Rotary Service Opportunities Program: Poverty and Hunger

An overview
According to the World Bank, about 1.1 billion people survive on less than US$1 per day. And for many of the world’s poor, hunger or malnourishment is a common side effect of their financial situation. An estimated 25,000 people die each day as a result of chronic hunger problems. Countries racked by chronic poverty are more vulnerable to armed conflicts, political instability, poor governance, lawlessness, and corruption. As a result, access to basic services like education and health care are compromised and sustainable development is nearly impossible to achieve. Adding to these challenges are the effects of hunger. People who either don’t have enough to eat or are malnourished because their diets lack essential nutrients are often too weak or ill to seek education, learn job skills, or find and keep a job.

Rotary’s approach
To help alleviate poverty and hunger, Rotarians carry out thousands of service projects each year in communities around the world. They establish microcredit banks to help residents start their own small businesses. They provide seeds and training to help impoverished families grow their own gardens. And they provide low-cost housing to shelter the homeless. Through the projects they carry out in their communities, many Rotary clubs and districts are addressing poverty and hunger issues in these ways:
Raising awareness of poverty and hunger

  • Breaking the cycles of chronic poverty and hunger, and reducing the number of poor and hungry
  • Strengthening the financial security and incomes of the hungry and poor
  • Providing direct and sustainable access to food, and creating social safety nets for the hungry and poor
  • Promoting gender equality and empowering women

Take action

  • Learn how poverty and hunger affect people in your community and in the world.
  • Find out what other individuals, organizations, communities, and governments are doing to address poverty and hunger.
  • Decide what your club can do to address poverty and hunger.
  • Involve people in your community in your project.
  • Discover what resources exist in your community to address poverty and hunger.
  • Build on existing community resources to reduce poverty and hunger.
  • Develop a way to evaluate the success of your project.

From the Field

  • Poverty persists in the Philippines, despite recent attempts to boost individual incomes through land reform and other social welfare programs. In the town of Calauag, farmers suffer the most from poverty.
  • Many have neither the technical expertise nor the equipment needed to make their farms commercially viable. Unable to compete, the farmers remain locked in a cycle of poverty without access to adequate education, health care, or sanitation facilities.
  • Recognizing an opportunity to help, the Rotary Club of Calauag asked local government agricultural experts to help train farmers in modern sustainable techniques for growing corn and other profitable crops. The experts helped the club identify farmers who would benefit most from training and supplied subsidized seeds for the program. Club members also organized volunteer trainers into a Rotary Community Corps.
  • The Yellow Corn Production Program, as it is called, has trained more than 100 farmers and their families, enabling them to make a profit on their crops. The program has proved so popular that the Calauag club has increased the services it provides. Through Rotary Foundation and Philippine government grants, the program has expanded to include a microcredit loan system, improved farm infrastructure, livestock training programs, and marketing assistance.

How can Oberon Rotary be involved in the Poverty and Hunger Program?
Rotarians are encouraged to conduct service projects to help conquer poverty and hunger in communities around the world.
Any ideas how Oberon Rotary can be involved?

  • Donations?
  • World Community Service project?
  • Any other ideas??

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