Posted by Bill Boyd on Oct 05, 2018
 
 
The Area of Focus for the month of October is “Economic and Community Development”.  Rotarians around the world are involved in projects that support investments in people and create measurable and enduring economic improvements in their lives and communities through:
  • Building capacity to support economic growth and reduce poverty
  • Developing opportunities for work
  • Providing scholarships in economic and community development
 
Our members and The Rotary Foundation work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.  We provide training and access to well-paying jobs and financial management institutions.  We create opportunities to help individuals and communities thrive financially and socially.
 
Nearly 800 million people throughout the globe live on less than $1.90 (US) a day.  Rotary members are passionate about providing sustainable solutions to poverty.   As Rotarians, we have a big impact on local economies.  We train people to become resources for their community, offering networking activities, advice on new business development, and mathematics and financial management training.
 
Just this past year, The Rotary Foundation has spent $9.2 million (US) to grow local economies and reduce poverty.  One out of nine people in the world (795 million people) do not have enough to eat.  As Rotarians, we are working to break the cycle of poverty for women, especially through micro-lending programs and on skills development and business training.  Sixty percent of the world’s hungry people are women and girls.  Seventy percent of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture and related activities for their livelihood.  Rotarians are working to share sustainable farming practices, which result in increased crop yields and profits.
 
Some of the different types of projects that Rotarians can and have been involved in to support Economic and Community Development follow:
  • Income generation
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Leadership skills
  • Training
Following are three videos, which present examples of Rotarian’s efforts to support Economic and Community Development:
  • Doing Good: Growing Local Economies (2.45 min)
  • Ndandini Rotary (CRCID) Community Development Project 2014 (6.04 min)
  • Sowing Hope: Keeping Mongolia Green (14.26 min)
 
Doing Good: Growing Local Economies
 
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Ndandini Rotary (CRCID) Community Development Project 2014
 
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Sowing Hope: Keeping Mongolia Green
 
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