DES's June Message

As we wrap up this Opportunity Year, I am pleased to share with you the last edition of our magazine for D9211 – The Wave. This 100-page bulletin is packaged to give you a 360 degree outlook to what has been achieved this year.
In recognition of the selfless service ladies have rendered in the District and beyond this year, starting with our DG Rosetti, we have included articles from some of the strong Rotary women leaders like Nalongo Trustee Geeta Manek, PDG Stella Dongo (D9210), and PDG Barbara Wolf-Wicha (D1920) and the Male Rotarians like Tusu that have supported the Governor to excel.
Some of the first duties of a DGND is to choose a Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation (PIME) team. This edition draws experiences from the PIME Chair - Rtn. Edward Kakembo Nsubuga, and our other leaders Country Chair PAG Phyllis Kobukindo Kwesiga, Membership Chair PAG Ronald Kawaddwa, PoP President Peter Kagwa, and myself – the District Executive Secretary.  
From the DCA, enjoy articles from the Conference Chair PAG Jane Kabugo, Rotary Roses Chair PAG Flavia Serugo, Rtr. Anna Careen Schmid (D1910), and the Club of the Year - RC DSM Oysterbay.
DES's June Message Juliet Kyokunda 2021-06-09 21:00:00Z 0

DG's June Message

Dear Family of Rotary
This is my last monthly newsletter as District Governor. How time flies and what a year it has been!  Nobody could have predicted how this year has gone, but I am proud of how Rotarians in this District 9211 have coped and adapted so ably to changes that have been forced upon us. 
Next month, District Governors Elect John Magezi Ndamira (D9213) and Young Kimaro (D9214) will take over the reins, so in many ways it is appropriate that this is Fellowship Month.  We have managed to keep fellowship, in its many meanings during the period of lockdown. Zoom meetings have abounded, newsletters have continued, and the love and concern shown to the more vulnerable amongst our number has been outstanding. As we move closer to being able to recommence physical meetings again, the fellowship will be close to our hearts as we re-connect in person with friends and Rotary colleagues. A word of caution though – whilst we all want to get back to physical meetings – we need to do this carefully and slowly.  As we move towards the “New Normal”, I encourage each one of you to take a few minutes to look back and think through what we have learnt, both the good and bad, and embrace the positive learnings into our daily lives. If we just go back to the “Old Normal” these learnings will be lost.
DG's June Message Rosetti Nayenga 2021-05-31 21:00:00Z 0
EID MUBARAK Helen Kawesa 2021-05-12 21:00:00Z 0

DG's May Message

I welcome you back from the 96th District Conference and Assembly (DCA).  I commend the Conference Chair, Past Assistant Governor (PAG) Jane Kabugo and her team who ensured that we had a memorable 96th DCA experience.
I thought I would be kicking off May talking about the Youth. Instead we remain focused on COVID-19. But I must say that although this has been a difficult year, we in D9211 have risen to the occasion. I am extremely proud of all our Rotary Clubs and leaders. Not only have you looked “outside the box” for solutions, some of you have thrown it away altogether and curved out new and untrodden paths! I thank you all for saying “we can do this”, instead of “we never did it this way, and it just can’t be done” BRAVO! 
DG's May Message Rosetti Nayenga 2021-04-30 21:00:00Z 0
97th District Conference & Assembly Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-26 21:00:00Z 0
Day 4 Speakers - 96th District Conference & Assembly Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-23 21:00:00Z 0
Day 3 Speakers - 96th District Conference & Assembly Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-22 21:00:00Z 0
Breakout Session - 96th District Conference & Assembly Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-21 21:00:00Z 0
Africa Peace Concert | Yinka Hakeem Babalola I 23nd April 2021 Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-21 21:00:00Z 0
Day 2 Speakers - 96th District Conference & Assembly  Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-21 21:00:00Z 0
Theme Night! - 96th District Conference & Assembly  Miriam Wegoye 2021-04-20 21:00:00Z 0
Africa Peace Concert | Yinka Hakeem Babalola Emmanuel Katongole 2021-04-19 21:00:00Z 0
96th DCA Virtual Attendance Jane Kabugo 2021-04-08 21:00:00Z 0
A Life Well Lived Rosetti Nayenga 2021-04-07 21:00:00Z 0
4th East Africa Projects Fair 2021 Emily Mbabazi 2021-04-06 21:00:00Z 0
Easter Greetings! Rosetti Nayenga 2021-04-02 21:00:00Z 0

DG's April Message

Happy Easter my Family of Rotary!
We are in the month of April, so only three months are left to the end of this Rotary Year 2020/21. This time might seem short, but there is so much we can do, and I urge you to keep your foot on the accelerator. As Rotarians, we have two choices to make from this point forward. We can choose to cross to the 30th June finish line; or we can decide not to reach that line. We should turn our sights to finishing the year on a high note. If your club has not yet completed its fundraiser for our Rotary Foundation, or made your contribution to PolioPlus, now is the time to do so. The Foundation is an excellent steward of our money and your generous contributions keep enabling Rotarians worldwide to “Do Good” in the world. It’s also not too late to invite a future Rotarian to one of your club meetings or social events! Remember, your spouse, children or “significant other” may be just the Rotarian that your club is looking for!  Remember our mission of “Service Above Self” and give your time, talents and resources for humanitarian efforts.
DG's April Message Rosetti Nayenga 2021-03-31 21:00:00Z 0
African Peace Concert Virtual Emmanuel Katongole 2021-03-29 21:00:00Z 0
Zone 22 Rotary Africa Centennial International Conference Rosetti Nayenga 2021-03-21 21:00:00Z 0
Virtual Women In Rotary! Miriam Wegoye 2021-03-07 21:00:00Z 0

DG's March Message

Exactly a year ago – all hell broke loose as the COVID-19 virus stealthily crept across the world. At the time – no one could have predicted the global crisis and scale of disruption that would be triggered by the virus. In the space of 12 months, there have been over 113 million infections worldwide and over 2.5 million lives lost, including members of our Rotary family. Beyond the dire consequences on people’s health, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global economy that is only comparable to the Great Depression of the 1930s. Many men and women have lost their jobs/businesses or seen their incomes cut; and it is estimated that between 119 and 124 million people have been pushed into extreme poverty.  
COVID-19 has created the worst crisis to education and learning in a century. Many children in our communities are grappling with remote learning, or no schooling at all; and many more are now engaged in street vending in order to support their families. Media reports also indicate that many adolescent girls have been victims of defilement and are likely to drop out of school due to unplanned pregnancies. Staying at home due to unemployment or the need to look after children has also exacerbated stress and domestic violence. And I could go on and on, listing the negative impacts of this pandemic.
DG's March Message Rosetti 2021-02-28 21:00:00Z 0

DG's February Message

As I was contemplating on my message for this month, I was reminded of one of my favorite prayers - the Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.”   We are living in a world filled with conflict – in homes, workplaces and communities.  And although these situations distress us, our responses to them are often wanting.  Many times we find it easier to keep our distance; and other times, we inadvertently fan the flames, through our judgements.  This month therefore gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on how we view and build peace.
And this brings me back to the Peace Prayer. Rotary demands of us to be “instruments of peace” and provides us with the tools that we require to promote peace. Just like the Peace Prayer, the fourth Object of Rotary emphasizes understanding as a precursor to peace building.  Understanding different cultures, value systems, aspirations and grievances in our communities, and co-creating solutions for them is Rotary’s approach to preventing and mitigating conflict.  And what a great coincidence that we will later this month, welcome the pioneer Peace Fellows at the Makerere University Rotary Peace Centre, who are being trained to become catalysts of peace.  One of the hallmarks of the peace programme is the social change initiative that Peace Fellows will undertake, after completion of their studies, to promote sustainable peace within their communities.
DG's February Message Rosetti Nayenga 2021-01-31 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s January Message 

