International Projects take many forms.
We utilise the power of Rotary International to work jointly with Clubs from other countries to ensure that our goals are met, to ensure that donated monies does get to those that it was destined.
Using Rotary matching grants increases the amount of funds that might not otherwise be available
Funds were set aside in 2016 for a 3-4 year project to build a suspension bridge and provide Teacher Training to the the Koratari settlement in Labasa Fiji.
This fund has been named in honour of Neil Garnett who was a member of our club until he passed away in 2015. Neil was born in Fiji and during his time with the club has had a passion for the International Committees at District and Club level and was District Shelterbox Co-ordinator
Located Southwest of the Labasa township in Fiji, Koratari is made up of five communal villages, with a population exceeding 250 people who reside the across the river from the main public transportation access road.
Children attending the Koratari Arya School have no means of getting to school during rainy season, as the river level rises above levels safe for crossing the river without proper water transportation. Parents and communities at times also use rubber rafts and inflated automobile tire tubes, as means of transporting the children acrosss the river.
The Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside In conjunction with a number of other partners including the Fijian Government, Past President David's old UK Rotary Club of Brit Valley and other UK Rotary Clubs have applied for funding from Rotary Foundation to build a Suspension Bridge across the river and to provide Teacher training on a regular basis to the school.
Many of our club members have used their own personal time and resources to help out personally on overseas projects. These include projects such as Rotahomes in Fiji, or helping out in the Phillipines or in Dairy Factory programmes in Tanzania.
Often we contribute to disasters around the world although focus is generally on the Pacific islands.
Contributions have been made to our Partner Organisation Shelter box programme or Rotary’s own ERK’S (Emergency Response Kits)
In 2015 member Rob Geering identifed surplus medical equipment such as zimmer frames, hospital beds, wheel chairs, crutches were being disposed of.
He quickly latched on to the idea of transporting this equipment to the Pacific Islands. Courtesy of Parks Towing Ltd who stored the ever increasing pile of equipment for a number of months at no charge,
The impact of cyclone Winston in early 2016 saw an immediate need for this medical equipment. The International Committee in conjunction with the Rotary NZ World Community Service (RNZWCS) co-ordinated with the Rotary Club of Taveuni Island to get the medical equipment to Fiji and in particular to Taveuni Island.
This also involved a working group from Bishopdale Burnside loading the equipment out of Rob’s Business and loading into containers for shipment to the islands.
International Projects that the Rotary Club of Bishopdale Burnside have engaged in:
Funding to Koratari Village, Fiji
Sending of Medical Equipment to Taveuni Island Fiji
Fiji - Cyclone Winston Relief
Tonga water project
Sister City student exchange
Books from Bookarama selected for shipment to Tonga and other Pacific Islands
Sponsor the purchase Emergency Response Kits
Sponsorship of Shelter Boxes
Contribution to District Disaster Fund
Sponsor biogas digester in Tanzania
Health screening on outer Samoan islands
Contribution for shipping container to Fiji containing medical supplies and educational equipment
Contribution toward Purple Pinky Day and Polio Plus
Contribution to Philippine relief Fund
Contribution to Vanuatu Disaster Funds
Support of Christchurch West Rotary Club - Students to Tanzania
Contributed to Australian Fires Relief Fund
Contribution to Tonga Relief Appeal
Contributions to the Rotary Polio Plus Programmes