You don’t have to be crazy to be a Rotary Scholar but some times it helps. Having been given the travel bug by Rotary trips to Colombia. Our wonder Belgium scholar Birte Schorpion took a break between her internship at the UNHCR to head to Iran
She sent back a wonderful collection of vibrant photos from the trip and reports of the wonderful warm reception from the people of Iran.
As always in Rotary we love to break down barriers and build bridges between peoples of all countries.
Rotary and London Rotract provide unique opportunities to network and share ideas from people all over the world. It is always impressive to see our students spending their own weekends organising collaborative events.
This weekend was no different where the Chiswick scholar all the way from North Carolina Ellie Flock collaborated with Romanian Dorka Voicu to run a “Practical Problem Solving Workshop” to generate new ideas and new projects for their fellow Rotaract members.
Chiswick club member John Armstrong spoke to the group regarding our education project in Hula, Nepal.
Rotary opens doors for young and old and for cultures across the world. Our Rotary members had a wonderful eye opening trip to Japan with a cultural exchange we are happy to return .
We had Chris the local CEO of Bboxx around to our rotary club last night with a very good product
He has a battery and solar pack below that they are offering in Kenya and Rwanda The battery comes with lights and attachments and is offered for a low cost subscription
Now mobile carriers and especially satellite tv companies are seeing how this opens a huge gateway for them across Africa
He would welcome support bootstrapping in Africa, He has already 300 employed for support and sales across the other 2 countries and just received 10m in 3rd round funding
He and they are likely to be the Elon Musk of Africa .. 🙂
Rotary International In Great Britain & Ireland that gives a great introduction to the work Rotary clubs all over the world do to support not only their local communities but also communities in other countries that often need international help to develop.
Akemi Solloway, Chiswick Rotary member and founder of the UK-based charity Aid for Japan, was featured in the Guardian regarding the 5th Anniversary of Japan’s Tsunami.
The article describes how Japan’s unique culture can make it more difficult for survivors, especially orhpans, to recover from a crisis
“It’s a strange thing to be an orphan in Japan, not least of all because the adoption of children is very rare, so many people remain unaware that it’s even a possibility. Foster care is also
uncommon. This means that many of the children we work with are either entirely on their own or living with elderly grandparents, and are unlikely to ever find another home or family to care for them. Emotionally they are simply traumatised.”
Aid for Japan offers emotional, educational and financial support to orphans of the tsunami.
Aid for Japan are running a series of social events and host their own donations page. Now might be a good time to remember and help the cause.
This year we are pleased to host a scholar from Belgium and sponsored by Overpelt-Noord-Limburg. Birte now a legal graduate, got her first taste of Rotary when they packed her off to Colombia for a life changing experience.
She is now doing a rotary scholar and postgrad in law at Queens and and has been selected as an Internship at the House of Lords subcommittee on migration
With the help of our incoming president Ray Burnet we were able to visit the historic Middle Temple