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This is Basic Education and Literacy Month on the Rotary calendar and there are so many Clubs who are contributing to positive outcomes in this area.  Just some examples are Reading in Schools, Dictionaries in Schools, Chromebooks for school children, IT support for lower decile schools in New Zealand, University scholarships in Cambodia, books sent to Pacific Island Schools and much more.
The Shine Literacy Project, which is supported by the Plimmerton Rotary and Plimmerton Inner Wheel, has shown that the answer to this question is YES!
There is evidence globally that a lack of basic literacy skills accentuates health problems.  Greater literacy skills can lead to increased confidence and knowledge with appropriate health treatment regimens being followed.  Those with low levels of literacy have higher requirements for public welfare assistance and are over-represented in correctional institutions.
A key intention, supporting the global initiative of past Rotary International President Bill Boyd, is to provide a coordinated and comprehensive distribution of Usborne Dictionaries throughout the District, particularly to low decile schools.  In the last year more than half the clubs in our district contributed over $15,000 worth of dictionaries to schools in our district.
Joy Durrant is the District Coordinator for this programme and she can be contacted at info@prosperity.co.nz.  Orders for Dictionaries must be sent to Joy and received before March and September each year.
Wanganui North Club is an enthusiastic supporter  -  here is their story.
The Rotary Foundation is about to mark a century of Doing Good in the World through
humanitarian projects, scholarships, professional training and exchanges, and its remarkable
campaign for a polio-free world.
In 2016-17, Rotary clubs throughout the world will organize Rotary Days to celebrate this milestone
by showcasing the Foundation’s rich history and good work. We’re suggesting a few ways that your
club can join the party, but feel free to adapt any of these ideas, combine them, or come up with an
idea of your own. Or pool your resources with neighboring clubs to organize a larger event.
Over the last few weeks, six students on the Rotary District 9940 Youth Exchange programme have arrived to start their 12 month cultural experience in New Zealand.  We have
Laura from Switzerland hosted by the Masterton Club  
Laurie from France hosted by the Plimmerton Club
Jil from Germany hosted by the Milson Club (Palmerston North)
Alexandria (Alex) from Austria hosted by Feilding Club
Gaelle from Belgium hosted by Tawa Club
Marielle (Ella) from Austria hosted by Whanganui Club
Spending time saving Borneo Pygmy Elephants is the latest of the amazing projects that Debbie Mair of the Hutt City Rotary is involved in.  Two years ago Deb flew across to Borneo where she saw the first 2 rescued baby pygmy elephants arrive at Sepilok.  
Adult pygmy elephants are being hunted and poached for ivory or killed because they cause destruction in palm plantations, leaving behind orphan elephants with a minimal chance to survive. Death comes slowly.  Baby elephants will not take milk or food from humans. Locals are unable to help or assist.   The only chance for these orphans is that locals call the Wildlife Rescue Unit who have been trained in how to help these orphan baby elephants.

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