Temporary funds established to provide disaster relief

You can now support immediate relief for people affected by the devastating floods in Pakistan, the war in Ukraine, and the destructive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Catastrophic earthquakes have devastated parts of Turkey and Syria, killing tens of thousands of people and destroying countless homes and other buildings. Rotary members are people of action; when calamity strikes we want to help.  Recognizing the urgency of the situation, The Rotary Foundation has authorized contributions to the Turkey/Syria Disaster Response Fund through 31 March to be directed to humanitarian relief efforts to help people in urgent need of housing, medical care, and other necessary basics.

The RI Foundation has also established two temporary funds to respond to the flooding in Pakistan and the ongoing war in Ukraine. In Pakistan, devastating flash floods last year affected more than 33 million people, washing away 2 million homes and displacing 8 million residents. About one-third of the country was submerged. In Ukraine, around 18 million people, or 40% of the country’s population, required humanitarian assistance by the end of 2022, according to the United Nations.

Contributions to both the Pakistan fund and the Ukraine fund will be accepted through 31 December. The funds will be available to districts through grants until 30 June 2024. After that, any funds that haven’t been spent will be transferred to the general Disaster Response Fund to be used for disasters worldwide.

To help these communities you can: