END POLIO NOW DAY
Rotary’s fourth World Polio Day celebration, on October 24th , will highlight the extraordinary progress made in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. Health officials and Rotary’s celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will be available for viewing at endpolio.org.
You can participate by: Download the World Polio Day toolkit for information and resources on planning and promoting a successful World Polio Day event, such as a viewing party or fundraiser.
Register your event here for a chance to be recognized in Atlanta, or to be featured on our website and social media pages.
Write to local media and government officials. Pitch a story about your club’s contributions to the campaign and remind them why it’s important to keep fighting.
ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. Our members promote economic and community development and reduce poverty in underserved communities through training, well-paying jobs, and access to financial management institutions. Projects range from providing people with equipment to vocational training. Our members work to strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities.
Globally, more than 74.5 million young people (ages 15-24) were unemployed in 2013.10 Equipping people with skills improves their employment options. Skills and leadership development is an important component of youth employment and poverty reduction. Youth leadership development can contribute to lifting individuals out of poverty by improving access to work, increasing productivity, and fostering sustainable economic growth. However, ensuring that skills development opportunities are accessible to the underserved communities and translated into livelihood improvements remains challenging. Expertise and leadership development are important in reducing poverty and creating a more productive workforce.
Economic and community development is one of Rotary’s six areas of focus. Unemployment, underemployment, lack of economic opportunity, lack of appropriate training, and the absence of social safety nets lie at the core of poverty. For the poor, labor is often the only asset available to improve well-being. Creating productive employment opportunities is essential for reducing poverty and achieving sustainable economic and social development, and for providing income security and empowerment especially for women, people with disabilities, youth, and the extremely poor.
- Like education and health strategies, generating income and creating opportunities for a productive workforce and entrepreneurship are essential for reducing poverty. Consider these facts: Every 1% increase in agricultural income per capita reduces the number of people living in extreme poverty by between 0.6% and 1.8%.
- Studies find strong evidence that access to microcredit leads to reduced vulnerability, in the sense of a lower threat of fluctuations in income or consumption.
- In Nigeria, studies show that a mere 1% investment in human resources such as education and training will lead to a more than 66% decrease in poverty.
- Women in low value-added sectors lack skills to access other higher value-added sectors. As shown in countries such as Singapore, Taiwan, and Malaysia, an increase in vocational training is a precondition for countries to make the transition from low to high value-added production.
There may be many opportunities in your community to help with the Economic and Community Development. Conduct a survey in your community of those organizations that help with the Economic and Community Development. Meals On Wheels, Literacy Organizations, Adult Outreach Organizations. Check with your Economic Development Organizations they may be able to assist you in finding the best organization to partner with.