Today, 42 million people are displaced by armed conflict or per-secution. Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and support long-term peace building in areas affected by conflict.
More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. Our members educate and mobilize communities to help prevent the spread polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Many of our projects ensure that medical training facili-ties are located where the workforce lives.
PROVIDING CLEAN WATER
More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. Our projects give communities the ability to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and sup-port studies related to water and sanitation.
SAVING MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. To help reduce this rate, we provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to essential medical services, and sup-port trained health care providers for mothers and their children.
Sixty-seven million children worldwide have no access to educa-tion and more than 775 million people over age 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
GROWING LOCAL ECONOMIES
Nearly 1.4 billion employed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We carry out service projects that enhance economic and com-munity development and develop opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old.