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Responding to Flooding in Brazil

A recent note from R.I. President Gordon McInally and Chairperson of the Rotary Foundation Trustees, Barry Rassin provided details on how clubs, districts, and other interested individuals can donate to the recently-established temporary Brazil Flood Response Fund to finance disaster response grants to assist communities in southern Brazil which have experienced devastating floods. These grants will help people in affected areas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where heavy rains and floods since early May have killed more than 100 people, displaced more than 230,000, and affected more than 1.45 million people overall. Many people there don’t have electricity or clean water.
The Brazil Flood Response Fund will accept contributions, including District Designated Funds, until August 31st of this year and will distribute grants until May 8th of next year, or until the funds are spent. Any unused money will be transferred to the Disaster Response Fund for use anywhere else disasters take place. Districts affected by the devastation in Brazil can apply for grants to supply people with items such as water, food, medicine, shelter, and clothing. To help these communities, you and your members can: 

  • Donate to the Brazil Flood Response Fund 
  • Contribute District Designated Funds 
  • Learn more about the fund and how to apply for disaster response grants 
  • Fundraise among your colleagues, friends, and family through Raise for Rotary