Rotary peace centres are non-profitable organisations which aim to establish themselves by giving back to the community through academic training, practice, global networking opportunities and more. They have proven their vision for the community by developing the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become instruments and effective catalysts for peace to those in need of their services.

Their fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. Rotary international president, Shekhar Mehta, has three special initiatives for the year 2021 to the year 2022. “These years  are aimed at increasing our impact through service and expanding our reach by introducing new members to Rotary. One of these is empowering girls,” Mehta said.

Mehta also stated that to address the inequalities that girls face worldwide, members will be encouraged to launch a club-based initiative. “Members can also be part of a district or global grant that improves the health, well-being, education and economic security of girls in their communities and ensures their access to resources.

“Our call to action is to leave no girl behind. Every Rotary club should implement at least one empowering Girl’s project for the current year,” he mentioned. Rotary also has a project run by the Rotary club of Pretoria East (RCPE) namely the SOUNS project, this project has placed over a hundred SOUNS sets in crèches in Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mozambique and Eswatini.

“We are now calling on all clubs to help us to reach another 100 crèches by taking up the challenge just like the Rotary club of Centurion who have introduced the SOUNS project into a crèche adjacent to Diepsloot,” SOUNS is a simple literacy programme that can be introduced to disadvantaged crèches. Rotary is an organisation that has a membership base of business and community leaders who provide their services to advance issues around health, water, sanitation and any other social ill that needs to be addressed in the society.

By: Mpho Khena.

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