The needs in the world are greater and more diverse than ever before. Rotarians in our zones, and the entire Rotary world, can be proud that The Rotary Foundation, built through your contributions, is helping improve the lives of thousands of people across the globe. We should be proud that in the last few years our zones have emerged No 2 in giving to TRF. After “receiving” for years, India is now a “giving” country; last year we gave more than we received!
It is a matter of joy that Indian Rotarians are now teaming up with clubs overseas to do global grants in their countries. Pause to think of the phenomenal work made possible in so many communities in Rotary’s focus areas such as health and nutrition, water and sanitation, increased economic activity, promotion of peace, and best of all, literacy and education, because of the work that Rotarians do through Foundation grants. We have reached emergency aid to victims of natural disasters, through our immediate and generous contribution, done so many Covid projects, giving equipment to hospitals, the PM CARES Fund, etc.
In 2019–20, TRF sanctioned 339 grants worth $29.71 million. While zone 4 got 104 grants worth $12.21 million, zone 5 got 110 ($8.17 million), zone 6,45 grants ($2.76 million) and zone 7,80 grants ($6.57 million).
By your generosity and the thousands of volunteer hours you have put in over the years, the Rotary wheel, our logo, stands proudly embedded in entire colonies we have built in Gujarat, Nepal, Uttarakhand etc. Through our numerous projects we have made a dent in reducing poverty and disease, improving sanitation, reducing conflict and giving lasting peace a better chance. And we have helped make India polio-free!
Consider the impact you can make; for as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio; $50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness; $500 can launch an anti-bullying campaign and create a safe environment for children. By giving to the Annual Fund, you make these life-changing projects possible so that together, we can keep doing good in the world.
For the 11th consecutive year, TRF has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in US, for demonstrating strong financial health, accountability and transparency. Thank you.
RI Director, 2019-21