Water for Sudan
Gift of Life
Rotary clubs, worldwide, are helping to save the lives of indigent children with heart disease by enabling them to receive needed heart surgery. To date, Gift of Life, a Rotarian based organization, has provided funding for 11,000 children and hopes to do the same for at least another 3000 kids every year. Several clubs in our district have formed the "Gift of Life 5340 Foundation" in order to sponsor children for necessary heart surgeries. Sixty five (65) kids have already been sponsored by the Foundation. For more information on how you and your club can become part of this wonderful project see this document: please click here.
Rotary Clubs in District 5340 began funding microcredit programs throughout the world in 2003-2004. Since then the list of villages and communities among the poorest of the poor helped by this wonderful program have increased. Small loans to women start new businesses and provide for their families. Many clubs have used The Rotary Foundation Matching Grant program to help make dreams real for these individuals throughout the world. For more information on how your Rotary Club can get involved, click here.
The Shelter Box project was conceived and developed by a Rotarian in England in 2001. The mission is to deliver immediate relief to victims of natural and other disasters anywhere around the world. The large plastic container can hold a 10-person tent and a range of equipment, but it will vary based on the needs of the particular disaster. As of January 2007, shelter boxes have been sent to 31 different countries providing shelter for nearly 500,000 people. For more information on how your Rotary Club can get involved, click here.
Started by Rotarians in District 5340, Thousand Smiles focuses on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxillo-facial deformities such as cleft palate. Four clinics take place each year and many Rotary Clubs join the effort. The volunteers, many of whom are Rotarians, are the backbone of the team and include both medical professionals and non-medical individuals. For more information on how your Rotary Club can get involved, click here.
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