Happy New Year colleagues in Rotary!
We are now in a new year. This time normally brings new hope, dreams, and goals. I truly wish you and your loved ones an amazing 2021. I thank each one of you for the work you have done in the first half of the Rotary Year 2020-2021.
In December 2020, I completed all my official club visits in District 9211. This month is designated for Vocational Service. I am quite passionate about Vocational Service in Rotary, and the various Rotary Fellowships.  I love the fact that we all have classifications in Rotary, and that each one of us brings something to the table. We each have a skill set that can be used to help the less fortunate through Rotary Projects. Our founder, Paul Harris, said, Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available, and often the most effective are within the spheres of their occupations.”
DG’s January Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-12-31 21:00:00Z 0
Seasons Greetings! Rosetti Nayenga 2020-12-24 21:00:00Z 0
Notice from Uganda Rotary Office- Holiday Closure from Wednesday 23rd December 2020 and re-open on Monday 4th January 2021 Phyllis Kwesiga 2020-12-20 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s December Message 

Soon after I became Governor Nominee – I began considering ways in which I could make a difference during my tour of duty. While many ideas came up, none had the novelty I was looking for, however, a few months down the road and after a bad period when we lost a number of Rotarians in quick succession to non-communicable diseases, it occurred to me that Rotarians were in need of help. And that my friends, was the genesis of the Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) Initiative that we launched at the beginning of this Rotary year. I strongly believe that you cannot give what you don’t have; and that it makes no sense to wear ourselves out caring for everybody else’s health, except our own!  And therefore as we commemorate the Disease Prevention and Treatment month, I applaud all the clubs and Rotarians in D9211 that have actively adopted FAN; and those that have made healthy food, regular hydration, fresh air, adequate sleep, fitness, and exercise a part of their routine.
DG’s December Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-11-30 21:00:00Z 0
WORLD INTERACT WEEK! Miriam Wegoye 2020-11-01 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s November Message

A week ago, we commemorated the World Polio Day and I would like to applaud the District Polio Team and all the Rotary clubs in Tanzania and Uganda who organised special events to mark the day. This year was extra special following the recent achievement of a monumental milestone – the declaration of a Polio Free Africa.
Ending Polio remains Rotary’s number one priority and since 1985, Rotary has contributed more than US$2.1 billion towards this cause. As the contributors of these funds, we have every right to be proud of being part of the effort that has reduced the number of reported polio cases in the world by 99%.  But this is not the moment to let our guard down.  We must remain vigilant in ensuring that every child receives the vaccine until Polio is completely wiped off the face of the earth.
DG’s November Message  Rosetti Nayenga 2020-10-28 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary Celebrates Africa Being Polio Free

Poliomyelitis, or polio, is a paralysing and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in some parts of the world. The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause total paralysis in hours. It can strike people of any age but mainly affects children under five. Polio can be prevented by vaccines, but it is not curable. Unlike most diseases, polio can be eradicated.
For more than 30 years, Rotary and our partners have driven the effort to eradicate polio worldwide. Our PolioPlus program was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication by vaccinating children on a massive scale. As a core partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), Rotary focuses on advocacy, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and awareness-building. Rotary members have contributed more than US$2.1billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries from this paralysing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than US$10 billion to the effort.
Rotary Celebrates Africa Being Polio Free  Sharmila Bhatt 2020-10-21 21:00:00Z 0
END POLIO NOW WORLD POLIO DAY! Helen Kawesa 2020-10-21 21:00:00Z 0
Rotary Zone 22 Institute 2020 Miriam Wegoye 2020-10-19 21:00:00Z 0
12-16 June 2021 Taipei Rotary International Convention! Miriam Wegoye 2020-10-19 21:00:00Z 0
DG Rosetti Features in the ROTARY Magazine the October 2020 Issue Rosetti Nayenga 2020-10-01 21:00:00Z 0


Rotary Uganda has noted with concern the use of it's name on Rtn. Edward Basaliza's campaign posters. We wish to state that Rotary as an organisation does not engage itself in political activites and,  therefore, it's signage and name should not be associated with any political party or candidate.  
Mr. Basaliza has therefore been advised to remove the Rotary name from his posters immediately.  
Juliet Kyokunda 
District Executive Secretary
MISUSE OF ROTARY NAME Juliet Kyokunda 2020-10-01 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s October Message

Fellow Rotarians
We are in the second quarter of our Rotary year. No doubt, the first quarter was hectic and challenging as we all tried to amidst the new normal to implement the brilliant ideas we had planned at District, club and personal level. It has been extremely rewarding as I continue to visit clubs and see all the marvelous work Rotarians do across our District. I hope you are equally as proud and carry a sense of satisfaction that you are giving your best.
 I appreciate the fact that each one of us is gifted in various ways to make a difference. Todate, I have visited more than half of the clubs - seeing clubs and projects in varying sizes and impact. No matter the size, each project has left an indelible mark on me, and the communities where they are implemented. 
It is truly amazing to witness, firsthand, our outstanding projects. We should better promote our good work so that more people will know about Rotary and desire to lend their support. The more help we get, the better placed we are to address the needs of our communities.
DG’s October Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-09-29 21:00:00Z 0


Dear Presidents and Fellow Rotarians,

Congratulation to clubs who earned the Rotary Citation, the most significant award a Rotary club can achieve, for 2019-20. During a year that was challenging for many Rotarians around the world and particularly in our District, these clubs demonstrated a commitment to achieve their goals, which ultimately helps strengthen Rotary and shape our future.
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CITATION 2019-20 AWARD RECOGNITION! Xavier Sentamu 2020-09-17 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s September Message

My Family of Rotary
Paul Harris said: “If Rotary is to realise its proper destiny, it must be evolutionary at all times, revolutionary on occasion.”  And how so right!!  Just a few days ago – we had an incredibly successful virtual run - the first in the history of the Rotary Cancer Run.  Who would have guessed that at a moment like this, the Cancer Run would evolve into a global event?  Congratulations to the Cancer Run 2020 team for a job well done. Thank you for showing the world that in Rotary service, even a pandemic is not the limit!
Talking of evolution, September is the month Rotary has designated for Basic Education and Literacy, precisely because of its transformative nature.  As Rotarians we envision a world where all children have access to education, the opportunity to realise their full potential, and to pursue their dreams.  And I am so proud of the contributions that Rotarians have made over the years through the construction of classrooms, provision of scholastic materials, scholarships and mentorship programmes i.e. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Youth Exchange.
DG’s September Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-08-30 21:00:00Z 0
Congratulations for kicking out wild polio! Miriam Wegoye 2020-08-25 21:00:00Z 0
2020 Rotary Cancer Run to be held virtually on 30th August 2020-08-20 21:00:00Z 0
THE VIRTUAL ROTARY CANCER RUN Denis Jjuuko 2020-08-05 21:00:00Z 0
UNVEILING THE ROTARY ROSES Helen Kawesa 2020-08-05 21:00:00Z 0

THE REMIT PROJECT - Rotary Club of Moshi

Tanzania is a beautiful country with amazing scenery, an abundance of wildlife and gentle, happy people with a humanity that the rest of the world has lost touch with. But amongst all this beauty is an enemy, who lurks in wet, damp places - the female Anopheles mosquito.
THE REMIT PROJECT - Rotary Club of Moshi Eric Emmanuel 2020-08-03 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s August Message

Dear Rotary Family,
July was a whirlwind of activities for me as I visited 40 Rotary Clubs in the Kampala, Central and Western regions. While I greatly enjoyed making acquaintance with the different clubs and Rotarians, I was saddened by the missed opportunity to meet many of you due to the need to observe the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures. Nonetheless, I believe we shall meet some time soon.
One of my preliminary observations has been the variance between clubs in terms of culture and traditions.  While some clubs are formal and traditional, others are a hybrid.  I believe that in this fast changing world, we need to continuously embrace change, including our meeting formats in order to remain responsive to the needs and character of our membership.  There are no fixed rules of what is right or wrong in terms of Rotary rituals and traditions as long as the Rotary values are upheld.  Infact the more diverse our clubs are, the more opportunities we create for people from diverse backgrounds to join our clubs; and the more opportunities we create for Rotary service.
DG’s August Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-07-29 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s July Message

