International Projects

International Projects

Choche Coffee Growers Cooperative

Keswick Rotarians have a proud history of delivering international aid projects and supporting small UK charities that work overseas. 

Overseas Projects and Charities

These charities, staffed by volunteers, achieve a “big bang for the buck” and have transformed countless lives. Diverse in their impact they share a common theme; all are driven by people passionate about improving the quality of life for those living in poverty or without access to healthcare we take for granted. 

Our projects and supported charities include:

  • Choche Cofee Growers Cooperative: Keswick Rotary Club lead Million Birr Grant Project in Ethiopia 
  • Light Education Development (LED): Supporting mountain communities in Nepal and Peru through the distribution of solar lights; education and healthcare supplies
  • Mgebisa School: Providing a kitchen garden and sanitation for a school in Kwa Zulu Natal
  • Second Sight: Curing cataract blindness in Bihar Province, India
  • Tea Leaf Trust: Providing educational support to tea plantation workers in Sri Lanka

Disaster Relief

We contribute to international aid projects around the world. Responding to global emergencies we raise much needed funds through our wishing wells, located at Fitz Park and the corner of Main Street in the town.

On an ongoing basis, we support the UK based charity Shelterbox, who provide emergency shelter and survival equipment for families in the wake of disaster.  

Social Events & Fund Raising

We organise several social events each year to raise funds for our charities and projects with a strong emphasis on having fun. Past events have included Car Treasure Hunts, BBQs and an annual International Supper Evening at Portinscale Village Hall.

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International Projects sub-pages:

Cooperative Mill Established by the Women

Choche Coffee Growers Cooperative

more The "Million Birr" Grant Project in Ethiopia

Solar light demonstration

Light Education Development

more Meeting basic needs for light, education and healthcare in remote mountain communities

Amti at Screening Camp

Second Sight

more Curing cataract blindness amongst India's forgotten poor in Bihar province

Annual Speech Conference

Tea Leaf Trust

more Supporting the young people of Sri Lankan Tea Estates to achieve a brighter future

Spring Onions picked for lunch

Mgebisa School

more Providing sanitation and a market garden for a secondary school in Kwa Zulu Natal