Monthly Archive:: May 2017

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Ashton Kutcher to speak at Atlanta Convention

Ashton Kutcher to speak at Atlanta convention Ashton Kutcher Nigel Parry Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn, actor, tech investor, and philanthropist will join the End of Modern Slavery panel discussion at this year’s Rotary International Convention. The discussion will take place during the second general session on Monday, 12 June. Thorn partners with

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Global grants available for low-cost shelters and simple schools

Clubs and districts can now use global grants to build low-cost shelters and simple schools, under a recent policy change effective through 2019. The construction must be part of a comprehensive project related to an area of focus. (Projects that involve construction alone are still not eligible for global grants.) Please note

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A camp for everyone

For more than 90 years, the Rotary Club of Kansas City has been rallying all corners of the community to help thousands of kids attend camp. The club, whose members are among Rotary’s first People of Action, gave the first donation to The Rotary Foundation 100 years ago. Jeff Dutzel moves a

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Stigma and Superstition

Hunted for body parts and isolated by fear, Tanzanians with albinism find safe futures with help of Rotary, Sister Martha By Jonathan W. Rosen Produced by Miriam Doan It’s the peak of the afternoon in Nyamizeze, Tanzania, and Martha Mganga is in her element.  Better known as Sister Martha, the 54-year-old Rotary

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Education soars with kites

The sky above the playground at Lao Mei Elementary School in New Taipei City, Taiwan, is dotted with kites of different colors, shapes, and sizes. Below, groups of students are busy making more kites and testing their construction skills in flying competitions. To a passerby, the scene looks like just a fun

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Helping orphaned pygmy elephants

Milk powder for orphaned elephants While visiting the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre on the island of Borneo in Malaysia three years ago, New Zealand Rotarian Debbie Mair fell in love with a couple of fuzzy orphaned pygmy elephants, the smallest subspecies of elephant. Mair says the orphans’ parents had wandered onto palm

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Youth exchange student works for peace

Youth Exchange alumnus works for peace with Dalai Lama, Tutu Brian Rusch has worked with two of the most influential men of the last 100 years: first the Dalai Lama and, today, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. “I’ve been inspired by working with them, and I know we can do so much more to

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Critical Care

Linked through sister cities, Rotarians save newborns in Brazil By Vanessa Glavinskas Photographs by Robert Gill A mother is in labor, and she’s frightened. Her baby isn’t due for three months. The closest hospital is 30 miles away, and although she makes it there in time, the baby is born weighing barely

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Judo offers Brazil’s youth an escape from the slums

Young people from Rio de Janeiro’s infamous favelas find an outlet for their energy — and a chance at Olympic gold — through Rotary   By Luiz Renato D. Coutinho, Roberto Torquato, and Maureen Vaught Thirty-four young people, ages 16 to 21, sit in a large circle on the mat where they

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Application forms for the Akada Vikadam programme ready

The application form for the akada vikadam programme is ready. Will upload a pdf file soon.