As this unusual #Rotary year 2019/2020 comes to an end, the amount of help needed around the world keeps growing. At The RCSI, we have chosen to donate from our emergency fund to support the work of Save the Children Yemen:
“As the world faces continued lock-downs in response to COVID-19, children in Yemen are even more at risk. Without access to lifesaving aid, the children of Yemen – already more vulnerable as a result of malnutrition and a devastated health system – might be pushed over the edge. Five years of relentless war has left a mark on the children of Yemen. Nearly 24 million people – including 12.3 million children – need humanitarian assistance and protection. More than 10 million children don’t have adequate access to healthcare. And two million children are out of school, at risk of exploitation and abuse. The need to stop the war on children has never been as urgent as it is at this moment.”
Thank you to all of our members, guests, fans and donors for your generosity and support; we would not be able initiate, join and support amazing life-saving initiatives around the world without you.
Mirella has a long background in the media industry where she has worked on a number of magazines in the Swedish market covering a wide range of interest areas. Over the years she has built up digital platforms and created many promotional events for the magazines she has worked for.
On the international front Mirella spent part of her working life on the Swedish edition of Cosmopolitan Magazine. In recent years, when working for The Royal Magazine, she found herself in the world of Royalty both nationally and internationally where her passion for creating business and networks found an outlet in royal circles.
Being born in Italy and raised in Sweden has meant that Mirella has experienced and developed a deep appreciation of cultural differences and the challenges of societal integration.Like many people with Italian roots, Mirella has a passion for food with Italian cuisine riding high on her list of favourites! Mirella believes that her interest in good food probably developed in the family run restaurant in Italy that surrounded her during the early years of her life. Mirella has been a Rotarian since 2016 and is dedicated to the values of Rotary. Helping other people has always been a passion for her and Rotary has given her a world of opportunities to do just that.
Mirella formally takes over as our club president on 1st July, 2020.
Togo is one of the poorest countries in the world. Launched in 2018 this project in rural Togo has so far supported 123 entrepreneurs to start their small-scale business that will help them to become self-sufficient and find their way out of poverty.
Besides providing these entrepreneurs with small startup loans, the program includes support and coaching, training, business acumen, and collaboration within small groups.
In this program Rotary is collaborating with ACTION10 who supports with coaching and methods, and with S.E.VIE who is the local partner running the program on the ground in Togo.
Rotary Clubs behind this project are our own club RC Stockholm International together with RC Stockholm Ladugårdslandet, RC Stockholm-Sergel, and Rotaract Djurgården.
Rotary clubs across Italy coordinated to supply 28 hospitals with innovative technology to protect health workers and minimize transmission of COVID-19. More than 900 Italian clubs worked together to facilitate the urgent procurement and placement of over €1.3 million worth of equipment, as hospitals and health workers faced critical shortages in March and April 2020. Support was also provided by Rotary clubs in the U.S. and Japan.
Today our club made a donation to UNHCR in support of the children and families fleeing war and violence in Syria. Our donation will contribute to the efforts of UNHCR in providing shelter, food, clean water, education and other necessities to those who have been forced to leave their homes.
In recognition of our donation we received a thank you letter together with this picture which says more than a thousand words could.