Blandford Rotary is not a large club, but we are strongly believe in providing help to reduce poverty, and help with disease or disaster relief in less fortunate parts of the world. We are able to do this more effectively through the Rotary International network and its wonderful system of matching grants. We do this by teaming up with other clubs and pooling our contributions which are then “matched” by the Rotary Foundation and/or many other charities both within and beyond Rotary.

Rotary has several initiatives to provide speedy, effective and direct support to disaster areas throughout the world. For example the Shelter Box and Water Survival Box schemes (link to them) carry stock of these vital disaster support items ready to be dispatched immediately. These stocks are funded through donations and often Rotary clubs such as ours donate funding for a box (currently about £600) on an annual basis.

Disaster relief  always requires funding on the ground and, since there are Rotary Clubs throughout the world, and often local to the disaster affected areas funding and support can be directed through these clubs, who also advise on the specific needs on the ground.

In the last few years Blandford Rotary has made a contribution to the following worthy international causes

  • Nepal Trust – project details below
  • Tools for Africa
  • Thailand Tsunami 2005. One of our members hand delivered our donation to some of the Rotary Clubs and charities in Phuket targeted to local people to enable them to buy building materials to restore their homes and fishing boats
  • 2011 Malawi school project with Butterfly Space team
  • 2013 Syria Shelter Box scheme
  • Philippines – 2013 donation for typhoon relief
  • 2014 Uganbda Dentaid project
  • Medecins sans Frontieres several donations
  • Hurricane Irma – Caribbean 20 contribution to Rotary Disaster Relief Fund and also directly to the Caribbean Rotary Action group
  • Hurricane Dorian 2019 Bahamas. Contribution to the Rotary Relief Fund.

Blandford Rotary Nepal Projects

Blandford Rotary is a regular supporter of the Nepal Trust (link) working with our neighbour Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton. Under their leadership several projects have been funded through the matching grant system by collecting donations from several other clubs, the total collected is then doubled by the Rotary Foundation. Some of these projects are shown below:

Saakeghad Medical Birthing Centre . Extension of medical clinic to provide safer childbirth facilities.

Gairiswora Water Project – Water supply project to very remote village.

In 2015 there was a major earthquake in central Nepal causing major damage to the capital Katmandu and practically levelling many buildings in the countryside. Numerous reconstruction works for schools and medical facilities were supported by the Nepal Trust. We contributed to restoration works of the  Kalika School

We have recently supported the Nepal Girls Hygiene Project, a programme of education and encouragement for girls to be able to attend school full time where formerly they had been unable or unwilling to attend during their period due to inadequate facilities and prejudice.

Blandford Rotary is a regular supporter of the Nepal Trust (link) working with our neighbour Rotary Club of Sturminster Newton. Under their leadership several projects have been funded through the matching grant system by collecting donations from several other clubs, the total collected is then doubled by the Rotary Foundation. Some of these projects are shown below: