International projects

Rotary Club of Roundhay, Leeds stands as a beacon of community service and global outreach. This dynamic group is not only committed to identifying and championing international projects, but also collaborates seamlessly with other clubs, both home and abroad, to magnify their impact. Always on the front lines during crises, they respond swiftly to declared emergencies, underscoring their dedication to humanitarian efforts. Moreover, the club is astutely aware of available grant opportunities, ensuring they can harness resources effectively.

End Polio Now

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Our members have contributed to the more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort. Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.

Water and Sanitation

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

Frank Water and Sand Dams

Our club has worked with and supported Frank Water and Sand Dams Worldwide in order to help bring clean water and improved sanitation to some of the poorest communities around the world. Frank Water is an organisation focussed on bringing safe water, sanitation and hygiene to people and communities in India and Nepal.

Sand Dams Worldwide is a registered charitable company that supports some of the world’s poorest people to transform their own lives through water and soil conservation in drylands.

Disaster Response

With more than 1.4 million members worldwide, Rotary members are on the ground and ready to take action to help communities recover when disasters strike. Members of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation play a unique role in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. Working closely with our partner Shelter Box and other organizations that specialize in disaster relief, Rotary members lead projects to support every phase of a community’s recovery. We support three phases of relief.

Immediate response: Our local clubs and partners immediately offer helping hands and supplies.

Short-term assistance: We help affected communities wherever we can through funds and materials to re-establish day-to-day operations.

Long-term rebuilding: We plan and implement projects that rebuild affected communities.


Recent donations include:

The following donations were made for humanitarian relief abroad:

£800 to Frank Water for improved Water purification in rural India

£1000 Sand Dam contribution to establish a Dam in rural Kenya

£500 donated for Aqua box Community water purification in the Ukraine.

£1250 to Ukrainian refugees in Leeds following Russia’s invasion.

£200 for Shoe box scheme filled with toys etc. for Children in Ukraine

£400 towards Shelter box and Aqua box relief in Turkey and Syria

£2700 Rotary Club of Kandy Sri Lanka Emergency food and medicines.

£800 Flood relief in Pakistan

£400 to KSV Yorkshire School in Sri Lanka built after the tsunami

£1111 Support for Mental Health schemes in Calicut Kerala India

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