My Family of Rotary
The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.   H. G. Wells
Welcome to our year of service 2020-21 when Rotary Opens Opportunities!! I am so delighted to recommit myself to the duty ahead of us of steering District 9211 into the highest level of service, and I am sure that you too are ready to roll with me! Let us rock!
Every year, July 1st is always an exciting time for the Rotary Family inclusive of Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Members of Inner Wheel and our partners. We have just completed a most amazing year of service 2019/20 under the leadership of my dear friend and mentor now Immediate Past District Governor (IPDG) Francis Xavier Sentamu accompanied by his lovely spouse Rtn. Brenda Sentamu and the Xs young generation. Thank you IPDG Francis for a most successful year despite the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) that impacted on our operations, meetings, trainings, and other events. The splendid work done by the Connecting Presidents and leaders will always be remembered as it is the foundation upon which we spring as Opportunity Leaders.
DG’s July Message Rosetti Nayenga 2020-06-30 21:00:00Z 0
96TH DCA EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION 2020-06-17 21:00:00Z 2

DG’s June Message

My Family of Rotary:

I welcome you back from the first ever Virtual District Conference and Assembly in D9211. I commend the 95th District Conference and Assembly Chair, PAG David Balaka and his team for the great work in ensuring that we have a memorable 95th Virtual District Conference and Assembly.
This is my last monthly message as your District Governor. At midnight on June 30, 2020, I turn the District Governor instrument of power to District Governor Elect Rosette Nayenga Nabbumba and will head back to my Rotary club and embrace my immediate Rotary family and get back to work in my club and my community. I will miss many things as experienced in my Governorship like official club visits, installation ceremonies, Fundraising events, charity walks, Foundation dinners, Interact Club charters, District Rotaract meetings, new member induction ceremonies, District Conference Committee meetings and numerous conference calls.
DG’s June Message Xavier Sentamu 2020-05-31 21:00:00Z 0


Posted by Denis Jjuuko
For the past 8 years, the Rotary Cancer Run has grown from a handful of runners clad in all kinds of attire to a fully branded event attracting 50,000 runners in 40 towns in Uganda and 10 international cities. The event has been an oasis for corporate and institutional sponsorship helping us raise substantial resources that have built the Rotary Cancer Centre located in Nsambya Hospital in Kampala.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19 that is sweeping across the world leaving so much human and economic destruction in its wake and following extensive consultations and in adherence to our belief that nothing is more important than the health of people in any nation, we have made the painful decision cancel the physical 9th Annual Rotary Cancer Run that was scheduled for 30th August 2020.
The next physical Rotary Cancer Run will therefore take place on Sunday August 29, 2021. 
However, in the spirit of sustaining the momentum we have had for over 8 years and in the full knowledge of the goodwill sponsors and participants have given us, we are planning to have a Virtual Run that will enable all of us to participate from any part of the world while at the same time being part of this great event that you have come to love.
THE ROTARY CANCER RUN 2020 Denis Jjuuko 2020-05-12 21:00:00Z 0
95TH ROTARY DISTRICT 9211 VIRTUAL DISTRICT CONFERENCE Miriam Wegoye 2020-05-10 21:00:00Z 2


The Rotary District 9211 Governor Francis Xavier Sentamu in the company of other Rotary District leaders has today handed over to the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt.Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda items worth UGX 800 million for use by the government and, through Rotary clubs, hospitals and health centres around the country in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Rotary District 9211 which covers Uganda and Tanzania has so far raised  the equivalent of USD 323,879  from Rotary clubs in both countries, the Rotary Foundation and other Rotary partners in response to the appeal made by the Presidents of both countries to mobilize resources in support of government efforts to fight the pandemic.
ROTARY DISTRICT 9211 RAISES SHS 1.2 BILLION TO THE COVID-19 FIGHT   Denis Jjuuko 2020-04-27 21:00:00Z 0


The Rotary District 9211 which covers Uganda and Tanzania has responded to the COVID-19 crisis by offering to partner with the respective Ministries of Health and the National Task Force both in Uganda and Tanzania. In Uganda, this process has been finalized and in Tanzania, discussions are already underway.
District Governor Francis Xavier Sentamu announced on Thursday that Rotary will contribute Personal Protection Equipment, Test Kits, and Wash Facilities, all valued at US$263,000. Rotary District 9211 through its 168 clubs in Uganda and Tanzania will also contribute enormously to create awareness of the government guidelines for the control of the Covid19 spread.
When the Covid19 crisis broke out in the region, District Governor Sentamu set up a Covid19 Emergency Response Committee to mobilize over 5000 Rotarians and Rotary partners in the district into raising and contributing to the national efforts in both countries. “I continue to call upon Rotarians, Rotaractors and partners to contribute generously to raise more funds for this effort,” he said.
District Governor Sentamu however appealed to Rotarians to stay safe by abiding to their national guidelines while working remotely online to mobilize resources and respond to the needs of the communities around them.
A few groups of Rotarians that have been authorized by the Uganda National Task Force will distribute the donated items, including educating the communities on staying safe to avoid Covid19. In Tanzania, the way forward on the distribution of these items is being co-ordinated with the National task force.
ROTARY DISTRICT 9211 CONTRIBUTES US$263,000 TO THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 Denis Jjuuko 2020-04-08 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s April Message

My Family of Rotary,

You will agree with me that we are going through an unprecedented period of uncertainty and the last couple of weeks have triggered a roller coaster of emotions: anxiety; fear; confusion; panic; and even anger. Just last week, we lost two great Rotarians in Uganda: President Ann Muhangi of RC Acacia Sunset and Rtn Charles Okolong of RC Bweyogerere-Namboole. The pain of these losses and those of other friends and relatives has been aggravated by our inability to stand with families and bid our loved ones farewell in the way we normally do.
The other week, Rotary leaders arrived at the painful decision of cancelling the RI Convention in Honolulu; and we quickly followed suit with the cancellation of our eagerly awaited 95th District Conference and Assembly. It was a difficult decision but the health and safety of our members remains paramount. While we will not enjoy the fruits of their labor, I would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the members of the DCA committee for their commitment to delivering what would have been a sterling DCA.
DG’s April Message Xavier Sentamu 2020-03-31 21:00:00Z 0

Cancellation of the D9211 – 95th DCA and General Advice on Rotary Meetings & Events

My Fellow Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,
The health and wellbeing of the family of Rotary and the population we serve is always of paramount importance to us and am making this communication with a heavy heart but knowing its the right thing to do.
95th District Conference and Assembly
It is with regret that I have to communicate bad news to you in relation to that the 95th DCA of D9211 to be held in Mbarara, Uganda. A special team of District 9211 mandated to assess the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend the best possible options, has concluded that the 95th DCA must be cancelled. The team’s primary aim was to ensure the safety of the Rotary family and the community at large. In addition, the team also took into consideration the latest government advisories related to meetings and travel restrictions. The team did consider the option of postponement but concluded that there isn’t sufficient predictability of the pandemic currently developing in our region and hence concluded that it was not a viable option.
Cancellation of the D9211 – 95th DCA and General Advice on Rotary Meetings & Events Xavier Sentamu 2020-03-19 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s March Message

How time flies! We are already approaching the end of the third quarter of this Rotary year. And yet much remains to be done. This month alone has so many different activities and each requiring our undivided attention. It is the Rotaract month and as a former Rotaractor, I am delighted by the on-going efforts to bridge the gap between Rotaractors and Rotary. I am glad that we all finally recognize that this requires a two-way collaboration and that there is so much to learn from the Rotaractors.
DG’s March Message Xavier Sentamu 2020-03-01 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s February Message

It was 115 years ago this month that Paul Harris and three of his friends founded the first Rotary club. His goal was simple: to create an oasis of friendship amid a city of strangers, with those who shared his values. The world has changed greatly since 1905. However the values that bound Paul Harris and his friends: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership have endured and have attracted millions more. Today, Rotarians in every part of the world,
are engaged in service and are demonstrating leadership by tackling challenges in their communities and improving lives.
DG’s February Message Xavier Sentamu 2020-02-10 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s January Message

