As a DRR, I often get Rotarians asking me if they should give money to Rotaractors who approach them with project funding requests. In this Ubuntu issue, I will address the big question of whether to give or not to give.

Every Rotarian needs to understand that Rotaractors are partners in service. To be a partner, there must be a certain level of understanding between the two parties. During my official visits to Rotaractors, I have laid key emphasis on the different approaches we can use to foster meaningful relationships/partnerships with Rotarians. I have further encouraged Rotaractors to draft and sign MOUs for each partnership reached and to develop a culture of accountability for any financial or in-kind assistance rendered by Rotarians or external donors. Therefore, for a partnership to be valid, each party must bring something to the table.

For every partnership request, there should be clear understanding of what roles are to be played by the parties and what benefits are to be attained. After roles/contributions have been clearly stated with deadlines and any other mandates, then drafting MOUs and signing them can proceed.

It goes without say that Rotarians and Rotaractors are generous people. Whereas giving is a way of life for us, I recommend that we give with caution and with a purpose. We should give when fully aware to whom and to what we are giving towards. Only then will our giving be meaningful. For each time we give, let us be fully aware the project or cause that we are giving towards and let’s ask for accountability for funds

Let us take a moment to think, how many times have you been issued a receipt when you make a contribution towards a project? Or how many times have you taken off time to review an MOU that is presented to you before signing it off? Do you take off time to ask what percentage of the budget is the other party covering or what contribution they will be making towards that particular project?

Yes, we should give, but let us give with caution. We should give with full understanding of what we are giving towards, ask for accountability and follow up to make sure your funds are channelled towards the intended cause. As we give, let us give generously because when done right, our giving creates hope in the world.

Prudence Asobola
District Rotaract Representative
Rotary International District 9214
(Uganda and Tanzania)

Transformative Island Project CaptivatesHearts:Restoring Hope on Bufumira Island

Bufumira Island – A heartwarming initiative took root on the weekend of 11- 13 August 2023 when the Rotaract and Rotary Club of Bwebajja in collaboration with the Rotaract Clubs of Bwerenga, Garuga, Bunga, Kawempe, and the Rotary Club of Nalumunye embarked on the second phase of the Adopt Bufumira Island project. This remarkable effort has rekindled hope and greatly improved the lives of the islanders.

With an unwavering commitment to the common good, the Adopt Bufumira Island project addressed critical aspects of life and left a profound impact on every corner of the island. Rotary’s five core areas disease prevention and treatment, water hygiene and sanitation, basic education and literacy, maternal health, and environmental protection were at the forefront of this transformative mission. The project started with a health camp that provided a lifeline to nearly 300 individuals on the island. In addition to essential medical care, the camp served as an educational platform that spread valuable knowledge about health. HIV, malaria, and cancer testing services were carried out, bringing the gift of early detection and care.

The embrace of the project extended further, mothers-to-be were gifted with mama kits, each household with mosquito nets, and girls at school
with reusable pads. Adding a touch of sustainability, the planting of fruit trees at a local school underscored the project’s commitment to nurturing both the mind and the environment. The highlight of this encouraging venture was the commissioning of the island’s first bio-digester
toilet, two life-giving boreholes, and a renovated classroom block for Bufumira Primary School. The ceremony was graced by Rtr. Joseph B. Ssengooba, District Rotaract Representative-Elect, exuded a sense of promise for the island’s future. Ssengooba’s impassioned words made clear his determination to direct similar transformational efforts to other islands during the coming Rotary year with the aspiration of extending this lifeline to at least 10 other islands across Uganda.

In a deeply emotional moment, Grace Nakato, a resident of Bufumira Island, shared her thoughts: “The medical camp was a lifeline for us. Not only did we receive medical care, but we also gained invaluable knowledge on how to maintain our health. Mosquito nets and mama kits are a real blessing, which will undoubtedly improve our lives.” John Ssempala, a parent and dedicated community member, echoed this sentiment: “The new classroom block resonates with our hopes for a brighter future for our children. Boreholes bring us clean water, a basic necessity that now ensures the health and prosperity of our families.”

