Monthly Archive:: October 2014

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Restoring vision to hundreds in China

Seeing an elderly Tibetan woman weep with joy when cataract surgery restored her vision after 10 years is the kind of moment Dave Razo will never tire of. For several summers Razo, a member of the Rotary Club of Warner Robins, Georgia, USA, traveled to rural northwest China with a team from

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Rotary’s response to the Ebola outbreak

Rotary continues to closely monitor the latest developments surrounding the Ebola outbreak, and work with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other partners to respond to both polio and Ebola. Fighting disease is a priority of our members, who have organized countless projects around

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The Rotary Foundation earns coveted 4-star rating

The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. “Our foundation continues to operate at the highest ethical standard,” said Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair John Kenny. “We are proud that Charity Navigator has recognized our commitment to accountability

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World Polio Day: Health officials laud polio eradication achievements, point to disease’s endgame

After a year of shrinking polio cases worldwide, the crippling disease is now on the cusp of being eradicated, said top health officials at Rotary’s second annual World Polio Day event on 24 October. At a special Livestream program — World Polio Day: Make History Today — Rotary leaders joined global health

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Dynamic young club uses social media to grow

Erin Mills had just finished teaching for the day in Montevideo, Uruguay, when her smartphone buzzed with a message. An impromptu gathering to watch Uruguay’s World Cup soccer match was being organized. Through the power of a mobile messaging app, a majority of the Rotary Club of Plaza Matriz had soon assembled

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Previewing the World Polio Day Livestream event

Rotary celebrates World Polio Day on 24 October with a Livestream event featuring expert speakers and celebrity performers. Hosted by Time magazine science and technology editor Jeffrey Kluger, the Chicago event also includes a global status update on the fight to end polio and the challenges that remain, as well as information

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Creating works of art helps refugee children repair their lives

When asked to describe his future, a refugee child from Iraq draws a picture of himself as a doctor. Another child uses colorful paints to depict happy memories of his former life in Iraq. Both children are among the 200,000 displaced Iraqis who now live in Jordan, a country that has become

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Chat with food experts on Twitter about alleviating hunger

Hunger affects more than 800 million people worldwide, according to the United Nations’ World Food Programme, and one-third of all the food grown every year goes to waste. Together, we can change that. On World Food Day, Thursday, 16 October, join a conversation on Twitter from 12:00 to 13:00 Chicago time (UTC-5),

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Photo Essay: Rotary’s 2014 Women of Action

Byline:  By Adam Ross and Alyce Henson Feature on the Featured Story Module:  Featured Story Module Headline:  Photo Essay: Rotary’s 2014 Women of Action Featured Story Module Content:  Honorees presented their projects at the White House in hopes of creating new paths for government partnerships and support. Source link

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Partners build community center and health clinic in impoverished Mexico neighborhood

Four years ago, Rotary member Moonyeen King decided to take action to help residents of the impoverished neighborhood of Tepehua, located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, who faced daily struggles with crime, malnutrition, and limited access to health care. King, together with Susan Netherton and Gin Pelzl, fellow members of the Rotary Club