Happy New Year my Fellow Rotarians!
We are now into a New Year and like every New Year it brings hope, dreams and goals. I truly wish you and your loved ones an amazing 2020. I completed all my official club visits in D9211 in the first week of December 2019. We are now in the month of January which begins our second half of the Rotary year 2019-2020. January is designated for Vocational Service. It is a time when we recognize Rotary Fellowships. I am quite passionate about both Vocational Service in Rotary and the various fellowships that Rotary has for all of us. I love the fact that we all have classifications in Rotary that enable us to bring something to the table. Let us connect with our skills to help those less fortunate through Rotary Projects. Our founder, Paul Harris, said, “Of all the one hundred and one ways in which men can make themselves useful to society, undoubtedly the most available and often the most effective are within the spheres of their own occupations.”
DG’s January Message Xavier Sentamu 2019-12-31 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s December Message

Posted by Xavier Sentamu on Dec 01, 2019
December is an exciting time of the year as we prepare for the festive season. In Rotary it is the month that we commemorate one of our key focus areas: disease prevention and treatment. Initially this coincidence struck me as ironical until I began to draw some correlations. The festive season involves gifting to family members, friends and colleagues and I am certain many of us are already feeling the pressure. But there are gifts and then there are gifts. Good health is one of the latter. Infact it is one of those gifts that keep on giving! So, what a privilege it is for us as Rotarians to focus on this priceless gift during the month of December!
DG’s December Message Xavier Sentamu 2019-11-30 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s November Message

Posted by Xavier Sentamu on Nov 12, 2019
On 21st October 2019, I and a team of Rotary leaders, set off on an adventure to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – the tallest mountain in Africa and also the world’s tallest free standing mountain. We had been practicing for this for months and we were in high spirits as we started out our five day climb at Marangu Gate in Tanzania. But we soon realized that regular hiking does not quite prepare you for the demands of a Kilimanjaro climb. As the landscape changed each day, from the lush green rain forest to heath and moorland, and then dusty alpine desert so did our energy levels. As we went higher up, the air became drier, colder and with less oxygen – so much so that walking became a real effort. Our movements became slower and our steps heavier. The stamina and endurance levels of each member of our group was put to the test. But two things kept us going. Our collective determination to reach the top; and the enthusiastic reminder by the tour guide at the end of each day of how far we had climbed, how far we were above sea level and how closer we were to the peak of this great mountain. Sometime in the night of 24th October, we embarked on our last ascent and sunrise found us at Gilman’s point - 5685m/ 18652 ft above sea level! We had made it, the sky was literally within reach and we proudly pulled out our Rotary End Polio banners. It was an exhilarating moment.
DG’s November Message Xavier Sentamu 2019-11-11 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s October Message

Posted by Xavier Sentamu on Oct 09, 2019
“I would like to encourage all clubs to develop projects through the prism of economic empowerment and poverty reduction.”
As District Governor, I have over the last three months been accorded the opportunity of traversing our great district. I have been privileged to see first-hand some of the tremendous work that Rotarians in both Uganda and Tanzania are doing at the community level.  But going around has also been a sobering experience for me.  I have been struck by the high levels of poverty in many of our communities, caused by high youth unemployment, underemployment and the lack of economic opportunity.
DG’s October Message Xavier Sentamu 2019-10-08 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s September Message 

Posted by F X Sentamu on Sep 01, 2019
It is now two months since the start of the connecting Rotary Year 2019-2020. The ended month of August was Membership and New Club Development Month and from all indications, it has been a great month for exposing Rotary to the wider community and for membership growth. Several clubs participated in the Rotary Cancer Run and the Eastern Mega Fellowship. Thank you for connecting the world.
The month of September, we highlight Basic Education and Literacy, one of the six areas of focus. My friends, did you know that worldwide, many children have no access to education and people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotarians are supporting educational projects that provide technology, teacher training, vocational training teams, student meal programs, and low-cost textbooks to communities. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
DG’s September Message F X Sentamu 2019-08-31 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s August 2019 Message 

Posted by F X Sentamu on Sep 01, 2019
August is the designated month for Membership and New Club Development. And as we are all aware, “Membership” is the number one internal priority of Rotary International. Why? Because membership is one of the pathways through which we can extend our footprint and enhance the impact of our projects.
As District Governor, one of my roles is to encourage clubs to increase our membership. And the statistics show that clubs have taken heed. We are bringing in new members. We are forming new clubs and our district is one of the fastest growing Rotary districts in the world. Sadly however, our district is also continuously losing members. Over the last four years, we have been losing an average of 200 – 300 members a year!! And so the question is - why are our clubs so porous? Therefore as we celebrate this month, it is imperative that we focus on the retention of the people who come through our doors. 
DG’s August 2019 Message F X Sentamu 2019-08-31 21:00:00Z 0

DG’s July 2019 Message 

Posted by F X Sentamu on Jul 01, 2019
Welcome to the New Rotary year
My Family of Rotary: I am honored to be your District Governor and to follow in the footsteps of the Inspirational District Governor Sharmila and other past leaders in District 9211. Welcome to the New Leadership theme month of the Rotary Year 2019 -2020!
A lot has been accomplished in 2018 -2019 but more is expected from us this Rotary year therefore , we will need the support of all Rotarians to lead our district to greater heights.
DG’s July 2019 Message F X Sentamu 2019-06-30 21:00:00Z 0

A Gorilla Trek and Lessons in Leadership


Posted by Anne Nkutu on Jun 10, 2019
Last year in September, I was stranded in the middle of Bwindi’s mountain forest. Sitting on a dry patch of grass with my head between my hands, I kept wondering what the heck I was doing in this jungle, how and whether I would make it out of there alive.  Correction - I wasn’t lost or anything of the sort.
A Gorilla Trek and Lessons in Leadership  Anne Nkutu 2019-06-09 21:00:00Z 0

Strategic Planning: Taking Care of Our Future

Posted on Jun 10, 2019
It is a privilege and an honor to serve in 2019/20 as your District Strategic Planning Chair together with Vice Chair Rtn Adeline Rutabanzibwa of RC Bukoba in Tanzania. We would like to highlight the importance of strategic planning for our club and district growth. Our goal is that in 2019/20, 100% of clubs in District 9211 have a three to five year strategic plan that guides club interventions and actions.
Strategic Planning: Taking Care of Our Future 2019-06-09 21:00:00Z 0

My Journey as Assistant Governor

Posted by Robinah Lutaaya on Jun 09, 2019
It all started in February 2018 when we attended the District Team Training Seminar in Agra India. It was an excellent training which prepared me to take on the mantle of my assignment as Assistant Governor (AG). On my return, I started making unofficial visits to the Clubs in my designated zone to get acquainted with members and the Presidents of the Clubs. I worked together with the Presidents to set the goals of their respective Clubs
My Journey as Assistant Governor Robinah Lutaaya 2019-06-08 21:00:00Z 0

District corporate partnerships: what has been achieved in 2018-19

Posted by Rose Nayenga on Jun 09, 2019
At the start of 2018/19, DG Sharmila tasked me to lead volunteers to strengthen existing partnerships and bring new ones on board; meet at most 40 corporates and sign Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with two high value partners for three years with sums of $50,000 and above. These targets have been achieved and surpassed thanks to the hardworking committee: IP Henry Luzinda; PP Hamza Kassongo; PP Sadiq Chagani; PP Moses Musiitwa; Rtn Joseph Tinkamanyire; PP Peter Kimbowa; IP Francis Ogwang; Rtn Henry Rugamba and PP Jane Kabugo.
District corporate partnerships: what has been achieved in 2018-19 Rose Nayenga 2019-06-08 21:00:00Z 0 partnerships

Adopt a village, Kabutemba Project by RC Bukoto

Posted on Jun 09, 2019
The Rotary Club of Bukoto’s signature project “Adopt A Village – Kabutemba” is located in a remote area in Gomba District, 60 miles from Kampala. The members of this community are impoverished and mainly survive on subsistence agriculture. The population in the village is steadily rising and currently has over 300 households with an average of 10 people per household.
Adopt a village, Kabutemba Project by RC Bukoto 2019-06-08 21:00:00Z 0 Adopt a village,Basic education & literacy,Growing local communities,Health & disease prevention,Rotary Club of Bukoto,water and sanitation month

