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25 years in service above self
Rotary Club of Addis Ababa West celebrated its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, January 22, 2016, at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies Museum in Addis Ababa University.
The celebration aimed to foster participation of business organizations as well as Rotary clubs in Ethiopia to encourage high ethical standards in their vocation, conduct, humanitarian projects and work towards world peace and understanding.
“Through this celebratory event, we want to recognize all the effort that has been put forward and look ahead to more being done and continue with all our projects that have benefited many people,” Zemi Yunus, Rotarian and founder of Joy Center for children with Autism and related developmental disorders said.
The Rotary clubs in Ethiopia sponsor community service projects, which focus on different areas such as water and sanitation, literacy and basic education, mother and child wellbeing and disease prevention and treatment.
“We do work in selected areas of need that we see would benefit many people. But we need to also increase the number of Rotary clubs as well as encourage more Rotaract clubs so we all can take on more and bigger projects to reach and benefit even more people,” Zemi said.
Rotary clubs have also done a lot of work in the areas of community economic empowerment and conflict prevention and resolution. Rotary Club of Addis Ababa West states that Ethiopian communities have benefited from hundreds of Rotary community service projects over the years but a lot more can be done through encouraging more people to join the clubs as well as creating awareness on the presence of the clubs in the country.
Rotary International is one of the world’s first service club organizations with more than 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio. Rotary clubs have provided over 50 years of service in Ethiopia.