Visit from International Services Chair

Navan Rotary welcomed International Services Chair Sean Dunne (Newbridge) to their meeting of 17th October 2017.

Sean explained his brief as International chair as follows: The objective of the District International Service Team is to encourage, advice and support Rotary clubs within District 1160 to make a difference internationally. To improve the lives of those communities who are hungry, thirsty or sick or who have no future, hope or shelter. We will encourage the fellowship aspect of international service through exchange programs and twinning, from which joint international projects may develop.

He then went on to explain the 4 Rotary projects that he was promoting for this year.

H20 is District 1160 Water Project for 2017 -2018

More than one billion people across the globe do not have access to safe clean drinking water - millions of them in Africa.

The absence of water has far reaching effects - on health and well-being, on the time and energy that must be spent on gathering and transporting water, and on the ability of rural poor households to irrigate their crops, and provide water to their livestock.

Right to Sight

In Africa more than 7 million people suffer from needless blindness. More than half of this blindness is due to cataract. Using new surgical technology patients with cataract can regain their sight, and their blindness can be cured by a 10 minutes operation at the cost of 25 Euros.


JOLE RIDERs flagship programme delivers bikes to schools making the journey to education possible for thousands of children.


Microfinance is a source of financial services for entrepreneurs and small businesses lacking access to banking and related services. The two main mechanisms for the delivery of financial services to such clients are: (1) relationship-based banking for individual entrepreneurs and small businesses; and (2) group-based models, where several entrepreneurs come together to apply for loans and other services as a group.

President Marie then thanked him for his very informative presentation.

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