After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Our contribution will help Rotary raise US$200 million to match US$355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting US$555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk. The stakes are that high.
The idea of Shelterbox is to provide one pre-packed, self contained, easily transported unit that provides shelter, warmth and sleeping facilities for 10 people. Shelter Box has Trust status and is a Registered Charity. It is able to not only respond to natural and man-made disasters worldwide it has also diversified and it is aiming to provide shelter over the next four years for one million displaced women and children in Africa who have been rendered homeless as a result of war.
A fully equipped Shelter Box costs £490.00 (HK$6,000) and contains a 185-litre capacity rigid plastic container, one new 10 person tent, ten new sleeping bags and useful ancillary equipment including water-purifying material, water carrying bags, cooking pots, rope, tools etc. The cost of dispatching, delivering and distributing the Shelter Box is included in the £490.00 (HK$6,000) cost.
RCKN and its Members have donated the cost for 16 boxes. The box numbers that we have been allocated are 46511 to 46525 and 43693.
Vision Screening in Guangxi Province, China
A party of volunteer optometrists organised by one of our Members have visited schools in Guangxi province to undertake vision screening of children at primary and secondary schools high up in the mountains to the north of Nanning, Guangxi Province. Subsequently, the prescribed spectacles have been delivered to those children requiring vision correction.
Facilities for schools in Guangxi Province, China
Following visits by RCKN Members to various schools in the mountains north of Nanning, various school facilities such as improved toilets and wash rooms and water tanks have been provided from money donated by RCKN.
Many of our Members individually sponsor education, healthcare and homes for children in Outer Mongolia with the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
Our donations have provided homes for leprosy sufferers in China.
Helping to rehabilitate victims disabled by the Sichuan Earthquake in Mian Zhu in partnership with Rotary District 3450 and 5 sister clubs from other countries. View the Progress Report given by Handicap International on 12th March 2010 and find out more about Handicap International by clicking on the two buttons below:-
Our donations have provided orthopaedic wheelchairs to disabled children in Vietnam.
Medical Operations in Turkey
In conjunction with Rotary Clubs in Istanbul we have funded heart, cataract and other life changing operations in Turkey.
Opthalmology surgeon training for Malawi.