Be the inspiration for a skilled girl force

Posted by Rinah Nakintu on Jun 09, 2019
Every year, more than 400,000 graduates enter the Uganda job market which unfortunately has an absorption capacity of fewer than 100,000. There have further been glaring reports about the skills discrepancy among the lucky few who get jobs and yet are “half baked” and thus unable to successfully deliver at these jobs. Given the extra demands and pressures on the girl child it would be even more interesting to explore statistics on the number of girls who graduate but are unable to find meaningful employment.
Be the inspiration for a skilled girl force Rinah Nakintu 2019-06-08 21:00:00Z 0 2018-19: Be The Inspiration,Opinions

Updates from the Rotary's Council on Legislation

Posted on May 14, 2019
Rotaract welcomed to RI
Rotaract clubs will now be considered a part of Rotary International, as opposed to a program of RI, following a vote by the Council.
The Rotary's Council on Legislation acknowledged Rotaract clubs in the Rotary International Constitution and Bylaws and elevated them as an important member of the Rotary family. Rotaract clubs will continue to have their own standard constitution but will receive greater support from RI.
Updates from the Rotary's Council on Legislation 2019-05-13 21:00:00Z 0

Giving to the Rotary Foundation has no limits and time

Posted by Richard Were on May 14, 2019
Warm greetings to all of you who have committed to the foundation giving. Our giving is the core foundation of the Rotary Foundation and will always determine its strength and existence.
We joined Rotary to serve humanity and can therefore not ignore that vehicle (The Rotary Foundation) that enables us to move through communities providing that service. It’s this vehicle that gives value to the existence of our clubs and makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives around the globe.
Giving to the Rotary Foundation has no limits and time Richard Were 2019-05-13 21:00:00Z 0 The Rotary Foubdation (TRF)

DG's Message - May 2019

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on May 01, 2019

A little boy and his father visited a country store, and upon leaving the store, the owner of the store offered the little boy some free Sweets... “Get a hand full of Sweets", the merchant said to the boy.

The boy just stood there looking up at his father. The owner repeated himself, “Son get a hand full of Sweets... it’s free.” Again, the boy did not move, continuing to look up in the face of his father.

DG's Message - May 2019 Sharmila Bhatt 2019-04-30 21:00:00Z 0 DG Sharmila,The Wave,Youth Service

Joe Nuwamanya: The Inspiration

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Apr 08, 2019

Who is Joe Nuwamanya?

I serve as the District Youth Service Vice-chair working under the able leadership of Emma Mbaga in Tanzania. I am also the Charter and Past President of Kampala Metropolitan. I am both a former Interactor and Rotaractor at the Rotaract Club of Kampala City. I am an architectural designer. I am also a family man and my motto is God, Family, Design, and Rotary. Outside Rotary, I am a car enthusiast. I love jazz, travel, I love gadgets and experimenting with buildings.

Joe Nuwamanya: The Inspiration Catherine Njuguna 2019-04-07 21:00:00Z 0 2018-19: Be The Inspiration,The Wave

Wave Editor's Message April: Saving Children 
and mothers

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Apr 08, 2019

April is here and here is another edition of, we hope, one of your favorite Rotary magazines! 

April is here and so is the 94th District Conference & Assembly (DCA). We continue to feature the key speakers lined up. In this edition we look at Dean Rohrs from Rotary Club of Langley Central, District 5050, and served as Rotary International Director 2016-2018 and Rotary International Vice- President 2017-2018. She will be delivering the Rotary International President’s message. The Award-winning Fatima Alimohamed, CEO of African Brand Warrior, will share tips on how we can promote the Rotary brand.  Now you see why you should not miss this event? 

Wave Editor's Message April: Saving Children and mothers Catherine Njuguna 2019-04-07 21:00:00Z 0 The Wave,The Wave Editor's Message

DG's Message - April 2019

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Apr 08, 2019

Many years back during a visit to an orphanage to hand over some milk powder and nappies to the babies, we met the supervisor who was in charge. She was a stern looking woman and I expected her to be so happy with our donations. To my utter surprise, I found her so rude as she quickly told us that if we really wanted to assist then we should have bought rice and other items she listed, and she dismissed us with some indifference.

DG's Message - April 2019 Sharmila Bhatt 2019-04-07 21:00:00Z 0 DG Sharmila,The Wave,maternal and child health

Wave Editor's Message May: 94 th District Conference & Assembly (#DCA94) Recap

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Apr 07, 2019

Dear Rotarians,

They came, they saw and they had a great fellowship! Over 1,200 Rotarians, Rotaractors and their friends and families descended Dar es Salaam for the recently concluded 94th District Conference and Assembly. They enjoyed the four evening and three – day program with many inspiring speakers, entertainment, panel discussions and in between conducted District business including voting for the budget and elections and passing on the baton to new incoming leaders. 

Wave Editor's Message May: 94 th District Conference & Assembly (#DCA94) Recap Catherine Njuguna 2019-04-06 21:00:00Z 0 The Wave,The Wave Editor's Message

The greatest celebration of women in Rotary - Uganda

Posted by Flavia Serugo on Apr 03, 2019
The Fourth edition of Women in Rotary – Uganda Chapter hosted by the Rotary Club of Kampala Naalya was not only a success but highlighted more the relevance and the role women play in community service. The overall objective of Women in Rotary event is to promote the participation women in Rotary in addition to recognizing excellence in leadership.
The greatest celebration of women in Rotary - Uganda  Flavia Serugo 2019-04-02 21:00:00Z 0 uganda,women in Rotary
Wave Editor's Message: March is for celebrating women Catherine Njuguna 2019-03-09 21:00:00Z 1 The Wave,The Wave Editor's Message

DG's message: March 2019

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Mar 10, 2019

Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life. When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, domestic violence at home caused by women over staying at far away water sources decrease, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families. 

DG's message: March 2019 Sharmila Bhatt 2019-03-09 21:00:00Z 0 DG Sharmila,The Wave,water and sanitation month
Sebastian Cox - The Inspiration Catherine Njuguna 2019-03-07 21:00:00Z 0 2018-19: Be The Inspiration,The Wave

Of Uganda Heart Institute and its Intensive Care Unit challenge* 

Posted on Mar 03, 2019
There are approximately 1.5 million babies born in Uganda every year. That isn’t news since Uganda has one of the fastest growing populations in the world. What might be newsworthy is that approximately 15,000 of those kids have heart defects and half of that number (7,500) need treatment. There are also others that are born without any defects but failure or delays in treating sore throats among children between ages 5-15 ends up causing Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). RHD is highly prevalent yet preventable. Failure to treat sore throats leads to inflammation of the heart, which occurs with acute rheumatic fever hence permanent damage of the heart, particularly the heart valves.
Of Uganda Heart Institute and its Intensive Care Unit challenge*   2019-03-02 21:00:00Z 0 Rotary Kampala Naalya

Peace and Conflict Resolution – What is it really about?

Posted by Francis Tusubira on Feb 05, 2019
I have been thinking (yes, again!): anyway one looks at what we do as Rotarians, it reduces to one single word – Peace, that intangible state of being that is defined in many different ways. The commonest definition is the absence of war, maybe because war is the most dehumanising activity human beings engage in – the rationalised destruction of lives using all manner of pretexts that I will not dwell on here. And yet war is a really a symptom of the more deep-seated maladies that afflict our society: it is not the disease. All the peace agreements in the world will never stop war until the deeper causes are addressed.
Peace and Conflict Resolution – What is it really about? Francis Tusubira 2019-02-04 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,peace and conflict resolution

TRF Grant boosts Uganda Heart Institute

Posted by James Serugo on Feb 05, 2019

A program to operate 110 children who are suffering from congenital heart diseases  at the Uganda Heart Institute (UHI) was started in January this year. 

This follows operations of 10 children who were suffering from Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). Under this program, 30 children will undergo open heart surgery, 20 will receive closed heart surgery and another 50 will receive interventional catheterization.

