Foundation Minute

Posted by Lana Rouff on Sep 16, 2017
Foundation Minute for Week of September 18th

More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate.  That’s 17% of the world’s adult population.  Rotary’s goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.   It supports education for all children and literacy for children and adults. 

It does this by taking action to empower educators to inspire learning at all ages.  It encourages the sharing of knowledge and experience with educators and other professionals who work with vulnerable populations.  It supports education through scholarships, donations and service projects around the world.

In Afghanistan, Rotary members opened a girl’s school to break the cycle of poverty and social imbalance.  Rotary members in Detroit partnered withProLiteracy Detroit to recruit and train tutors, after a study showed that more than half of the local adult population was functionally illiterate.  TheSOUNS program in South Africa, Puerto Rico and the US teaches educators how to improve literacy by teaching children to recognize letters by sounds instead of names.  And Rotarians in Lebanon are providing clean, fresh water to every public school, so students can be healthier and get a better education. 

When you teach somebody to read, they have that for a lifetime.  It ripples through the community, one by one. 

Your continued financial support of the Rotary Foundation allows this to happen.  Thank you.  

Financial Support Needed:  Rotary Club of Ensenada in Mexico needs financial assistant to purchase computers for an orphanage and school.  Contact:  Octavio Sanchez: