The Rotary Club of Evanston recently issued its annual International Aid report, noting that it had raised thousands of dollars in its ongoing effort to assist needy people around the world. Highlights of 2008-2009 include:
Malaria Prevention in Uganda
The club provided a $2,500 donation to the Rotary Club of Mubende, Uganda, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Glenview, Sunrise, with a donation from Hoffmann School in Glenview initiated and collected by sixth graders.
With matching funds here in Evanston and with the Mubende Club at the District and Foundation level, the club’s $2,500 donation became $13,000 total for the purchase of more than 1,500 mosquito nets for pregnant women and school children in Uganda.
Malaria cases and deaths have declined by more than 60 percent since the Rotary Club of Evanston began its aid project in Uganda.
The Rotary Club of Evanston is now organizing a clean water project with the Rotary Club of Mubende, as it continues to focus on improving health for the needy in Uganda.
Digital X-ray Technology
The club provided $2,500 to the Rotary Foundation to help provide digital x-rays to residents of the Izabal region of Guatemala with other Rotarians in our District and in Guatemala District 4250.
The digital system being developed in the area will serve the diagnostic needs of 50,000 people.
Several teams of Rotarians from clubs in the area have traveled to Guatemala to assist local populations on a variety of aid projects there in recent years.
Shelter Boxes in Myanmar and Pakistan
The club provided $2,000 for the purchase of shelter boxes for Myanmar and Pakistan.
Shelter boxes are large plastic containers that contain a 10-person tent and a range of survival equipment – ranging from thermal blankets to cooking utensils and tools.
Shelter boxes help communities prone to natural disasters recover quickly and avoid disease and other problems by ensuring shelter and essential items for daily living.
Members of the Rotary Club of Evanston supported the club’s international efforts through direct donations and various fundraising activities.
The Rotary Club of Evanston meets at 12:15 Thursdays at the North Shore Hotel in downtown Evanston. For more information about the club, visit www.evanstonrotary.org.