The Rotary Theme for February is Peace Building and Conflict Prevention.
From Rotary.Org -
"Today, over 70 million people are displaced as a result of conflict, violence, persecution, and human rights violations. Half of them 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.
As a humanitarian organization, peace is a cornerstone of our mission. We believe when people work to create peace in their communities, that change can have a global effect.
By carrying out service projects and supporting peace fellowships and scholarships, our members take action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, discrimination, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Our commitment to peacebuilding today answers new challenges: how we can make the greatest possible impact and how we can achieve our vision of lasting change.
Rotary creates environments where peace can happen."
Rotarians work fighting disease, providing clean water and sanitation, improving the health of mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economies. These efforts directly build the optimal conditions for peaceful societies. And while we often think of these efforts in far corners of the developing world, it is equally important to consider how our projects can positively impact local communities in this area of focus.
An interesting and impactful Rotary initiative is the development and support of the Rotary Peace Centers. These centers, housed within renowned universities worldwide have trained more than 1,700 Rotary Peace Fellows to become effective catalysts for peace through careers in government, education, and international organizations.
John Tabor | District Governor 2023-2024
Rotary District 6970