Prossy Namubiru, a schoolgirl, wore a bright smile as she exclaimed, “The reusable pads have lifted the weight off our shoulders and enabled us to go to school with confidence every day. Moreover, the newly planted fruit trees at our school have transformed the landscape into
a haven of delight.” The Adopt Bufumira Island project is a testament to the remarkable results that can be achieved through joint
efforts. It not only touches lives but also ignites the flame of hope in hearts. As ripples of the project continue to spread, Rtn. Annie Ninyesiga, President of the Rotary Club of Bwebajja, expresses her sincere gratitude to all who contributed to this triumph. This included Rotary
Family Health Days, TASO Entebbe, and Kisubi Hospital.

A special mention goes to international benefactors – Salmon HVAC, Green Collective, and Salmon Electric – for their role in helping to improve water and sanitation levels on the island. The transformation stories from Bufumira Island are not just anecdotes; they are a testament to the resilience, unity, and profound impact that compassionate efforts can have.

RAC Kigo’s Dual Impact:Clean Water and Medical Care for Kakoola Community

In a dynamic display of commitment and service, the Rotaract Club of Kigo embarked on two transformative projects that illuminated the power of unity and compassion within the community of Kakoola-Makindye Sabagabo. These initiatives, carried out on the 12th and 19th of August 2023, resounded with the essence of Rotaract’s core values.

The first endeavor, the “Bulungi Bwansi” project, resonated with Rotary’s focus on water and sanitation. With unwavering dedication, the
Rotaractors collaborated with partners such as Meridian Mediation Services, community leaders, and the Kakoola residents themselves.
The community’s main water source underwent a remarkable transformation, as it was cleansed and revitalized to provide clean water, elevating
the community’s overall well-being. A symphony of hands united once again on the 19th of August, when the Rotaract Club of Kigo orchestrated the “Meridian Medical Camp.”

This medical initiative aligned seamlessly with Rotary’s yearlong theme of ending polio and focused on maternal health. Collaborating with Meridian Medical Services and Kampala School of Health Sciences, the camp extended a healing touch to over 400 patients. The scope of care was comprehensive, ranging from dental services, immunizations, and health education to counseling, general check-ups, and laboratory tests. A noteworthy feat emerged from the camp—a collection of 45 units of life-saving blood, a testament to the depth of impact the initiative had on both donors and recipients.

The Rotaract Club of Kigo, composed of dedicated individuals with a shared vision, ensured that every facet of these projects bore the imprint of hope, care, and positive change. With a landscape that mirrored their own, the Kakoola community was touched by this vibrant spirit, experiencing the embrace of support from its neighbors. Both projects illuminated the essence of Rotaract— bringing together diverse talents, expertise, and compassion for the betterment of humanity. The projects were an embodiment of “Service Above Self,” a living testament to the ethos of Rotary and Rotaract.

As the Rotaract Club of Kigo fostered an environment of hope, it also breathed life into the core ideals of Rotary’s humanitarian pursuits. Through these initiatives, they have set a remarkable example, proving that through collective action, even the seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome, radiating optimism and creating a ripple effect of change.

Navigating Membership Dynamics:Unraveling Rotaract Club Attrition

Rotaract Clubs, with their vibrant community engagement and commitment to service, have long served as a platform for young individuals to make a positive impact. However, the challenge of sustaining membership levels persists, prompting a closer examination of the factors that lead members to leave. Throughout the month of August, I had the privilege of visiting numerous Rotaract Clubs, engaging in insightful conversations
about membership attraction, retention, and engagement. This article delves into the reasons behind membership attrition and proposes
strategies to foster lasting connections.

Membership Attraction:
Attracting new members is the first step in maintaining a healthy and dynamic Rotaract Club. During my visits, I observed that clubs
that effectively communicated their missions, activities, and impact tended to draw more interest. However, some clubs struggled to
articulate their value proposition, leading to a lack of enthusiasm among potential members. To counter this, clubs could focus on showcasing
success stories and tangible outcomes of their projects, thereby sparking interest and resonating with prospective members.

