What Has Brentwood Rotary Been Doing Lately?

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Brentwood Rotarians work hard to support our community and the world beyond.  Here’s some of the things we’ve given money to recently.  Where do we get the money we donate?  We have 3 major fundraisers each year; first our Golf Tournament in May, then our Trade Club (more about that in later posts) in October and finally our Poker Tournament in February.  With all three fundraisers we have close to $30,000 to do good in the community and our world.

One of our reepn1cent fundraisers was a Rotary Club of Brentwood, Rotary Interact (high school aged Rotarians) Bowling for Polio.  Last year they raised $750, this year they raised $1200 with a matching donation of $1,000 from Assemblyman Jim Fraizer (total $2200).

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One Drop & Cirque du Soleil Join Forces with Rotary

“We all drink from the same well. Water is our common bond, uniting us as human beings and as citizens of this planet. And yet, while this precious resource flows abundantly in some parts of the world, in others, water or lack thereof is a source of poverty and sickness. Every year, more than 3 million children die from water-related causes. Isn’t that a sufficient reason to act?” Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil.

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o   One Drop Foundation & Rotary will initiate joint WASH projects in Africa & Central America in the next five years

o   The initial projects will be in Mali with a budget of $10 M.
o   Total budget $20 million by year 2020.

  • Mali is the largest state — 16.5 million, 66% under 25 years, access to clean water limited.
  • Eight Rotary clubs in Bamako.
  • Plans

o   Approximately 95 new wells
o   75 well heads will be repaired
o   Eight complete systems
o   Earthen dams
o   Two reservoirs
o   Purchasing commercial deep-water drill

  • ABCs Out of poverty

o   Access to clean water

o   Pumps with eight moving parts — shelf life is 15 years, if maintained.
o    35% of hand pumps are not working
o   25% of all deaths caused by waterborne illnesses and poor hygiene.

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o   Engage & train and pay local groups of actors to present shows

o   Collaborating with several major International Organizations to deliver a formal WASH program in schools.

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Inexpensive models for hand washing.

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o   Commerce

o   Production, transformation, commercialization
o   Using micro credit to start businesses

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o   Improved food security and living conditions

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Rotary International & Rotarians everywhere are committed to helping the very poor around the world a way out of poverty.  We’re not about handouts, but a helping hand and guidance to a better way of life.  Donating to your local Rotary Club helps finance these projects and many more, both in your community and around the world.