In November, Rotarians celebrate Rotary Foundation Month. Elkins Rotary member Grace Roy, who has previously served as club president and District Governor, shared the mission and goals of the Rotary Foundation with members Monday. Roy said the Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International.
"The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty," Roy said. "The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus.
"The first focus is peace and conflict prevention/resolution," Roy said. "The Rotary Foundation promotes peace and conflict prevention/resolution by strengthening local peace efforts and training local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict."
The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Christian Broschart
Elkins Rotary Member Grace Roy speaks with other members Monday regarding November being Rotary Foundation Month. Roy said the Rotary Foundation focuses on peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.
Roy said another focus is disease prevention and treatment. Locally, the group has worked to raise funds to assist with the eradication of polio.
"The Rotary Foundation ensures that people have sustainable access to water and sanitation by increasing equitable community access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation," Roy said. "The Foundation also educates communities about safe water, sanitation and hygiene and supports studies related to water and sanitation.
"The Rotary Foundation improves the lives of mothers and their children by improving access to essential medical services and trained health care providers for mothers and their children and supporting studies related to maternal and child health," Roy said.
"The final two focuses of the Rotary Foundation are ensuring that children have access to quality basic education and investing in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities by strengthening the development of local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities and supporting studies related to economic and community development."
The Rotary Foundation works toward achieving those goals throughout the year, Roy said.