothers and children so they can live longer and grow stronger through expanding access to quality care, so mothers and children everywhere can have the same opportunities for a healthy future.  

Supporting Education

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. That’s 17 percent of the world’s adult population.

Growing Local Economies

Nearly 800 million people live on less than $1.90 a day.  

Fighting Diseases

400 million people in the world can’t afford or don’t have access to basic health care. We believe good health care is everyone’s right.

Projects

Marondera Water Project 2017

Rotary Club of Milton Keynes is undertaking an International project to provide water and associated infrastructure to a rural population of 30,000+ situated to the South East of Marondera, Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Marondera (the third “Area of Focus” for global grants). The project is in two parts: Phase 1 is to provide water to Chirenje Primary School, and Phase 2 is to provide the same for a clinic in Mudzimirema.

Chirenje School

Chirenje School has a pupil population of 500 (5 to 13 year olds) with 20 teachers and has been in existence on the same site since 1918. Lessons go on all day, with pupils housed in basic classrooms in two sittings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, as the buildings can only accommodate about 250 pupils at one time.  Basic hygiene is a concern, as although there are long-drop toilet facilities for the pupils and staff, cleanliness after using these facilities is difficult to achieve without water. The school used to assist the immediate area with water but the well ran dry some years ago when the water table dropped to a level where only a borehole could reach. Water is currently fetched on a cart from the nearest borehole which is nearly two kilometres away.  The school would like to be able to become more self-sufficient in food, but with the only water now some distance away, maintaining a year round vegetable garden has become an impossibility.

Mudzimirema Maternity Clinic

The Health Clinic has a large old water tank that is supposed to be fed from a pipe from Muhasekwa village, some 15km away, but the water only arrives perhaps once a week and is insufficient for the needs of the clinic. The nearest working borehole is 1km away.  Mudzimirema is an intensively farmed area with a population of some 30,000 people, being served by one clinic in the Mudzimirema township.  There is a hospital in Muhasekwa, recently built by the Chinese, but the majority of the rural Mudzimirema population use the clinic because of the distance involved to Muhasekwa.

Musha Wevana Water Project 2012

Rotary Club of Milton Keynes undertook an International project to provide water and associated infrastructure to an orphanage situated in Marondera, Zimbabwe in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Marondera. 

The orphanage has successfully implemented a vegetable garden, post project completion, that has not only supplied vegetables for their own consumption but also provided a means of income generation with the surplus being sold to the local area.

In 2016 the orphanage was able to sponsor four orphans to attend university.

Purple 4 Polio

Fundraising Tea Party at Bar Bar Black Sheep

 

Our club, held a Purple4Polio tea party on Wednesday 8th of March 2017.

Rotarians Denise, Keila and friends baked cakes, doughnuts and cupcakes which they ‘sold for a donation to ‘Polio Plus’ at an award winning art gallery/coffee shop, ‘Bar Bar Black Sheep’ which provided the teas/coffee.

The event was attended by many of the club members including the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor David Hopkins, who gave a short speech thanking Rotary for their efforts with the End Polio Now campaign.

Fundraising Vintage Tea Party at The Eight Bells near Bletchley Park

 

Our club, held a Purple4Polio Vintage tea party on Saturday 5th of August 2017 at the 1940’s pub The Eight Bells who provided a luxury spread and Prosecco.

The event was attended by club members  and DIstric officials including the Deputy Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Martin Petchey, who gave a short speech thanking Rotary for their efforts with the End Polio Now campaign.

Crocus Planting 2016

 

Rotary of Milton Keynes is highlighting historic progress towards a polio-free
world by creating a visual display of purple flowers at Willen Lake North, Milton
Keynes and is urging the local community to support them by coming along to
help plant crocus corms.

Purple is the colour of the dye placed on the little finger on the left hand of a
child to show they have been immunised against polio, hence the name
Purple4Polio. With millions of children to vaccinate, this makes it easier to see
who has been protected and who has not.

The world has never been closer to making history and fulfilling Rotary’s
goal of a polio-free world with just 10 cases of wild poliovirus worldwide so far
this year in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Since Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9
percent, from about 350,000 cases a year in 125 countries to just 37 cases in
three remaining polio-endemic countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria, in
2016.

To sustain this progress and protect all children from polio, Rotary has
committed to raising US$50 million per year over the next three years in support
of global polio eradication efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will
match Rotary’s commitment 2:1 so every £1 becomes raised £3. Without full
funding and political commitment, this paralysing disease could return to
previously polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.

POLIO ADVOCACY

We are delighted with the financial pledge from the UK Government for the fight to end polio in the world.  One of the biggest dates in the Rotary calendar – World Polio Day 2017 is taking place on Tuesday 24th October.

NEXT EVENT – CROCUS PLANTING

Planned for the 22nd of October 2017 between 11am and 1pm across from the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake.  Raising awareness of Rotary and the End Polio Now Campaign locally.

NATIONAL IMMUNISATION DAY 2018

A date for National Immunisation Day 2018 has been confirmed. Groups of Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland will have chance to fight polio on the front line on 28th January 2018.