Membership Retention:
While attracting new members is crucial, retaining them is equally important. The discussions revealed that one common reason for members
leaving was a mismatch between expectations and reality. Some members joined with grand visions of immediate, large-scale projects, but became disillusioned when confronted with the practical challenges of implementation. By setting clear expectations during the onboarding
process and providing mentorship, clubs can mitigate such discrepancies and foster a sense of belonging.

Engagement emerges as a cornerstone of member retention. Clubs that actively involved members in decision-making and project planning
demonstrated higher levels of commitment. Conversely, clubs that relegated new members to passive roles risked their disengagement over time. To enhance engagement, clubs should promote open dialogue, encourage diverse participation, and create opportunities for members to take ownership of projects that resonate with their interests and skills.

Challenges Faced:
Several common challenges emerged as factors contributing to membership attrition. Time constraints were a recurring theme, with members
citing demanding academic and professional commitments. To address this, clubs could consider flexible meeting schedules and online
participation options to accommodate varying schedules. Another challenge was the lack of a sense of belonging, often stemming from
inadequate integration of new members into the club’s social fabric. Regular social events, teambuilding activities, and mentorship initiatives can
help bridge this gap.

Communication Breakdown:

Effective communication plays a pivotal role in member retention. A lack of consistent and transparent communication about club activities, decisions, and opportunities often left members feeling disconnected. Utilizing various communication channels, including social media,
newsletters, and group chats, can help keep members informed and engaged. Moreover, seeking regular feedback from members and
actively addressing their concerns fosters a sense of ownership and involvement. Navigating the ebb and flow of Rotaract Club
memberships requires a comprehensive approach that addresses attraction, retention, and engagement. As observed during my August
visits, the clubs that thrived were those that tackled membership challenges head-on, fostering an environment of inclusivity, meaningful
participation, and clear communication. By aligning member expectations, providing avenues for meaningful engagement, and
adapting to the evolving needs of young individuals, Rotaract Clubs can establish themselves as enduring platforms for social
change and personal growth.

By Rtr. Muhamada Kyadondo
New Club Devopment’s Chair

The Radiance of Hope:Illuminating Lives and Shaping Futures

In a world that can often seem shrouded in uncertainty and adversity, the significance of instilling hope in people’s lives cannot be overstated. It is a beacon that pierces through the darkest clouds, offering solace, strength, and the promise of a better tomorrow. As we stand on the threshold of a new Rotary year, the mantle of spreading hope has been bestowed upon us as our noble cause, a mission that resonates deeply and underscores our commitment to a brighter world.

Hope is not merely an abstract concept; it’s a life altering force that possesses the power to transform destinies. When we kindle hope within individuals, we empower them to navigate challenges with unwavering determination. It fuels the resilience that propels them forward, even when faced with daunting obstacles. It fosters a sense of purpose, igniting the spirit to strive for greater heights. At the heart of our Rotary movement lies the fervent belief that every life we touch can be a canvas of hope. It’s about reaching out to those who have been weathered by the storms of life, extending a helping hand to uplift and inspire. By sowing the seeds of hope, we nurture a garden of possibilities where
dreams can flourish, and aspirations can come to fruition.

This year, as we embrace hope as our primary mission, we channel our collective energy and resources toward cultivating a world where optimism thrives. We understand that hope is not a fleeting sentiment; it’s a catalyst for sustainable change. When individuals are infused with hope, communities thrive, and societies prosper. Our commitment to creating hope is a testament to our unwavering dedication to
be architects of positive transformation. Through our concerted efforts, we can spark a ripple effect of hope that reverberates far beyond our
immediate reach. The impact of our actions has the potential to cascade through generations, inspiring future leaders, and change-makers. By embodying hope, we epitomize the very essence of Rotary’s ethos – Service Above Self.

As we embark on this profound journey of illuminating lives and shaping futures, let us stand united in our purpose. Let us be the conduits through which hope flows, enveloping our world in its radiant embrace. Together, we can forge a legacy of hope that transcends boundaries, empowers communities, and leaves an indelible mark on the annals of time.

