Rotary International - Southwest Finland and Åland Islands - District 1410

Rotary shortly

We are 1.2 million neighbours, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

Rotary, established in Chicago in 1905, came to Finland in 1926.  Today Finland has a good 300 rotary clubs and approximately 11.000 Rotarians in a population of 5,4 million. Finnish Rotary clubs are divided into six Districts, with District 1420 being responsible for the administration of the Rotary clubs in Estonia.

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle  the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members from more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

Who: Rotary brings together the kind of people who step forward to take on important issues for local communities worldwide. Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business owners and stay-at-home parents all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.

Where: From Haiti and Greenland to Nigeria and Singapore, Rotary unites a truly diverse set of leaders from across the world. Currently, the largest number of clubs comes from the United States, India, Japan and Brazil. The fastest growing Rotary regions include Southeast Asia and Africa.

What: Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development.


International projects:

Sambia well project III, 2012-2013.
Responsible club is Pori RC and person in charge Mr. Paavo Cajander. There are about 20 clubs in this project from our district. Total budget is 56 000 USD. In the project there will be done 9 wells in Sambia to support clean water for the villages. The co-operation part in Sambia is Livingstone RC. Project no MG1377156.

Our district is also part of Estonia Tür childrens home support project with the lead of Germans. Project is done in 2013 and it provides childrens home with suitable vehicle. The responsible club in Finland is Kokemäki RC and person in charge is Mr. Tapio Salomaa. Project no MG1379082

Poland papillomavirus vaccination project 2013-2014. Responsible club is Alastaro RC and person in charge Mr. Paavo Mäkimattila. There are also other Rotary Clubs from area 5 in the project. In the project women in risk group are vaccinated against papillomavirus in South-East Poland in Zamosc area. The co-operation club is Zamosc RC. Project's total budget is 28 500 USD. Project no MG1379396.

India toilet project 2013-2014. This project is co-ordinated in distrcit 1410, so called district project, responsible club is Turku International RC and person in charge is Mr. Anssi Himmanen. District's person in charge is Mr. Pentti Aspila. The project includes three toilets buillt in schools in North India Haryana province to enable girls attending school and getting education. If the girls do not have their own toilets, they are not allowed to attend the school. Project is a district project and the co-operation part in India is district 3080, club responsible is Kharar RC. Total budget of the project is 31 500 USD. Project no MG1379117.

The projects funded by Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland:

IT-project for schools in Kenya 2011-2014.
Project is administratively district 1410 project and responsible club is Forssa RC, person in charge is Mr. Pentti Aspila. Other responsible parts are Sepänhaka RC and The Upper Secondary School of Forssa (Forssan Yhteislyseo).

In the first phase of the project in 2007-2011 there were two Kenian schools equipped with IT equipment and teahcers and students were taught to use IT. In the second phase starting in 2011 the operation mode has been developped to suit several new schools and to support the project the Rotary based society of Pro Kenia ry was establised. Through the society there has been delivered more than 1900 second-hand computes to 130 different schools.

The local co-operation partners are directly the Kenyan schools. The Ministry For Foreign Affairs of Finland funds the project. Total budget for the period of 2011-2014 is 199 000 €.

The first phase budget was 185 000 €. Additionally computers delivered through Pro Kenia ry are estimated to be about 200 000 €.


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