Disaster Recovery Trust

Rebuilding communities in the long term is just as important as responding following the immediate aftermath of disasters.

A helping hand for the long term.

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 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 Disaster Recovery Trust has collated funds for natural disasters in India, the Caribbean, Australia, the UK & Ireland and Turkey as well as countries effected by Cyclone Idai.

Social Media

To keep up to date with the ongoing work of the Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust, head to their Facebook Page.

Latest Newsletter

Latest updates from the Trust, including the response to previous and current appeals can be read in the Trust’s newsletter (published January 2021).

Previous projects supported

Since the Trust was founded in 2007, it has helped communities both at home, and in countries around the world.

Take a more in depth look at three life-changing projects the Trust has contributed towards in the UK, Nepal and the Bahamas.

Restoring community buildings in Kendal

Rebuilding after Tropical Storm Dorian

A new school from the rubble in Nepal

Current appeals

General Disaster Appeal 

The Rotary GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust has a General Disaster Fund, for which donations can be received at any time. Due to its nature the funds held within are less restricted to a specific disaster or geographical area and thus can be utilised to support a larger variety of projects.

Pakistan Disaster Appeal 

Beginning in June 2022 floods caused by heavier than usual monsoon rains which followed a severe heat wave have killed over 1,100 people in Pakistan and displaced over 364,000 more.

In help and support of our friends the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust has launched this Pakistan Disaster appeal.

Contributions received will help affected communities in Pakistan once the waters have rescinded.

Turkey & Syria Disaster Appeal 

During the early hours of Monday 6th February 2023, a series of earthquakes hit southern Turkey and Northern Syria. So far, there have been over 11,000 lives lost and many more injured and in need of assistance.

In help and support of our friends the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust has launched this Turkey & Syria Disaster appeal.

Contributions received will help affected communities in Turkey & Syria once the rubble has been cleared.

Supporting the Disaster Recovery Trust

There are a variety of ways in which donations can be made to the Disaster Recovery trust.

The trust accepts donations in a variety of ways:

  • By an online card payment through GiveStar. The GiveStar appeals are visible by clicking on the buttons under the Current Appeals heading.
  • By post - Cheques made payable to Rotary International in GB&I Disaster Recovery Trust can be sent to Kinwarton Road, Alcester, B49 6PB. Please ensure that you have indicated the relevant appeal if applicable.
  • By bank transfer – Please email the Trust's support team to receive the relevant information.

Unless an appeal has been specified your donation will be allocated to our ‘General Disaster Fund’.

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 for a specific appeal, the appeal donations will be transferred to the Disaster Recovery Trust’s General Fund.

Gift Aid

The use of Gift Aid is important as it enables your donation to be enhanced by a payment from HMRC. If you are a UK Tax Payer, please complete the relevant Gift Aid form below:

Please note: Donations made through third parties incur transaction charges to the charity.

Apply for funding

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.

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