Inevitably Covid-19 has had a major impact upon our ability to function at normal levels.
We are, however, still functioning 🙂
The Club’s International Committee works to give help and assistance directly to those individuals and countries where major disasters have happened throughout the world such as earthquakes and floods etc. It also carries out work with other humanitarian and educational projects often in developing countries, which are working to improve food production and dietary intake and Educational programmes etc.
Below are just a few of the many projects this committee may be involved with; many individuals are also supported, details of whom are kept confidential.
Sierra Leone Schools Project
In 2005 Rtn Alan Wolstencroft visited Sierra Leone as a volunteer for the Charity Mercy Ships and identified ways that he, with the support of the Club, could “make a real difference” working directly with communities.
Since 2007 Banbury Rotary Club has supported this project and it has become the Clubs preferred international project. During this period we have supported development at 4 schools which has included the building and equipping of 22 new classrooms and 3 toilet blocks and refurbishing 14 classrooms, a toilet block and a water well and the installation of a rainwater harvesting system at one of the schools.
These boxes contain basic necessities for the victims of disasters, the contents are collected by the Shelter Box Trust charity and are kept in a central storage until required. Rtn. Andrew Fairbairn champions this cause by giving numerous demonstrations of and talks about Shelter Box throughout our District.
Provide in the wake of both man-made and natural disasters a rapid response provision of safe drinking water and welfare aid items. This comprises of a rigid re-enforced plastic container and a single Filter/Purification set with an 1100 litre capability.
The box comprises of 75 litre containers, 30 Filter/Purification sets with a 33,000 litre capability. Again Rtn. Andrew Fairbairn champions this cause by giving numerous demonstrations of and talks about Shelter Box throughout our District.