The UK Standard edition Dictionary 4 Life (D4L)
has had extraordinary success in the 29 Districts of RIBI and beyond. The D4L
promotes British English and encourages children to widen their vocabularies
and improve their life chances.
In its first year, 2007-8, the D4L was given to
some 45000 10 year old children as an aid to personal literacy and as a
promotion to the children, their teachers, their families and their
communities, of Rotarys work. There have been many column inches in local
newspapers about the presentations to children in the 29 RIBI districts
supporting the project.
RI provided facilities at the Los Angeles RI
Convention to promote the D4L to Rotarians from across the world. Samples of
the D4L were widely distributed and follow up interest was expressed.
At the end of the project's fifth year
2011-2012 some 400,000 D4L dictionaries have been distributed by over 500
Rotary clubs from all 29 RIBI Rotary Districts and many overseas countries
including, Jamaica, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Zambia, Australia, Namibia,
South Africa (where is has been selected as the preferred dictionary by the RI
ROTA ad hoc committee), Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, India, Seychelles,
Sri Lanka, Sweden, Canada.
The overseas supplies are funded by UK and
overseas clubs and include both the Standard and the International (LCDW)
In LA some Interactors from Oregon saw the book
and subsequently raised funds to supply copies to Uganda. The local Rotary club
did the deal and the books were airfreighted to a Rotaractor in Uganda for
distribution. A real Family of Rotary achievement!