In the Spring of 2016, one of our amazing members, Stephanie Levine, came up the idea to partner with the African Library Project in order to help build a community library in Lesotho! Our members went from library to library and house to house collecting books and raising money over the entire semester in order to reach our goal of over 1000 books and in order to be able to ship them over!
We recently received confirmation from the African Library Project that all of our books have arrived and are currently being distributed! In addition to being able to make an impact in education abroad, Yale Rotaract was also honored with the 2016 Global Literacy Champion Award. Thanks again to all those who helped out with this great project!
With the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, YRo decided to target Ebola for our next project. A coalition of undergraduate health organizations also collaborated in the effort, and YRo contributed in fundraising through candygrams, Toad's ticket sales, and more, culminating in a press conference at New Haven City Hall. (Yalies also held a fundraising competition against Harvard - Yale won.)
Over $1,500 dollars were raised by YRo, and went to Ebola relief efforts spearheaded by Doctors Without Borders, Partners in Health, and Save the Children. The project duration was three months.
In the first part of our project, we collaborated with the Rotary Club of New Haven and the Rotary Club of Bombay Hills South to build a brand new 23-bed eye hospital in India's Thane District. Villagers living in this area of India were in a particularly rural area, and so had little access to healthcare. With the hospital we furnished, they were able to better access proper eyecare, e.g. eyewear, cataracts, etc.
In the second part of our project, we launched a vocational training center for the rural villages of Potkhal and Baste. This project received Rotaract's Regional Outstanding Project Award, and the established vocational training facility allowed village girls and women to receive the education and training required to independently work.
The projects accounted for over $40,000 raised, both by Yale Rotaract and partner clubs: The project duration was over three years.