A Showcase of Rotary Projects

Rotary Makes a Difference! Here are a few examples of projects in which our district is/has been involved both locally and internationally. 

World Polio Day

Overcoming Polio

TV star Ade Adepitan sums up, in a few seconds, the important role Rotary has played in overcoming polio - a disease which he contracted in childhood.

Halcon Project: Caring for Others - developing skills, knowledge and confidence. 

Part of the Halcon area in Taunton is regarded as the 5th most deprived area in the UK, and there is a need to prepare residents for work and break the cycle of benefit dependency - these social issues exist throughout the UK.

Rotary has been instrumental in assisting the Taunton East Development Trust in Halcon over the last three years through provision of the board of trustees, alongside volunteers, and using Rotarians' skill mix including strategy, risk management, finance, legal and project management to address specific needs of residents, be they legal, financial or around disability. In addition there has been provision of daily volunteers to manage enquiries at the Link Centre, and signpost people appropriately. Sustainability of the project is vital: Rotary's three year financial commitment and negotiations with key financial stakeholders help to underpin the charity’s future. 
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    District 1200 Ugandan Water Project

    Help save lives by supporting us in our quest to install and refurbish water wells in Uganda. Key objectives are supply access to water and sanitation for all by sustainable utilisation and management of drinking water at community and household level.
    A Rotary Club of Yeovale initiative.

Water Survival Box charity was established in 2006 and all bar one of the trustees are Rotarians. Our objective is to provide our boxes to victims of disasters such as typhoons, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis and monsoons where they may have lost everything.
The box contains essential items to enable a family of 5 to re-establish themselves in the aftermath of a disaster when they need to start rebuilding their lives. However the main element of the box is a Grifaid Water Filter and pump which will provide up to 100000 litres of safe drinking water which is essential when water systems are damaged or non-existent. The boxes are provided at no cost to the recipients or agencies involved in delivery.
Since 2006 we have distributed over 17000 of our boxes to 74 disasters in 34 countries., working with other NGOs who do the distribution work for us. These include UNICEF, UNHCR, Red Cross, Save the Children, WHO and several others.
Our operation is entirely voluntary and we turn over about £150,000 per annum. Since 2018 we have formed partnerships in Switzerland and Denmark where Rotarians have established fundraising and awareness charities and who support us by providing cash when a major disaster occurs.


When disaster strikes, safe water is essential to protect against water-borne disease. Rotary’s Water Survival Box provides a safe and effective way of giving a family up to 100000 litres of safe water. The Box also contains a range of essential survival items including cooking pots, bowls/plates, mugs, and utensils; health and hygiene items; basic shelter and simple tools; etc. This local charity has sent out over 15000 boxes since 2006 covering 62 disasters in 31 countries.


How can you help?

Make a donation to Water Survival Box Ltd at:Water Survival Box Ltd Broadway House Third Avenue Westfield Industrial Estate Midsomer Norton Somerset BA3 4XDTel: +44 (0) 1761-409115

or by Bank Transfer to: CAF Bank, West Malling
Bank Code: 40-52-40 Account: Water Survival Box Ltd 
A/C No: 00020591


The standard water survival box is designed for a family of five who have lost their homes and all their possessions following natural or man-made disaster.
1st priority is the water purification kit – to protect against water-borne disease.

● Boxes are packed with a set of new contents.● All boxes are identical. This speeds up the customs inspection process.● Water Survival Boxes are consigned to the local Rotary Club, local Red Cross Society, or handled by locally based representatives of international aid agencies.● We aim to get the boxes to survivors of disaster as soon as possible after the event to protect against water-borne disease.

Where in the world have we helped?

AnguillaArgentinaBangladeshBritish Virgin Islands Burkina FasoChadChileColombiaComoros (Indian Ocean) EcuadorGuatemalaHaitiIndiaIndonesiaJapanKashmir

Myanmar (Burma) Nepal
Sri Lanka
Sint Maareten / St Martin Syria

Shree Saraswoti School in Nepal

Take a look at a key project in Nepal, in which the incoming District Governor, Michael Fernando, has been involved.

Rotary Peace Fellows

You could have the opportunity to study overseas and make a real difference to your own life and that of others. Rotary Peace Fellows are working in diverse peace and development careers globally. They work to address the root causes of conflict and contribute to Rotary’s areas of focus. Learn more including how YOU can apply...