Rotarian Paul Wood of the Rotary Club of Birmingham has collected over 21,000 redundant hearing aids to help children in developing countries who suffer from impaired hearing. As digital hearing aids replace analogue versions, Paul has been collecting the unwanted devices to give children in third world countries such as India the chance to hear for the first time.
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The primary aim of GLP is to break the cycle of poverty in Guatemala through literacy and education, often in the seriously underprivileged Mayan communities.
John Stanton from the Rotary Club of Kenilworth has recently returned from a tour of Guatemala where he visited the Guatemala Literacy Project in action. Rotarians from the USA, Canada, the Cayman Islands, the UK and Rotary International, joined with non Rotarians and GLP staff to enjoy this experience. The Tour covered 15 schools, with presentations on each of the 4 literacy programmes in different locations.
The Rotary Club of North Worcestershire donated £200 from their Charity Fund to the Worcestershire Special Olympics and invited Dave Foster President Elect to assist in their annual Awards Evening. The organization was formed in 1988 in Redditch with the purpose of providing year round sports training, competitions and development in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with learning difficulties.
The RIBI International Committee has spoken to all the 4 Disaster Box schemes and can report that Shelter Box already have a team on the ground in the Philippines and are utilising boxes in the country with more being shipped. Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland, and Water Survival Box have all received requests for help.
For immediate response please support these four box schemes.
In addition donations to the “RIBI Donation Trust” can be sent to Alcester and this money will be allocated by the Trustees to suitable projects that will bring help to those affected by the storm.
Please remember that some of our box schemes are also working hard to support the Syrian refugees and therefore their funding is under considerable pressure.
Typhoon Haiyan has caused unimaginable devastation and suffering in the Philippines. With winds of 195mph, the typhoon is the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall and current reports indicate that upwards of 10,000 people may have lost their lives. It has been reported that at least 630,000 people have been displaced and are in desperate need of emergency shelter, food and clean drinking water.
ShelterBox is already responding and I wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to speed with our response efforts so far, so that you can share this information with the clubs in your district.How is ShelterBox responding?
A ShelterBox Response Team was already in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, helping following last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged 34,000 homes. The team are now busy helping local people cope with the aftermath of not only an earthquake but now one of the most powerful storms on record.
A further two ShelterBox Response Teams are en route to the Philippines to assist with coordinating our response in-country. ShelterBox’s response will focus in three of the badly affected regions – Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. Reports are coming in of 80-90% damage of some towns in these provinces
In response to the humanitarian crisis in the Philippines, Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) is calling for donations to the four Rotary supported survival box projects, Shelterbox, Aquabox, Disaster Aid UK and Ireland and Water Survival Box, in order that they can provide immediate aid to the area.
Shelterbox already has a team in the disaster zone distributing boxes which contain water purification tablets, a tent, toothpaste, soap and other items needed in an emergency situation. In addition, RIBI is calling for donations to the disaster fund set up by the RIBI Donations Trust. The trust was set up in 2007 to enable Rotary clubs to pool funds to support the reconstruction of communities following major disasters, such as rebuilding schools and hospitals. Its trustees will decide how best to spend the money to help the Philippines get back on its feet.
RIBI President, Nan McCreadie said: “The Rotary supported box charities will provide people with a supply of clean water and other essential items to help them survive the immediate aftermath of the disaster. However, the area will require a significant amount of rebuilding in the long term and it is vital that people are aware that help continues to be needed long after the story has disappeared from our TV screens.”
To make a donation to help the people of the Philippines, please send cheques made payable to RIBI Donations Trust to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB.
Monday, 11 November 2013
A 7.1 magnitude Earthquake has hit Bohol Island. 183 are reported killed and thousands are homeless.
Disaster Aid have deployed three DART's and a team leader; two from the UK, one from the USA and one from Australia.
We are helping to rebuild lives in a small community, worst hit and in need, by providing 100 tents, one village sky hydrant and two community tents, initially used as triage field hospitals.
Donations are urgently needed to help us with our work.
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At our main warehouse we are now becoming busy again as orders from clubs arrive for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. We always seem to have more requests for filled boxes than we can supply and so need even more clubs to be involved in this unique International Project.
District 1010 has always been a big supporter but this year their clubs are out to surpass even their earlier efforts by aiming to fill 13,000 boxes in their district alone.
Solihull Rotary's 11th Music Festival this year hit all the right notes. 150 talented young musicians entered the competition and took part in various classes for piano, strings, woodwind players and singers. More than 20 of these young p