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NEPAL: District and RotaryGBI Response.
 
Clubs in the District have been out collecting for the people of Nepal after the earthquake that has devastated the country. They have collected nearly £60,000 as at 18 May. Clubs have allocated the money collected to various charities and funds that have been set up to help the people in Nepal.
 
Clubs in the District have bought 32 Shelter Boxes, which will provide families with shelter and other vital equipment that they need to survive after the disaster and start rebuilding their lives. 

Liz Odell, PP Nailsworth RC, who is a Shelter Box Response Team Leader, has just returned from her 4 week deployment in Nepal.
 
Liz says on her Twitter posts whilst she was there “In 2 weeks my team has given shelter to over 1,500 families. Up at 5.00 am to load 5 trucks, 10 hours in the car on the most terrifying mountain roads to deliver 366 shelter kits in remote villages of Sindhupalchok. It's raining again.”
 
Well done Liz, glad to see you safely home after helping so many people.


RotaryGBI Nepal Earthquake Appeal
 
The RotaryGBI Nepal Earthquake appeal has reached £75,000 and consideration as to where the money is to be spent is currently under way.

Dr Tim Mitchell of the Rotary Club of Bristol and the District’s advisor on Nepal was lucky enough to have time on Friday to meet up with Chris Sowton who set up Global Action Nepal (GAN)  www.nepalaction.global. Tim is a Trustee of the Pahar Trust that has a long relationship  with GAN. The Pahar Trust Nepal has been approved by the General Council of RIBI as a partner charity.
We have suggested to RotaryGBI that GAN has a project that needs rapid approval and seems to match the funding that could be available from RIBI. It is a perfect opportunity for Rotary to act decisively and get the money working in this current year. As soon as funding is agreed, work can start - in fact it has to start asap for the buildings to be in place before the monsoon.
The project will directly benefit 140,000 people (including 48,000 children) living in five districts, which were heavily affected by the recent double earthquakes. Through the empowerment and upskilling of 700 young Nepalis, the main aim of the project is to (1) Ensure that education can continue where schools have been damaged or destroyed and (2) Disseminate key educational messages in critical areas such as health, hygiene, sanitation and disaster-preparedness and provide psychosocial support.
 
The project is sustainable as the temporary classrooms would become community centres in the long term, once the schools damaged are rebuilt.  
 
The project will also provide micro funding which will be used to empower local communities to build rubbish pits and ensure clean water and sanitation.
 
We will have to wait and see if the RotaryGBI trustees think that this is a project that could be supported.


The progress from ShelterBox so far:

Distributed aid (to date May 24):
 525 tents (44 for medical use) 
2,674 shelter kits 
75 tarpaulins (for medical distributions)
 
Chartered shipments (to date):
 1,500 ShelterBoxes due to arrive in three shipments over the next three days
1,500 shelter kits & 2,500 tarpaulins due to arrive 27.05. 

ShelterBox is a Rotary International Partner.

RotaryGBI Young Citizen Awards

Chloe Ball-Hopkins from Kingwood, Wooten-Under-Edge was nominated for a Rotary GBI Young Citizen Award which she received at the RotaryGBI Conference in Belfast. Chloe has also been awarded  a Diana Award for being a Diana Courageous Citizen. This award has the support of HRH Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry. Chloe was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cotswold Tyndale. The award is presented to inspirational young people who have made a positive difference in their communities. "These young people have the confidence and courage to stand up for what they believe," said Tessy Ojo CEO of the Diana Award.
Vocational Training Team to Bulgaria
 
Thank you to the clubs that have helped fund the VTT project to Bulgaria. We are currently recruiting team members. Details are available on the District 1100 website.
 
Clubs wishing to nominate a team member will be asked to contribute a minimum of £300, if they haven’t done so already.

 
RotaryGBI Young Musician
 
Lydia Kenny playing Alto Sax represented the Region at the National Final on 16 May. Lydia didn’t win but the experience and being among the 8 Regional instrumental finalists is a great achievement

Conference 2015 and Conference Survey
 
Conference 2015 held at Warwick University was a great success and those that attended had a great time. The accounts have been finalised and we ended up with a small shortfall of £138, which will be financed from the Conference Reserve. Well done the Conference Team.
 
To help in planning future Conferences we are undertaking a survey of Rotarians in the District. The online survey is on the District website and will close on 31 May 2015. The information collected will be analysed and will help DGN Richard Purdon and DGNN Alan Hudson plan the Conferences that they will be organising
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