International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.
This avenue of service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
Aussi Bangla Smile
Hasan Sarwar, a medical practitioner at Nepean Hospital and member of our club, initiated a programme to operate on children with cleft palates and other disfigurements to enable them to lead a normal life. The programme has now been running for several years and has not only carried out a number of successful operations but has also returned to conduct follow up surgery where required. Since then, the surgical team has also broadened the scope of what they do and now also operate on fistula patients.
Days for girls
Conditions in poorer countries are extremely different from those in developed countries. One challenge that young girls / women face is that when they encounter women issues, they cannot attend school because they do not have sanitary napkins. This programme aimed to provide those napkins free so girls could continue their schooling with out interruption. Successful implementation has enabled the programme to be handed over to local teams and attention has turned to implementing the same programme in several African countries.
During the year, the club has contributed to the Molo Songololo programme that supports young men and women in South Africa who have been subjected child abuse and are victims of poverty. The group distributes gift packs containing sanitary pads, soap, a tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant to help these young people attend school.
Days for girls
Neville Hearn, a member of our club joined with a member of Kenthurst Rotary to supply books to school libraries built by Digicell in Papua New Guinea. The drive for books resulted in several thousand books finding their way to students throughout PNG.