The Club was started on 30th June 1989 with the idea of Fellowship and Community Service.
Today, it is a thriving club with 139 members and growing! We carry out a wide variety of Community service and Youth service projects.
RCJH has been Doing Good ever since its founding in June 1989. Within just a few years, in the early 90s, the fledgling club received a whole container of refurbished medical equipment from the Rotary Club of New Jersey. This enabled the first international service project – gifting a complete Neo-natal ICU to St. Theresa’s Hospital, consisting of incubators, ECG equipment, etc.
And the members never looked back thereafter, managing to finalise Matching Grant projects with clubs abroad almost every couple of years. We have provided a mobile van with a soundproof cabin to facilitate deafness screening of infants in rural A.P (before bifurcation); an ambulance to the charitable Durgabai Deshmukh Hospital, buses for the use of patients in the Institute of Genetics and for the handicapped children of Swayamkrushi, and so on….
Our latest internationally funded project has been a Global Grant to provide free COVID-19 vaccination to disadvantaged communities of persons with leprosy and TB in and around Hyderabad in 2020-21.
With increased availability of local funding, many service projects are now being carried out without foreign funding. Mandatory CSR funding, which is unique to India, has made RCJH project partners of corporates for distribution of oxygen concentrators during the COVID pandemic and renovation of Anganwadis.
RCJH has stayed a strong supporter of the children of the Government High School, Filmnagar, since 2013-14. This has led in 2021-22 to our Focus on Filmnagar project where we work to improve the entire educational ecosystem from Anganwadis to primary schools to the single high school in Filmnagar under the “Happy Schools” banner; beautification of the Kothacheruvu, a large lake in Filmnagar, with a CSR grant of ₹2 crores, and rebuilding of the Urban Primary Health Centre, Filmnagar, thus covering the areas of education, the environment and healthcare.
A unique project which is making waves in 2021 is our Stop India Spitting campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of spitting, especially in these COVID times. We have already got the buy-in of the Indian Railways and have involved Rotaractors, Freemasons, Toastmasters and Freemasons in the high-decibel campaign.
A wonderful permanent project for the club has been enabled through the construction of the Sarath Gopal RCJH Learning Centre, a 3,500 sq. feet, 3-storied building which will be our location for vocational training programmes of disadvantaged youth and women to improve their employability.
The list goes on and on…