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As well as supporting in the immediate aftermath, Rotary is able to use our network of clubs across the globe to introduce sustainable, community development projects in the longer term.
The Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust (formerly known as the Donations Trust) is a registered charity (number 1119688), established in 2007, which collates donations and makes grants to Rotary projects working to rebuild communities.
Since then the charity has continued its work with the purpose of responding to major disasters at home and abroad in the reconstruction phase following a disaster.
Typical projects include constructing and equipping school and community centres, rebuilding infrastructure and providing rescue vehicles.
Over the last three years, the Donations Trust has collated funds for earthquakes in Italy, New Zealand and Nepal, flooding in the UK, Ireland and Pakistan as well as hurricanes in the Caribbean.
Latest updates from the Trust, including the response to previous and current appeals can be read in the Trust’s newsletter (published August 2020).
To keep up to date with the ongoing work of the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust, head to their Facebook Page.
Turkey Disaster Appeal
On 30th October, a powerful earthquake struck just off Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos.
The 7.0 magnitude tremor was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province destroying homes, killing at least 115 people, injuring over 1,000, with some still unaccounted for. The shallow tremor also triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos, and is the deadliest earthquake of 2020 so far.
Rotary clubs are eligible to apply for funding from the Disaster Recovery Trust to create and implement sustainable, community development projects for areas recently affected by disasters.
For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Disaster Recovery Trust page within My Rotary. Please note this area is only accessible to Rotary members.
If you would like to support the Disaster Recovery Trust, you can:
Please note that all donations are subject to a 2% administration charge to support the running of the trust, and in the event that no suitable project can be found within a period of five years, the donations will be transferred to the Disaster Recovery Trust’s General Fund.
Unless an appeal has been specified your donation will be allocated to our ‘General Disaster Fund’.