By PE Steven Bugembe
Rotaract Club of Makindye West

Inspiring Change and Growth:DG Francisco ‘s Impactful Visit to Western Uganda

On the 19th of August 2023, an aura of enthusiasm and purpose enveloped the Western Zone 2, 3, and 4 Rotaract clubs as they had the distinct honor of hosting District Governor Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga from D9214. The significance of this visit was profound, as it marked not only a meeting with dedicated Rotaractors but also the launch of the REI Ntungamo edition in the western region.

The visit kicked off with a poignant tree planting initiative across three different locations: Children Peace Park CPP, Ntare School, and Innovation
Village. A total of 100 trees were planted, symbolizing the deep-rooted commitment of Rotaractors to environmental sustainability and community betterment.

An enlightening symposium centered around environmental issues was the highlight of the day, coinciding with the celebration of International Youth Day. This session, expertly led by Innovation Village, delved into the pressing matters concerning our environment and engaged young minds in meaningful discussions about their role in its preservation.

During his impactful speech, DG Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga urged club presidents to proactively seek district grants, fostering sustainable initiatives that resonate with Rotaract’s core values. He emphasized the significance of encouraging Rotaractors to actively participate in district activities such as DCA, REI, and the Western Meger Fellowship. The importance of the district’s focus on polio eradication was reiterated, with an impassioned call to comprehend and align with the district’s goals.

A sage piece of advice was dispensed to all present: the notion that decisions made today hold the power to shape the future. This resonated deeply, reminding Rotaractors that their actions today pave the path for impactful tomorrows. The visit culminated in a final tree planting ceremony at Innovation Village, encapsulating the essence of growth, sustainability, and collective responsibility. In closing, a heartfelt acknowledgment was extended to Rtn. Sankara, representing Innovation Village, for graciously hosting DG Rtn. Francisco Ssemwanga’s visit. The gratitude expressed encapsulated the spirit of unity and appreciation that thrives within Rotaract circles.

By Rtr. Namulondo Zulaika,
ADRR Western Zone 2

Embrace the Journey:Unveiling the Global Impact of Rotaract

Rotaract is not just an organization; it’s a global movement that ignites the passion of young adults who are determined to make a lasting impact. It’s a journey that we embark upon with the shared purpose of service, professional development, and leadership. As you step into the world of Rotaract, you’re becoming part of something bigger than yourself—a network of change-makers who are committed to shaping a better future for all. At its core, Rotaract is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and compassion. It’s a platform where ideas take root, friendships blossom, and meaningful projects come to life.

Through Rotaract, you’ll have the opportunity to channel your enthusiasm and energy into projects that tackle real-world challenges, leaving behind a trail of positivity and progress. Being part of Rotaract means connecting with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds,
cultures, and experiences. It’s an invitation to explore new perspectives, learn from one another, and embrace the rich tapestry of humanity that
makes our world so vibrant. Together, we’re not just members of a club; we’re members of a global family united by our shared values and aspirations.

Your journey in Rotaract is a multifaceted one. It’s about more than just meetings and events; it’s about personal growth, skill development,
and transformation. You’ll find yourself honing leadership abilities, sharpening communication skills, and unlocking your potential as a change
agent. The challenges you face and the triumphs you achieve will contribute to your growth as a well rounded individual with a strong sense of purpose.

But beyond the individual, Rotaract is about community. It’s about identifying needs within our societies and working collectively to address them. Whether it’s organizing a health camp, advocating for environmental sustainability, or promoting literacy, each project we undertake is a step toward a brighter, more inclusive world. Together, we amplify our impact and bring about change that resonates far beyond our club meetings.

As you take your first steps into the world of Rotaract, remember that you’re not just joining a club; you’re becoming part of a legacy that spans
borders and generations. You’re embracing the opportunity to create ripples of change, leaving a mark that will inspire others to follow in your
footsteps. Welcome to Rotaract—a global movement that empowers you to lead, to serve, and to shape a better tomorrow. Your journey starts now, and the possibilities are endless.

DRRE Joseph B. Ssengooba

Empowering Education and Literacy;An Opportunity for All Rotaractors.

Basic education and literacy go hand in hand, forming the foundation upon which individuals build their futures. Literacy equips individuals with the ability to read, write, and comprehend information, enabling them to access knowledge, make informed decisions, and participate
actively in society. Basic education, on the other hand, provides a structured learning environment that imparts critical skills and knowledge, empowering individuals to overcome challenges and pursue their aspirations.

