The Rotary Foundation can’t be part of every RAWCS (Rotary Australia World Community Service) project, because some of the tasks undertaken by RAWCS just don’t fit the criteria established by the Foundation (e.g. buildings). However, the good thing about the direction RAWCS is moving is the emphasis they are placing on Rotary’s six areas of focus, so working together is now much simpler.
Both organisations believe in the same things: the needs must be examined by the community to ensure the project delivers what the community needs rather than what we think they need; the project must fall within one of Rotary’s and RAWCS’ six areas of focus; the project must be sustainable and the project outcomes must be measurable.
Both RAWCS and Foundation projects operate through the activities of clubs, so applying for a Global Grant to extend the scale of the project is a simple enough task. The application can involve one club or 20 clubs, and clubs and/or districts from the project country can be part of what we do (we must have a Host Partner). Club funds are matched 50 cents in the dollar, and districts using DDF will receive a dollar for dollar match. The minimum grant is $US15,000 which means clubs can do much more to deliver a greater level of good.
Talk to your district Foundation chair or your district RAWCS chair and get moving to do even more good in the world.
The “Eye Camps” in Nepal were RAWCS registered projects and were funded by Rotary Clubs and District Grants from The Rotary Foundation.
Pictured is Dr Sanijta Sharma an Ophthalmologist screening a Nepalese woman for cataracts at the Hetaunda community eye hospital.