Sixty-five million people are displaced by armed conflict or persecution, and 90 percent of armed-conflict casualties are civilians, half of them children. Through service projects, fellowships, and other Rotary-sponsored campaigns, members train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict, and aid refugees who have fled dangerous areas. Members also pursue projects to address the underlying structural causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.
Conflict and violence displaced more than 68 million people in the past year, and half of those are children.
We refuse to accept conflict as a way of life. Rotary projects provide training that fosters understanding and provides communities with the skills to resolve conflicts.
HOW ROTARY MAKES HELP HAPPEN
Through our service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, our members are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.
Rotary makes amazing things happen, like:
Improving quality of life. Rotary members founded the People for People Foundation, which has helped 10,000 families afford food, clothing, rent, utilities, medications, and other necessities.
Raising awareness of bullying. Rotaract clubs in the Philippines conduct anti bullying campaigns in schools to teach children how to handle conflict peacefully from an early age.
Protecting domestic violence survivors and their families. The U.S. state of Louisiana has the fourth highest incidence of death caused by domestic violence. Local Rotary members met this issue by helping a shelter provide food, clothing, legal advocacy, and counseling to over 500 women in one year.
Promoting positive peace. Rotary has partnered with the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent think tank and leader in the study of peace and conflict, to help address the root causes of conflict and create conditions that foster peace.
- 100 peace fellowships are offered each year at Rotary Peace Centers around the world.
- 65 million people are currently displaced by armed conflict or persecution.
- $ 142 million has been raised by Rotary to support peace.
- 1,000 + students have graduated from Rotary’s Peace Centers program.
We wage peace
The Rotarian Action Group for Peace gives Rotary members resources and support to advance world peace and turn ambitious ideas into life-changing realities.
Help us wage peace
What We Do…
What if we started thinking about Rotary as more than a collection of service clubs and started thinking of ourselves as a global peace building force?
Serve as a resource to Rotarians, Rotary clubs and districts by supporting the peace work of Rotarians worldwide.
What if together we wage peace?
Just imagine, Rotarians building a world beyond war. Learn more about our organization and how you can join us as ‘We Wage Peace’.
We support peace
With your help, Rotary Foundation can promote peace through projects and education.