TRF Grant boosts Uganda Heart Institute James Serugo 2019-02-04 21:00:00Z 0
The Wave February 2019 Catherine Njuguna 2019-02-04 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,The Wave,d9211

Dar es Salaam: The Inspiration

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Feb 05, 2019

Dar es Salaam, the venue of the 94th DCA conference is a truly inspiring city. Our Editor Catherine Njuguna, had an imaginary conversation with Dar es Salaam to find out what the city has in store for the participants of the 94th DCA.

Dar es Salaam: The Inspiration Catherine Njuguna 2019-02-04 21:00:00Z 0 The Wave

The Future  Of  Rotary Lies In Corporate Partnerships

Posted by Rose Nayenga on Feb 04, 2019
Corporate Partnership is about strategic long term alliances between two or more parties who subscribe to a common vision intended for sustainable and long term impact in communities; it promotes shared values involving long-term integrated planning and budgeting to achieve agreed goals and objectives. As an outcome, formal engagements are established with memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed between cooperating partners.
The Future  Of  Rotary Lies In Corporate Partnerships   Rose Nayenga 2019-02-03 21:00:00Z 0 partnerships

Over 200 students receive leadership and entrepreneurship training in Tanzania

Over 200 students drawn from various secondary schools across Tanzania were trained on leadership and entrepreneurship skills at the first-ever nationwide and Interact boot camps and under 18 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in the country organized by the Rotary new generation team and Rotaract leadership team.
The bootcamp was held exclusively for secondary school students who are members of Interact clubs while RYLA focused on secondary school students who are not Interactors.
The Interact camp events were held in two sessions – the first at the Heaven of Peace Academy (HOPAC) in Dar es Salaam on Saturday 12 January, followed by at St Thereza Centre in Bukoba on Saturday and Sunday 26 - 27 January and a third is slated for Arusha for northern Tanzania in mid-February.
Similarly, the first RYLA was held at the iconic Rotary Entrepreneurship Centre, University of Dar es Salaam on Saturday 19 January and at St Thereza centre in Bukoba on Saturday January 26. A third event is planned for in Arusha in February.
Over 200 students receive leadership and entrepreneurship training in Tanzania 2019-02-03 21:00:00Z 0

Fighting stigma and superstition For People living with Albinism

Posted by Faye Cran on Feb 03, 2019
On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, the mutilated remains of young Yohana Bahati; a one-year old baby boy with albinism was discovered a few kilometers from his home in Isabilo village, Geita Region, Tanzania. Both of Yohana’s arms and legs were hacked off. It was reported that, two days earlier five unidentified men armed with machetes had attacked the boy’s homestead; three of them had seized Mr. Misalaba, Bahati’s father while two of them forced their way into the house where Bahati’s mother Ester was preparing the evening meal. One of the assailants slashed Ester’s face and body rendering her unconscious while the second grabbed little Yohana and ran off with him.
Fighting stigma and superstition For People living with Albinism  Faye Cran 2019-02-02 21:00:00Z 0

Singing and dancing to secure a future

Posted by Kenneth Kimuli on Jan 03, 2019
Rotarians and revelers were treated to a show-stopping singing and dancing competition at the Kampala Serena Hotel that left many in awe as they danced and sang the night away. the annual event now in its 8th year is hosted by the Rotary Club of Kampala North aimed at raising funds for to meet the respective causes that the club undertakes. Organized under the theme “Empower Youth, Secure Our Future”, the night featured performances from both rotary and rotaract clubs, with Angolan/Portuguese dance routines in flamboyant colorful styles, creative West Africa dances and traditional African songs, musicals among others.
Singing and dancing to secure a future Kenneth Kimuli 2019-01-02 21:00:00Z 0

The Wave January 2019

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Jan 03, 2019


Dear readers,

A very happy new year to you all!

We all love new things. And right now, we are unwrapping a brand-new year. A clean slate to start all over again. This is a time when we all, in one way or another, reflect on what we want to achieve in the new year. Whether you make resolutions or not! 

The Wave January 2019 Catherine Njuguna 2019-01-02 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,The Wave,d9211

Donald Trump immunised at Katoogo village 

Posted by Maria Muzaaki on Dec 06, 2018
At 18 months, Donald Trump should have completed his immunisation schedule, but unfortunately this was not possible. His mother did not have a clear explanation though as to why her son - she proudly named Donald Trump had not received his measles vaccine. After giving Donald his polio vaccine, the medical worker, then proceeds to inject his left upper arm. We expected Donald to wail in tears, but he takes his injection in silence, almost stone faced. We are all amazed at his demeanour, his mother inclusive. A few minutes later, he proudly walks away with his mother, without shedding a single tear- which got me thinking –what’s in a name!
Donald Trump immunised at Katoogo village    Maria Muzaaki 2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary International UN day comes to Africa

Posted on Dec 06, 2018
The 2018 Rotary International UN Day, the first ever to be held on the African continent was held in Nairobi on 10 November 2018 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi (UNON). With the theme, Youth Innovation: Crafting Solutions to Emerging Challenges, the event focused on how technology can be used for humanitarian good. The objective was to recognize six Rotary People of Action: Young Innovators from around the world who have crafted solutions to longstanding humanitarian issues.  With over 1000 participants, 50% of them were youth under 35 who attended the discussions about Innovations, environment and new partnerships. Six youth were honored as people of action including D9211’s Barbra Akello from the Rotaract Club of Naguru and Paul Mushasho for Rotaract Club of Nakivaale.   Last year the Rotary UN Day was held in Geneva, a first out of New York. This year we were humbled as the event came to Africa, Nairobi - Kenya.
Rotary International UN day comes to Africa  2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary Zanzibar & Fumba Town Golf Day 2018

The 3rd annual Rotary Zanzibar & Fumba Town Golf Day was held again at Zanzibar’s only golf course at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa on the 29TH of September 2018. The event was a huge success, raising $18,000 to support Makunduchi Hospital.
Rotary Zanzibar & Fumba Town Golf Day 2018  Sjani Muggenburg 2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

RC Nsambya 4th World’s Greatest Meal raises US$7000 for the Rotary Foundation

The World’s Greatest Meal (WGM) is a global annual fundraising signature event with the aim of raising funds to eradicate polio throughout the World. The event was   initiated by Rotarian Sussane Rea, a Past President of Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise Australia who happened to be the guest of honor at the first WGM event organized in Uganda by the Rotary Club of Kampala Nsambya in 2015.
RC Nsambya 4th World’s Greatest Meal raises US$7000 for the Rotary Foundation  Godfrey Musisi 2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

St. Stephen’s hospital Mpererwe benefits from GG 1863665

Posted by Fred Mubiru on Dec 06, 2018
What began as a dinner after the Rotary convention in Atlanta Georgia culminated into the community of Mpererwe benefiting from a $54,000 Global grant. One evening after the day’s proceedings of  the Rotary convention in June 2017, delegates from the Rotary club of Annapolis, Maryland USA and those from Kololo Kampala settled for dinner to regurgitate over a project the two clubs executed under GG 2574 in 2012. After a few discussions, it was agreed that we embark on a grant of Disease treatment and prevention as well as Child and maternal care.  Since the Rotary club of Kololo has been associated with the hospital for now over 26 years, it was easy to make a choice about which hospital to team up with.
St. Stephen’s hospital Mpererwe benefits from GG 1863665  Fred Mubiru 2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

Bridging the health gap in Kikandwa community

Posted by Esther Mwambu on Dec 06, 2018
Disease results in misery, pain, and poverty for millions of people worldwide. That’s why treating and preventing disease is so important to Rotary International. The Rotary club of Kampala South has held periodic Rotary Family Health Days (RFHD) in various communities in a bid to provide health services in underserved communities. Our Kikandwa village project has provided infrastructure and medical access to the community through these health camps.  
Bridging the health gap in Kikandwa community Esther Mwambu 2018-12-05 21:00:00Z 0

Young Kimaro: The global citizen changing lives in Mwika

Posted by Flavia Serugo on Dec 03, 2018

Born in 1946 in Seoul, Korea, as the youngest of 6 children, Rotarian Young Kimaro’s brief stint as a child actress on TV came to a stop when she left for U.K. with her parents. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Maryland graduate school among other qualifications. She joined the World Bank in 1972 where she enjoyed a long and successful career spanning from strategizing development assistance, education projects, to moderating quality review panels for the Bank’s operations, until her retirement in 2001. She then relocated to Tanzania with her family. Today, she devotes her time to community development for Mwika Development Trust Fund (MWIDEFU) as a Rotarian. She shared her story with our Wave correspondents, Flavia Serugo, the Wave Editor, Uganda. 

