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Since 1965, the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program has provided inspiring vocational, educational,

and cultural experiences for more than 70,000 men and women. Recently, districts

have been exploring innovative ideas to expand the scope and focus of GSE. Recognizing the

benefits of these ideas, The Rotary Foundation Trustees agreed in 2008 to update the Foundation’s

mission and encourage all districts to align their activities with the Foundation’s new

areas of focus. These six areas are maternal and child health, water and sanitation, disease prevention

and treatment, basic education and literacy, economic and community development,

and peace and conflict prevention/resolution.