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Funds urgently needed for Syrian refugees

All Please see the following report on the RIBI website

The RIBI International Committee met in Alcester earlier this week and discussed the humanitarian crisis in the countries bordering with Syria. Over 2 million people are now living in refugee camps and the numbers are increasing by the day. The committee have contacted the Rotary Disaster Box Schemes and only ShelterBox and Aquabox are actively getting their boxes into the area. Other schemes have no plans to give support at this time.

SARAID's annual exercise October 2013

It will soon be time for SARAID's annual Phase 2 exercise. Phase 2 is a realistic exercise where SARAID simulate a real life disaster situation in order for members to use the skills they have learnt. For current operational members it is a chance to brush up on skills, and for some of our "newbies" it is their big assessment, which if they pass can become operational members.

Satellite Group - new members inducted

President David inducts new members

 A big day for Solihull Rotary Club as it inducts the first three of its new members into its Satellite Group. They are already working on their first project, to help promote the Family Fun Zone at Star City, part of the free@last Charity

Oklahoma disaster Aid Update

"Diaster Aid USA is deploying to Oklahoma to help the survivors of this horrific F-4 tornado. At this time we know whole communities have been wiped out and at least 51 dead with school children among the them, as two schools were totally destroyed. Response Team members from Louisiana and Texas are preparing to leave for affected towns. During hurricane Isaac the team provided water filtration systems, debris removal, mental health counseling, ham radio access and incident command support. Please donate to any amount to help our team help the survivors and first responders."

Bikes for Africa

Jole Rider Bikes stacked in the container

Ninety-seven bikes were delivered to the Bike Shed at Tetbury to be prepared for shipment to Africa.

There were three from RC Handsworth, twelve from RC Edgbaston Convention, one from Birmingham and eighty-one from the King Edward VI Five Ways Interact Club. Handsworth, Edgbaston Convention and Birmingham clubs also donated a total of over £430 to support the transport of the bikes.

Clean water brings better health

Residents of Makoor, Kerala, India, show the effects of years of drinking and cooking with highly fluoridated water.

 The World Health Organization estimates that almost one-tenth of global diseases could be prevented by improving the water supply, sanitation, hygiene, and the management of water resources.

The citizens of Patari, a village in Uttar Pradesh, are among 25 million people in India alone who suffer the consequences of fluorosis, an irreversible condition caused by elevated levels of fluoride in drinking water. The painful effects of fluorosis can include bone deformities, calcification of ligaments and tendons, and abnormal bone density.

ShelterBox sends tents for Pakistan quake survivors

ShelterBox tents are en route to help displaced families in Mashkail, an area in Balochistan Province in south-western Pakistan that has been the most affected by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, which hit inside southern Iran near the Pakistan border on 16 April.

The violent tremors flattened much of Mashkail and the surrounding region including houses and shops. Media reports are saying national relief efforts have been delayed due to the isolation of the area.

Join the global fight against hunger!

The Food and Agriculture Organization reports that an alarming 870 million people around the world do not have sufficient access to food. Malnutrition is the largest single contributor to disease, according to the UN's Standing Committee on Nutrition. How can our vast Rotary community help alleviate one of the world's most pressing needs? It’s time to take action and join the global fight against hunger and malnutrition!

Join us for a 60-minute webinar to learn how your club and district can develop or expand sustainable projects to help reduce hunger and malnutrition in communities most in need of assistance.

Communities in the Samfya District urgently need your support this World Water Day, 22 March 2013

Life in Samfya District is incredibly hard; roughly one in ten people have access to a safe water source and fewer than one in 100 have access to somewhere safe to go to the toilet. Several times a day women and children begin the long, tiring journey to collect unsafe water. Water that they know will make them ill and even worse, could kill them.

ShelterBox Operations Information - February 2013

Australia – Flooding


Mike Greenslade (AU), Andrew Gauci (AUS)


Torrential rains and swollen rivers have damaged thousands of homes across New South Wales and Queensland and left some communities short of power, food and water. An Australian-based SRT is assessing the need in New South Wales .

Mozambique – Flooding


Tracey Wilson (SA), David Good (SA)

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