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Breaking stereotypes in the Neelum Valley, Pakistan

Students in Pakistan’s Neelum Valley display the backpacks they received from members of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar.

Students in Pakistan’s Neelum Valley display the backpacks they received from members of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar.

By Talha Mushtaq

Many nonprofits are working hard to increase social welfare programs. Being unified in their approach, some may focus on one issue, such as improving the literacy rate, while others concentrate on employment. Our Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar has made a name for itself in our community by being multifaceted.

One of over 8,000 Rotaract clubs around the world supported by Rotary, we are committed to not only supporting education but to other efforts, including the fight to
eradicate polio. These efforts havewon the hearts of community members and improved the positive image of Rotary.

Recently, 13 members of our club traveled 800 kilometers from Jhang to Kashmir to provide services to the poor. The Rotaractors made their way into the mountains of Kashmir carrying suitcases full of books and backpacks to give to more than 300 students. Five new libraries were inaugurated, and we delivered essential supplies like stationery, books, and snack items to five schools. The project would have been impossible without the leadership and motivation of our club trainer, M. Talha Mushtaq; Haseeb Sarfraz; and our club president, Zeeshan Haider.

The club also organized a massive End Polio Now campaign in the Neelum Valley to educate the kids and their families about the importance of immunization to stop the spread of polio. We cannot stop immunization efforts until all children are vaccinated against the crippling disease. To get more youth involved with the campaign, we held a friendly cricket match for children.

The most important thing we discovered through this project is how critical it is to build connections with the community. Rather than just donating supplies, books, and food, we saw that having conversations with the village members can mean so much more. When we share our stories, we break stereotypes about education, especially for girls. When we provide training and resources, we dispel myths about vaccinations to protect children and future generations.

And as our club continues our journey, we draw inspiration from our national heroes in Pakistan, like female-education advocate Malala Yousafzai. Together, we are making positive changes in Pakistan and building a successful and sustainable future for everyone in our community.

150925_mushtaq_profileAbout the author: Talha Mushtaq is a member of the Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar, Punjab, Pakistan, and serves as the Rotaract Conference Chairman for Rotary District 3272. The Rotaract Club of Jhang Saddar was established in 1989 and has sponsored nine service projects already this year.



By Meg Spencer Vicki Rankin used funding from the Rotary Club of Florence, Oregon, USA, to introduce small-group workstations in her classroom at Siuslaw Elementary School.

Many young professionals in Florence, Oregon, end up leaving when their children reach school age, seeking greener educational pastures for their kids. Our club began to think about how we could help our schools keep those bright young families around.

We came up with the idea of a Continuing Professional Education Fellowship program, modeled after a national teacher grant program we had seen, to help teachers pursue professional development.



By Heidi Resetarits

Heidi Resetaritis at a 5K walk/run to promote health and fitness and raise money for PolioPlus.

Little moments of connectivity in life — who you talk to, who you share with — can completely change your trajectory. A few years ago at a holiday work party, I met my friend and future mentor, Ann Tull. The party was dull, but our conversation sparked a little light in me that transformed my life. 

Ann introduced me to Rotary, and eventually encouraged me to apply for an Ambassadorial Scholarship. I realized that working toward higher education and a future that revolved around Service Above Self was what I was looking for. A year later and I was on my way to the United Nations University for Peace in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica, as an Ambassadorial Scholar from Rotary District 5450.



By Wendy Coulson Catalán

Participants in last year's International Day of Peace celebration form a peace circle.

Upon landing in Mexico in late April, I hit the ground running. I was asked to share my amazing experience as a recent graduate of the Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok at a peace conference organized by our local Rotary club and Camino de la Paz. Soon after, I was invited to participate on the organizing committee for International Peace Day.



By Quentin Wodon Students in Nepal use laptops provided by OLE Nepal. Photo by OLE Nepal

Rotary members come in many different styles. Most have a day job and engage in service work in their free time. Some go a step further: They make service work their day job!

Rabi Karmacharya belongs to the second group. In 2007, he founded Open Learning Exchange (OLE) Nepal. His organization is respected internationally as a pioneer in the integration of technology in the classroom. OLE Nepal has worked with Nepal’s Department of Education to make laptops available in schools. But much more importantly, it has also developed great digital learning materials for students, and trained teachers to use technology and digital libraries to enhance learning.






Oct 14, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Oct 21, 2015
Ken Herar
Cycling for Diversity/100 Year Journey
Oct 28, 2015
DG Bill Robson
District 5050 official governor visit
Nov 04, 2015
David Truman, Polio Plus Chair, District 5050
Polio Plus and the Rotary Foundation
Nov 18, 2015
No Meeting - Interclub meeting Nov 19
Don Funk Rotarian of the Year
Nov 25, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Dec 02, 2015
Abigail Guenette
Rotary Youth Exchange to Japan
Dec 09, 2015
Business Meeting
Update from the Board
Dec 16, 2015
Christmas Social Meeting
Merry Christmas!
Jan 06, 2016
Dave Stark
Rotary at Work BC


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