International Development and Disaster Relief
together we can change lives
Rotary New Zealand assists its partners in providing support to those living in poverty or affected by natural disasters. Our goal is to create sustainable outcomes - in the form of a hand up rather than a handout.
Join us in our efforts to relieve suffering and poverty in developing countries. Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, is at the heart of everything we do.
Disaster relief. When our Pacific neighbours require immediate assistance following a cyclone, tsunami or earthquake, we distribute Emergency Response Kits. Once the initial response has passed, we help local people rebuild their lives. This might involve repairing homes, schools and hospitals, restoring water supplies and sanitation, and so on.
International development. We assist struggling communities make long-lasting improvements to their economic and social circumstances. We provide funding, project management expertise and experienced mentors to build capacity in affected communities so that they can become self-sufficient.
Emergency Response Kits
People can lose everything, including loved ones, when disaster strikes. You can help in a practical way. Help survivors get through the first days by providing Emergency Response Kits. Kits contain basic equipment so that a family can construct a simple shelter and clothe themselves. There are essentials such as tools, toiletries, first aid supplies and household items.
Help us create a polio-free world. All children including those in challenging environments need the vaccine to protect them from this paralysing and potentially fatal disease. Rotary and its partners have been working to eradicate polio for 30 years. While the incidence of polio has plummeted by 99.9%, we must sustain the progress until transmission stops. Please mark World Polio Day, 24th October, with your gift.
It’s all about teamwork. Without your generosity, partner projects in developing countries cannot be funded. But it takes more than money to really change lives. It takes compassion for those less fortunate than ourselves, expertise in many areas, stewardship, mentoring, capacity building and a can-do attitude – all of which we are able and keen to facilitate.
Working with Civil Defence and other agencies in the Pacific, Rotary New Zealand provides rapid response when there are humanitarian crises such as the devastating floods in Fiji. Donations help us provide Emergency Response Kits and other basic needs. We also support and work with our partners in the recovery phase.
Gift Cards Launched to Help Pacific Neighbours
When disaster strikes in the Pacific, our Rotary Emergency Response Kits (ERKs) are in hot demand. When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji last season, we distributed over 1000 Kits to families who needed shelter, bedding, tools, medical supplies and other absolute essentials to survive.
During the crisis, Rotarians and other donors began asking whether we had gift cards. They told us they wanted to be able to gift a Kit or some of its contents to a friend or loved one as a wedding, anniversary, birthday or memorial present. We responded immediately and can now offer gift cards to our donors.
How does it work? Make your donation to our Emergency Response Kit cause on this page, then send us an email with the name and address of the recipient and amount you have donated. We will post a gift card to your friend or family member on your behalf.
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NZ$5 million from New Zealand Government to fight polio
The New Zealand Government has confirmed it will provide Rotary New Zealand with new funding for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to help eradicate polio worldwide.
It will provide a further NZ$5 million to help end polio transmission in the last remaining countries of Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. New Zealand funding will be used to purchase and distribute polio vaccines, support polio surveillance and monitoring, fund immunisation campaigns and strengthen routine immunisation systems.
Through the work of the GPEI and donors, including New Zealand, an estimated 16 million people who would otherwise have been paralyzed by polio are active and the world has saved more than US$27 billion in health costs.
Rotary New Zealand gratefully acknowledges the support of Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee and his officials who have worked collaboratively with them to achieve this outcome. GPEI Rotary spokesperson in New Zealand, Stuart Batty, said that the Government could be justly proud of its continued support of the important global initiative and that the announcement brings their total funding for GPEI to more than NZ$10 million.
The world has made great gains in the fight against polio. The incidence of the disease has decreased by more than 99 per cent since 1988, with just ten recorded cases of polio so far in 2017.
Rotary is committed to ensuring that they build on this success until there are no new polio cases. If one case remains, there is always the risk that polio could resurge and spread to countries that are now polio-free. “When polio has been removed, it will join smallpox as the only human diseases to be permanently eradicated from the world,” Stuart Batty said.