Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
How Rotary makes help happen
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Hunted for body parts and isolated by fear, Tanzanians with albinism are finding new futures through Rotary programs that fight pervasive myths and stigmas.
Canada Rotary club helping refugees from Syria start new lives.
A university president and Rotary club fight Boko Haram to educate refugees in Nigeria.
Young people from Rio de Janeiro’s infamous favelas find an outlet for their energy – and a chance at Olympic gold – through Rotary.
Prevent Domestic Violence
Australia Rotary clubs raise awareness and funds to prevent domestic violence and support its victims.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Improving quality of life. Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
Raising awareness of bullying. Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct antibullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families. The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Local Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.
Promoting positive peace. Rotary has partnered with the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank and leader in the study of peace and conflict, to help address the root causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace.
peace fellowships are offered each year at Rotary Peace Centers around the world
people are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution
has been raised by Rotary to support peace
students have graduated from Rotary’s Peace Centers program
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What can you do to promote peace?
I wanted to do something to help prevent war, rather than addressing its consequences.
Rotary Peace Fellow, University of Queensland, 2005-07