Young Kimaro: The global citizen changing lives in Mwika Flavia Serugo 2018-12-02 21:00:00Z 0

DG’S Message - December 2018

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Dec 03, 2018

We are ushering in the festive season of Christmas and thank you for sharing the wonderful gifts of your projects that you are doing for your communities as clubs. No wrapping paper was required.

The best gift I believe is “when people come together and make memories” and memories is what I will have in abundance for this year.

DG’S Message - December 2018 Sharmila Bhatt 2018-12-02 21:00:00Z 0

Henry Kyemba: Unstoppable at 79 with 30 plus years in Rotary

Posted by Flavia Serugo on Dec 02, 2018

Henry Kyemba, was born 79 years ago to a royal family with many outstanding public servants, politicians, businessmen including himself. In his long and distinguished career, he served his country in various capacities including as Permanent Secretary and Minister in the government under three presidents - Dr. Apollo Milton Obote, Idi Amin and Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

He has been a Rotarian for over 30 years where he has also served in various capacities including as the third indigenous Rotary District governor 1995/96 after the late Sam Owori. He is the author of the famous State of the blood, the inside story of Idi Amin.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a benefactor to Rotary foundation. He lives in Jinja with his wife Janet. Our wave correspondent Flavia Serugo, reached out to him to share his story.

Henry Kyemba: Unstoppable at 79 with 30 plus years in Rotary Flavia Serugo 2018-12-01 21:00:00Z 0

Interactors of St Kizito host DG Sharmila Bhatt

Posted on Nov 04, 2018
As the District Governor continues with her visits to Rotary clubs, the Interact Club of St Kiizito High school Namugongo were very humbled to host the DG on Thursday, 20th September 2018. Upon her arrival, she toured the club projects which included smart Agriculture, fish farming, mushroom growing, waste management and brickets - modern charcoal and was impressed with the club’s involvement in economic and community development initiatives. 
Interactors of St Kizito host DG Sharmila Bhatt 2018-11-03 21:00:00Z 0

Akwang hill interactors lighting up rotary in the north

Posted on Nov 04, 2018

Akwang village is a rural area in Agago district, 400 kilometers north from Kampala. It is among the few districts without an active Rotary club yet the Rotary brand is very alive   through the actions of the District Award winners 2015/2016- Interact Club of Akwang Hill SS. The Club with a membership of 114 is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kampala Naalya. 


Akwang hill interactors lighting up rotary in the north 2018-11-03 21:00:00Z 0
Breast Cancer Awareness Quiz, October 2018 Catherine Njuguna 2018-11-02 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Crochet Without Borders mark world cancer month


For women breasts are the epitome of femininity and for many breast cancer survivors who have had their breasts amputated, their confidence as women is knocked off too.

Crochet Without Borders in Tanzania, which brings together knitting and crocheting enthusiasts has been producing soft knitted prosthetics breasts for cancer survivors who’ve under gone a mastectomy.

Rotary and Crochet Without Borders mark world cancer month 2018-11-02 21:00:00Z 0

Polio End Game Initiative

Posted by Sarah Bakehena on Nov 03, 2018
The “Polio End Game” is an initiative of Rotary International to build awareness and advocacy towards eradication of Polio worldwide. In Uganda the initiative was launched by the country polio plus committee on 13th October 2018 at Kawaala Health Center III. The event was organized with support from KCCA and other partners including World Health Organization. A number of stakeholders who attended the event included: Rotarians, Local Government Officials, councilors, Medical officers, and mothers among others. 
Polio End Game Initiative Sarah Bakehena 2018-11-02 21:00:00Z 0

Disabled by Polio but not defeated 

Posted by Flavia Serugo on Nov 01, 2018

In this month’s wave, our inspiration comes from Robert Tuhamire from Uganda, who did not just survive Polio, he thrived.  Despite his disabilities, he beat the odds, getting a degree with support from well-wishers and today he has a successful career, various enterprises, a lovely wife and three beautiful children. He is also giving back to community and is a Past President of the Rotaract Club of Makerere University Business School (MUBS). Our Wave editor for Uganda, Flavia Serugo caught up with him to share with us this moving story. 

Disabled by Polio but not defeated Flavia Serugo 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,The Wave,d9211

Independence Boat Cruise 2018 – Sailing for a worthy cause  

Posted on Nov 01, 2018
Way back in October 2013, 75 sailors boarded MV Amani for the maiden boat cruise organised annually by the Rotary Club of Kampala South. The purpose then was simply to raise funds to run club projects. Through the years the popularity of the #IndependenceBoatCruise has grown a hundred-fold from the 75 sailors in 2013 to 829 this year.  The fundraising has also leaped from Shs. 4,387,300 to about 36,000,000 
Independence Boat Cruise 2018 – Sailing for a worthy cause 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0
Third Rotary Zanzibar & Fumba Town Golf fundraiser for Makunduchi hospital  2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0

DG’S Message - November 2018

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Nov 01, 2018

The month of November is the month that Rotary International dedicates to the programs and activities of the Rotary Foundation and this gives us a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the many great things that our foundation delivers to our district and the world. The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

DG’S Message - November 2018 Sharmila Bhatt 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0

The Wave November 2018

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Nov 01, 2018


It’s our great pleasure to reconnect with you again and share stories of what has been happening in the district and beyond. 

This month, we are celebrating the Rotary Foundation. If Rotarians are the lifeblood of Rotary, then the Foundation is the heart, beating steadily and strong, enabling Rotarians from all around the world to alleviate suffering and make the world a better place through community service. This November, how will you celebrate the Foundation? Share with us your stories and we will feature them in the next edition. 

The Wave November 2018 Catherine Njuguna 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,The Wave,d9211

Bahari club golf raises funds for prosthetic limbs project

The Rotary Club of Bahari’s annual golf tournament was held on 29 September  to raise funds for the club’s prosthetic limbs project at Peoples Empowerment Foundation. The project’s aim is to to empower the disabled in the community by  providing them with artificial limbs.  The event which attracted over 100 golfers raised USD17,250
Bahari club golf raises funds for prosthetic limbs project   2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0

Rotary and Crochet Without Boarders mark world cancer month

For women breasts are the epitome of femininity and for many breast cancer survivors who have had their breasts amputated, their confidence as women is knocked off too.
Crochet Without Boarders in Tanzania, which brings together knitting and crocheting enthusiasts has been producing soft knitted prosthetics breasts for cancer survivors who’ve under gone a mastectomy.
Rotary and Crochet Without Boarders mark world cancer month  2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0

Arusha Polio Walk 2018


In commemoration of World Polio Day which is observed every year on 24 October, the Rotary family in Arusha came together to organize a walk to raise awareness about the fight to eradicate the disease and fundraise towards this important cause. The Rotary Clubs of Arusha and Arusha Mt. Meru and Rotaract Clubs of St. Jude and of Arusha City worked together to organize the event - secure sponsorship, publicize the event and volunteer on the day. It was a wonderful example of all the members of one global family working together in the name of Rotary for our biggest cause.

Arusha Polio Walk 2018 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0

Rotarian's Red Gold Donation


On Sunday 28 October 2018, the Rotary Club of Arusha Mt. Meru (RCAMM) , (RCAMM) held a Blood Donation Camp at the Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital in Arusha from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is part of the club’s regular effort to boost the regional blood bank, which is currently short of blood. The last blood camp organized by RCAMM was held in February 2018, and the funds are raised entirely from member contributions in either cash or kind. 

