Rotary Friendship Exchange is:
- An international exchange program for Rotarians and Rotary couples.
- It provides participants with the opportunity to experience other cultures by staying in the homes of Rotarians, visiting their clubs and participating in the life style and activities of their communities.
Goals of the exchange are:
- To advance international understanding and peace through visits across borders.
- To promote interclub relationships, fellowships and service projects.
The Rotarians participating gain the opportunity to make long lasting friendships while exploring different areas of the world. The Friendship Exchange Program is one of Rotary International's nine structured programs to help clubs and districts achieve service goals in their communities and communities abroad while fostering fellowship and goodwill between countries.
Who May Apply?
It is a Team Program in which Rotarians, often couples, typically ten to twelve in number, visit several communities in the host district for a period of time up to four weeks. The number of persons on the team and the length of stay are flexible; the districts involved agreeing on those details before the exchange occurs. Districts are also encouraged to consider Team exchanges, those in which host and guest Rotarians share the same occupation. The program is coordinated by district Friendship Exchange committees and both are carried out at no expense to Rotary International.
How Long Does a Friendship Exchange Last?
As the Team Program operates on a district level, participants stay for a few days with each family for a total time of approximately four weeks.
Both districts must agree upon the length of a Team exchange.
Rotary Friendship Exchange with District 3201 ( India) and District 7680
Rotary District 3201 has 125 Clubs and membership strength of 4700 Rotarians. These Clubs are spread over part of the southern Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The larger cities in RI District 3201 are Cochin (Kerala) and Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu). In the recent past, Dist 3201 has had friendship exchange programs between Canada, Sweden and United Kingdom.
Who do I contact?
He is responsible for contacting other Rotary Friendship Exchange chairpersons to establish exchanges. To become hosts, Rotarians must contact the Rotary Friendship Exchange District Chairperson. Rotarians who have participated as guests will be anxious to serve as hosts when Rotary visitors come to their community. In order for a district to participate in Rotary Friendship Exchanges, there must be consent of two-thirds of the clubs in the participating districts, with the approval of the District Governor of all districts involved, and with the understanding that no liability is attached to Rotary International.
Multi District Global Grant Project 2015-2016
Objectives of this Humanitarian Global Grant Project:
To provide three days of free health screening services for the men, women and children in deprived communities across the country of Ghana.
Community Needs that this project will address and how they are identified:
Many individuals and families do not know their health status and therefore suffer and possibly die. Health screens are provided for Malaria, HIV, TB, Diabetes, Cervical Cancer, Anemia, Hypertension, Eye and Dental support. Immunizations for polio and measles vaccines are provided for the children.
The Rotary Foundation has approved this program as SUSTAINABLE because these conditions are identified as critical to community
health and well being.
The estimated numbers of direct beneficiaries that will benefit from this Global Grant are 40,000 men, women and children in the urban and poorest urban areas of Ghana. This is the second year of this program in Ghana and the fifth year of this program in other countries in Africa.
The project will take place in 40 communities across the country of Ghana. It is managed by Rotarians for Family Health & AIDS Prevention, a Rotary Action Group, in partnership with 25 Ghana Rotary clubs, the Ghana Health Service, USAID, and country NGOs. GHS has identified the neighborhoods in Ghana with the highest incidence of preventable disease and high mortality rates.
LET’S JOIN TOGETHER AND BE A PART OF THIS GLOBAL GRANT PROJECT!
Any amount of money your club donates to this project will be matched by district and RI:
Your $100 + District $100 + RI $150 = $350
Send check to: Rotary District 7680 - PO Box 79132 - Charlotte NC 28271
Multi Clubs Global Grant Project - Last 3 years
To significantly improve child well-being by enabling families and communities to achieve sustainable access to adequate safe water, improved sanitation facilities, and practice good hygiene in Ephrata and Angolela Districts of North Shew Zone of Amhara National Regional State. This project will serve 36,000 people over the two years. The expected outcomes of the project are: Improved access to sustainable and adequate safe water supply; improved sanitation service for vulnerable children and communities; and improve hygiene practices.
President Ravi has endorsed Rotarian Action Groups as a significant resource for humanitarian projects and programs. Wasrag, founded eight years ago, has focused on WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) as the core element of all the Areas of Focus. It is the key to alleviating hunger and malnutrition, improving maternal and child health, enhancing literacy and reducing conflict.
Check out the website: www.wasrag.org.
We can help your clubs find a WASH project or program, access expertise, obtain project funding and select appropriate technologies. Host clubs can post their projects and seek help. Guidelines will help to ensure your projects are truly sustainable. You will find other NGOs willing to complement Rotary's resources.