Africa faces numerous challenges in its education system. These challenges contribute to a cycle of illiteracy and hinder socio-economic development. Addressing these issues requires collective efforts, and this is where we as Rotaractors can make a significant difference through;
Advocacy and Awareness: Rotaractors can raise awareness about the importance UMOJA September 2023 | 19 of education and literacy in local
communities, highlighting the long-term benefits they offer.

Advocating for policy changes and increased government investment can lead to improved access to education for all. Even a simple social
media campaign can be eye opening. Infrastructure Enhancement: Rotaractors can collaborate with local schools and communities to improve infrastructure, such as building classrooms, libraries, and sanitation facilities. These improvements create conducive learning environments and encourage student retention. These can take time due to the financial implications however we can always on-board corporate partners to
ease this.

Teacher Training and Support: By organizing workshops and training sessions, Rotaractors can help enhance the skills of teachers in rural areas. This empowers educators to provide better instruction, fostering a more engaging and effective learning experience for students. Mobile Libraries and Literacy Programs: Creating mobile libraries and literacy programs can bring books and educational resources to underserved
areas. Rotaractors can organize reading sessions, storytelling events, and educational games to instill a love for learning among children.

Scholarship and Mentorship Programs: Establishing scholarship programs and mentorship initiatives can provide financial assistance to deserving students and guide them on their educational journey. Rotaractors can serve as role models, motivating young
learners to excel academically. Community Engagement: Rotaractors can partner with local communities to organize workshops on financial literacy, health education, and vocational training. These skills complement formal education and empower individuals to make informed life

We understand that We Rotaractors are youth who are just growing and our constraints are quite many but together we are the change we need to see. Our small collections here and there in terms of time, skills and other resources make a great impact in a child’s life. These and so many more are just some of the ways we can do create this transformation in our education. Keep in mind that a holistic education must touch the Hands,

Heart and Head! And in the words of the great Nelson Mandela; “Education is the most powerful tool we can use to change the world!” Let’s go change the world one Rotaractor at a time.

IPP & Member Rac Mengo (The Royals)

Journey to Self-Development as Youth:

The Path of Setting and Achieving Goals with a Growth Mindset:

Welcome back to our transformative journey of self-development and personal growth. In this second article of the series, we will delve into the empowering process of setting and achieving goals with the foundation of a growth mindset. As we continue our exploration, let’s discover
how embracing the principles of growth can propel us forward on the path to success. Understanding the Significance of Goals: Setting goals is a fundamental step on our journey of self-improvement. Goals provide direction, purpose, and a roadmap to navigate our aspirations. Whether they are academic, professional, or personal, goals give us something to strive for and allow us to measure our progress along the way.

The Growth Mindset Approach to Goal Setting:
A growth mindset shapes the way we approach our goals. Instead of fearing failure or setbacks, a growth mindset encourages us to embrace challenges as opportunities for learning and growth. When we encounter obstacles, we view them as stepping stones toward improvement rather than barriers to success. This perspective not only enhances our resilience but also fuels our determination to overcome hurdles.

Steps to Effective Goal Setting with a Growth Mindset:

  1. Clarity and Specificity: Clearly define your goals. The more specific your goals are, the easier it is to create actionable steps toward achieving them.
  2. Challenging Yet Attainable: Set goals that are both challenging and achievable. Pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone
    fosters growth, but setting unrealistic goals can lead to frustration.
  3. Break Down into Milestones: Divide your goals into smaller, manageable milestones. Each milestone reached will provide a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to continue.
  4. Adaptability: Be open to adjusting your goals as circumstances change. A growth mindset allows for flexibility and adaptation in the face of new information or challenges.
  5. Embrace Failures and Learn: If you encounter setbacks, view them as learning experiences. Analyze what went wrong, adjust your approach, and keep moving forward.
  6. Celebrate Progress: Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. Recognizing progress reinforces a positive mindset and propels you toward your larger goals.

