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Disaster & Humanitarian Needs

Responding to victims of natural disasters has been one of the many ways club members utilize The Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation. Members hear about the quirky violence of natural phenomena; members see the displaced families; members understand what the absence of supplies, food, work, homes, schools, and churches does to a community; and being Rotarians, they are motivated to do something. By giving to The Rotary Club of Birmingham Foundation, members know that the club will seek the wisdom of the local Rotarians when deciding how best to help.

Over recent years, the members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham:

  • Provided much needed water and food via the Bay Area Food Bank to the victims in Bayou La Batre. Rotary Club of Mobile, AL. Hurricane Katrina
  • Provided the furnishings and books and rebuilt the Children’s Library in Ocean City, Mississippi. Hurricane Katrina
  • Provided construction supplies to rebuild the Boy Scout hut in Pass Christian, MS. Hurricane Katrina.
  • Arranged and funded the transportation expenses for a young man and his sister to come to Birmingham for much needed surgery. Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Hurricane Tomas. Provided clothes, suitcases, school supplies, and electronics for them
  • Purchased Shelter Boxes for victims of Hurricane Tomas in Haiti. Through Rotary International Foundation.
  • Contributed to the Schools Re-Awaken project of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka to rebuild 25 schools destroyed by the 2004 Tsunami.
  • Provided refrigeration and freezers, Hancock Co. Emergency Food Bank. Rotary Club of Indianapolis. Hurricane Katrina
  • Sent a donation to the Rotary Club of Moore, Oklahoma following the deadly tornadoes of 2013 for Shelter Boxes
  • Helped the Rotary Clubs of the Philippines rebuild classrooms following Typhoon Haiphong
  • Helped local Rotary clubs with a permanent source for water. Drought in Kenya.
  • Aided Birmingham Sister City Hitachi via the Rotary Club of Hitachi with funding for community redevelopment. Earthquake following a tsunami.

In 2011, a series of deadly tornadoes wiped out a community in Birmingham. The RCB stepped in and created a way to help parents put their lives back together while their children were safe and happy and learning at a new day camp, Camp South Hampton. Please find out more by reading the next page.