Rotarian's Red Gold Donation 2018-10-31 21:00:00Z 0
Chennai Rotarians extend friendship to visit District 9211 Nuwa Nnyanzi 2018-10-01 21:00:00Z 0

Betty Sonda: Pioneering local biodegradable sanitary pads in Tanzania

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Oct 01, 2018

Betty Sonda studied Civil Engineering at the St. Joseph University College of Engineering & Technology in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her inability to get a job after graduating led her down the entrepreneurship and innovation path. 

She is addressing an important and yet often overlooked challenge in menstrual hygiene issues, the disposal of female hygiene towels which are often made up of non-degradable materials.

Betty Sonda: Pioneering local biodegradable sanitary pads in Tanzania Catherine Njuguna 2018-09-30 21:00:00Z 0

DG’S Message - October 2018

Posted by Sharmila Bhatt on Oct 01, 2018

My journey so far has taken me to 69 Rotary clubs, many Rotaract, Interact clubs and project visits which has made me richer in understanding the work of Rotarians, Rotaractors and Interactors the Rotary family in our district. Rotarians in clubs I visited had one common desire and that is to provide service to communities which is the very reason of our existence as Rotary clubs.

DG’S Message - October 2018 Sharmila Bhatt 2018-09-30 21:00:00Z 0

The Wave October 2018

Posted by Catherine Njuguna on Sep 03, 2018


October is dedicated to Economic and Community Development. Recently Rotary simplified the themes and so, Economic and Community Development is simply Growing local economies. October is also important as World Polio Day is commemorated this month, on 24th October. As Rotary, we make use of the day to celebrate our achievements and to remind the world that we are ‘this close’ to eradicating the disease from the face of the earth and ask for more support. 

The Wave October 2018  Catherine Njuguna 2018-09-02 21:00:00Z 0 Newsletter,The Wave,d9211

Cancer Run 2018 United Together Against Cancer

Posted by Flavia Serugo on Sep 03, 2018

Over 30,000 participants both young and old took part in the 7th edition of the Rotary Cancer run held on 26th August 2018 that took place in Kampala and other 30 towns across the country.  In Kampala, the Chief Rumer and Government Chief whip Hon Ruth Nankabirwa flagged off the race which had categories of 21killometres, followed by 10 and 5 kilometers runners. 

Other notable guests included the Vice President of Uganda Rotarian Edward Sekandi, Rotary District 9211 Governor Sharmila Bhatt, Rotary District and country officials as well as many Corporate organizations. A net total of about Shs 770m was raised.


Cancer Run 2018 United Together Against Cancer Flavia Serugo 2018-09-02 21:00:00Z 0

Polio plus committee holds meeting for club officers


Posted by sarah on Sep 02, 2018
The Polio Plus Committee held a meeting to brief the polio officers about their role in the “End Polio Campaign” on 11th August 2018 at Shanghai Restaurant in Kampala, Uganda. It was attended by members of the Polio Plus Committee, various Polio officers from different clubs, officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Polio plus committee holds meeting for club officers  sarah 2018-09-01 21:00:00Z 0

Faye Cran ‘Mama kuku’ Champion of Rotary Growth in Tanzania

Posted by Young Kimaro on Sep 02, 2018

Rotarian Faye Cran has lived in Tanzania for over 60 years where she started a chicken business from scratch that today processes over 50,000 chickens a week, earning her the name Mama kuku. 

In addition to her passion for chicken business, Mama Kuku was passionate about growing Rotary. In 2008/9, during her term as the Rotary country chair, Tanzania, she saw a total of 22 Rotary clubs formed and over 550 new members inducted - a record for the contry! Mama kuku is also one of the only two Arch Klumpf Society members in the district.

Rtn Young Kimaro, from RC Mwika and the country membership chair for Tanzania, interviewed Faye to get an insight on how she achieved this and the lessons learned.

Faye Cran ‘Mama kuku’ Champion of Rotary Growth in Tanzania Young Kimaro 2018-09-01 21:00:00Z 0


Posted by Denis Jjuuko on Aug 05, 2018

A few months ago, a friend had his father diagnosed with prostate cancer and they had to fly him to India for treatment. As he ran around for the visa at the Indian High Commission in Kampala, he realized that there were about 100 people everyday submitting papers for medical visas.

"I am RUNNING FOR UGANDA" Denis Jjuuko 2018-08-04 21:00:00Z 0

RTR Paul Mushaho: Bringing hope to the refugee
community at Nakivale, Uganda

Posted by Jackee Budesta Batenda on Aug 05, 2018

In this month’s series of inspiring Rotarians, we feature Paul Mushaho, founding member of the Rotaract Club of Nakivale established in a refugee settlement in Uganda to serve the refugee community. Paul is a refugee himself, forced to flee his country and family due to war and start a new life in the refugee camp in Uganda. Wave writer, Jackee Budesta Batanda,  brings us his story. 

RTR Paul Mushaho: Bringing hope to the refugeecommunity at Nakivale, Uganda Jackee Budesta Batenda 2018-08-04 21:00:00Z 0

My day at the Rotary goat races 


By Neema Rubaba, Rotaract Club of Kairuki.

It was a beautiful Saturday morning of June 23rd 2018 though it had started all chilly and rainy scaring us.  But thank God it didn’t last too long and soon the sun was out, shining brightly from a clear blue sky and we had it was a jolly, colorful and event. We, volunteers and the organizers of the first ever Rotary Goat Races, The Rotary Club of Oysterbay, arrived early, listened attentively listening to our instructions for the day. 

WAKANDA GOAT ARE YOU? WAKANDA EXPERIENCE DID YOU HAVE? My day at the Rotary goat races  2018-07-07 21:00:00Z 0


Posted by Ben Waira

On Saturday 9th June 2018, members of the Rotary Mariners of East Africa – Uganda Fleet, affiliated to the International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians (IYFR) visited an informal group - the Buhadyo and Mikombe Mariners Group in Butaleja, Eastern Uganda on the invitation by the group to find out about its developments since inception in 2015.

The initial objective was to improve on the safety and transportation on the water body connecting Butalejja to Kibuku District. It takes more than an hour to cross over, wading through the water hyacinth, on make-shift trunks (boats) that are curved out of long tree branches. These small “boats” carry up to five people if there is cargo/luggage (cattle and bicycles). The transportation system is also a challenge for school going children, so it’s the teachers who cross over to go to teach.


Smoking her way up!

Posted by Flavia Serugo

Grace Nanyonga Mugisha was born on 8th October 1984 to the Late Anna Maria Nakisozi and Joseph Kazibwe . She is the second child out of seven and grew up in the outskirts of Banda Kireka. Orphaned at the age of twelve, Grace was left with the responsibility of taking care of her siblings after relatives sold off their property. To fend for the family, she did roast maize and later used the capital to start selling chicken on a sigiri (Local Stove) which earned her a name Chicken by her peers. She has travelled all over the world telling her story and motivating youth and women in entrepreneurship. Currently She is a Rotarian and Inspirational President of the Rotary Club of Mukono Central

The Wave magazine reporter reached out to Grace and below are excerpts of the Interview.

MEET THE INSPIRATIONAL PRESIDENT GRACE NYANYONGA Smoking her way up! Flavia Serugo 2018-07-04 21:00:00Z 0
Commemorating the World Refugee day with Rotaract at Nakivale refugee camp 2018-06-20 21:00:00Z 0
EASTERN AFRICA ROTARY PROJECTS FOR FUNDING Geoffrey Haabaasa 2018-06-19 21:00:00Z 0

DG Ken last monthly message - June 2018


My Family of Rotary: The Rotary Year 2017-2018 ends on June 30, 2017. This is my last monthly message as your District Governor. As I said in my May message, I had an amazing journey as your District Governor. My Rotary wheel has come full circle at the District level. I am now going to be a Past District Governor.

On the Rotary calendar, June is Rotary Fellowships Month. Fellowship is a great theme this month as each leader plans to pass their responsibility to the new leadership. I wish our incoming leaders 2018-2019 the very best. As we plan to start the new year, it is important that we reflect on our Rotary journey during the Rotary year 2017-2018. If you failed to give support, it is now time to reflect on why you joined Rotary. Rotarians are supposed to be fully committed to helping others in addition to having fun, but most important Rotarians should make a difference.

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