Unlocking Your Potential:
By intertwining the concept of a growth mindset with goal setting, you unlock your true potential. You become the author of your journey, capable of rewriting your story with every step you take. The growth mindset infuses your goals with determination, resilience, and the belief that you are capable of continuous improvement. In the next article, we will explore another crucial aspect of our self-development journey: overcoming self-doubt and building self-confidence. Remember, adopting a growth mindset isn’t just about achieving goals; it’s about embracing the journey and becoming the best version of yourself in the process. Thank you for joining us on this expedition of personal growth. Stay tuned for more insights and actionable strategies to guide you toward a more empowered and fulfilling life.

Wishing you growth and success,
IPP Beatha Malauri
ADRR Western Zone Tanzania, D9214,

Lessons from Central Zone IV

Prudence N. Asobola District Rotaract Representative, D9214

Rotaractors, Rotarians and guests of Rotaract, I welcome you to the last month in our first quarter. As a district, we have been off to a good start and I do believe that the best is yet to come. I had the privilege of starting my tour of duty and I am very excited with what the clubs in central zone IV have already achieved in these first months.

This zone has the Rotaract clubs of Akright city, Namasuba. Kajjansi, Nkumba
University, Nkumba Stewards and Bwebajja. My interaction with was indeed a fruitful as we aim to build stronger clubs. Take off time and visit these clubs, I am sure you feel the same warmth that I felt. I am indeed grateful to the great leadership of ADRR Nyakato Barbra and the guidance that he keeps giving to these clubs.

In this newsletter I would like to share with you some lessons learned from central zone IV.

1. Registration of clubs with URSB
Three of the clubs in this zone had finalized their registration with URSB, 2 clubs were still in the application process and 1 had not yet started. This implies that majority of the clubs in this zone had knowledge about registration with URSB and are ready to enjoy the benefits that come with registration, which makes them one step up on the qualification of both district and global
grants. These clubs are aware of the necessary steps one needs to take to register their company and members can use this information to register their personal companies.

2. Giving to TRF
I was very excited to know that the Rotaract club of Bwebajja has remitted $190 to rotary
foundation, Rotaract clubs of Namasuba and Nkumba stewards had collected $100 and
$70 respectively towards TRF and were yet to remit it. During this visit I noted that a few of the clubs did not know how to remit funds to TRF and we took off time to show the members present how to remit these funds.

3. Fundraising
Our clubs usually go all out on fundraising as funds are very key in management of projects. Members invest a lot of time in fundraising and sometimes don’t raise the much-anticipated
funds. Rotaract club of Nkumba stewards shared with us their secret to fundraising. The club used their registration status with URSB to acquire momo and airtel pay accounts which they share with prospective donors. The club testifies that using these mobile money accounts has improved their fundraising by 80%. They said that it is easier for someone to send mobile money from the comfort of their home or anywhere they might be than attending fundraising events or going to the bank.

4. Membership retention and growth
The Rotaract club of Bwebajja does pride in the well-organized buddy group system which
they share with their mother club as the key to membership retention and growth. They
assign all members to a buddy group through which their club attendance and participation
is tracked. They further use these buddy groups for bonding purposes. The Rotaract club of Namasuba did share that their strategy to member retention was inclusion of all members onto the club committees and through that, members feel that they belong to the club and have a skill to offer. This doesn’t only improve membership retention but also leads to professional and leadership development.

5. Team work
While crafting these visits, the secretariat and I had a goal in mind. We hoped to improve collaboration and strengthen the bond among clubs which are in the same zones. This was concluded on after realizing that each club has a unique strength that they could share
with another club and at the end of it all, the clubs would learn from one another. At the beginning of the rotary year, the district leadership challenged clubs to create meaningful
partnership and carry out projects in the areas where their clubs meet. 

Central zone IV led by example when they executed a successful project in Kajjansi. The was
an upright display of teamwork with all presidents and their club members reaching out to the community of Kajjansi with free health services. I am glad to have been a witness to this.
From the above lessons learned, I would like to encourage clubs to pick some examples that might work for their clubs and adopt them. Modification can be made to what suits the club best and I do believe that in the end, we shall add value to our members & communities because, “What you become depends on what you can overcome”