International Service

Our club is famous for supporting local community efforts but did you know we also serve global initiatives. In the Fall of this year, with our partners from Hand Up we successfully raised over $68,000US with the help of the Rotary Foundation to provide potable water to over 10,000 people in North West Cameroon. Our global partner is the Rotary Club of Kumbo in the Cameroon who will supervise the project on our behalf and it is scheduled for completion in 2018.


BRINGING CLEAN WATER …to over 10,000 people in the Cameroon in 2018

The Southampton Rotary Club in partnership with our global partner the Rotary Club of Kumbo have recently secured funding approval from the Rotary Foundation for this water project in the Mbororo District of the Cameroon.

The Mbororo communities depend on cattle rearing. They used to be nomads and wandered from one place to another in search of pasture for their cattle. Relatively recently, they have been forced to settle into communities due to limited supply of land for development purpose. Because they were the last to settle, they had to make do with land that no one else wanted. Their access to clean water is deplorable and they must consume water from the same sources as their cattle. Many residents suffer from water borne diseases.

Project Outline:
The project will provide 4 villages with around 10,000 inhabitants with a convenient source of potable water that is spring fed from a source in the hills and delivered by gravity to tap stands within their communities on the lower areas. The total cost of the project will be $68,180 US. Funded as follows:

Clubs and individuals: $19,480 US (approx. $24,350 Cdn)
District 6330 (DDF): $19,480 US (approx. $24,350 Cdn)
The Rotary Foundation: $29,220 US (approx. $36,525 Cdn)
Total financing: $68,180.00 US (approx. $85,225C @ $1.25 Cdn to USD)

The following clubs/individuals were involved in the Fund raising effort lead by our club: Northern Bruce Peninsula, Wiarton, Hepworth/Shallow Lake, Tara, Southampton, Mildmay, Meaford, Thornbury - Clarksburg, London South, St Thomas, St Clair, Flint and 2 Private Donors. About Hand Up:

• In the past 20 years, Hand Up Group has invested over $2 million in Cameroon.
• Over 40 Rotary Clubs and 3 Interact Clubs have contributed.
• Hand Up has brought convenient, potable water to over 100 communities.
• Water beneficiaries total 203 823
• The Hand Up Group is managed by representatives from 6 Rotary Clubs from District 6330
• Details of our many projects can be found on on our Facebook page at:

Fund Raising for Hand Up

Just one imaginative way we helped raise the funding. At our Annual Dinner Auction in October 2017 we auctioned a bottle of Town Municipal Tap for $500 not once but 3 times….! Raising $1500 dollars towards the Project in Mbororo, Cameroon.

Disaster Relief Support

Each year natural disasters occur throughout the world and it’s difficult to respond to each and everyone. So to be proactive we channel our support by an annual contribution to Shelter Box and Aqua Box who are both internationally respected Rotary Partners. These boxes are then ready and available to be dispatched as the need arises. ShelterBox

These sturdy green ShelterBoxes are designed to help people who have lost everything. They are filled with practical tools and utensils that help to create the framework for everyday life.

Each contains a family-sized tent that protects people from the elements and provides a safe space in which people can start to recover from physical and emotional trauma. The contents differ depending on the disaster and the climate, but items such as solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils help start the process of creating a home.

Aquabox is a project of the Rotary Club Stratford, which tries to keep a supply of them on hand to ship to disaster zones as needed. One box is enough to keep a family of five supplied with 10 cups of drinking water each daily for one year. Unpotable water from a creek or pond can be made drinkable using the kit’s filters.

Aqua Box:


Rotary’s flagship international project is the eradication of Polio from the world. Since 1988, we have seen a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. In 2016 we only saw wild polio in 3 countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. Each year our club makes a financial pledge of 1000 dollars to the Rotary Foundation to help fight the disease.