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“The event was awesome. REACT [Rotaract East Africa Impact] is drawing together young leaders from diverse backgrounds and empowering them to better serve their communities.”
— Sarah Maingi, Rotaract Club of Milimani, Kenya

Empowering Young People

New Generations conferences bring young leaders into Rotary

Rotary President Ron Burton hosted several New Generations conferences to share ideas on engaging young people. The events, organized with the help of local Rotaractors, also included community service activities.

In Chennai, India, participants collected thousands of books to establish libraries in rural areas, held a rubella awareness camp hosted by local doctors, and offered free vaccinations. They also broke a Guinness World Record by organizing the world’s biggest high-five — 7,084 people stood together to form what was recognized as the largest human image of a hand.

In Kampala, Uganda, young people and community leaders organized a hand-washing campaign, distributed mosquito nets, and held blood drives. The gathering in Rosario, Argentina, drew 1,600 people from 29 countries.

Rotaractors provide clean water in Burundi

Rotaract members from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi taught residents in the Burundian city of Buterere to purify water, and properly wash their hands. Additionally, they distributed water cans, bars of soap, and educational fliers on hygiene and sanitation. The project was hosted by the Rotaract Clubs of Inyenyeri and Bujumbura, UNICEF, the Red Cross, Alchem International, Merck Pharmaceuticals, the Rotary Club of Kisumu (Kenya), and Rotary clubs in Burundi.

The effort was part of Rotaract East Africa Impact (REACT), a collaboration of Rotaract clubs in those four countries plus Tanzania. REACT helps alleviate disease, food insecurity, unsafe water, poor sanitation, and other problems in local communities.


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