Quota International was founded in 1919, just after World War I, and the women who created it responded directly to the changing world around them. That spirit quickly became a hallmark of Quota, and not surprisingly, four decades later, as the international community came together after World War II, Quota took its place among the influential organizations associated with the United Nations. Today, Quota is very proud of the 50-plus-year legacy of service and international understanding it shares with the U.N., and for that reason, a new Web site profiling Quota’s collaboration has been created.
Quota International has been a formally affiliated non-governmental organization (NGO) since 1975. These groups run on the hearts and minds of members and staff who make a difference in the world, particularly for those who cannot make their own voices heard. Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan referred to this as the “power of the global citizen” at the most recent U.N. meeting attended by 2006-2007 Quota International President Enid Croes-Marugg (above).
Giving the gifts of life and health to so many children while in partnership with UNICEF brought recognition of Quota’s efforts from UNICEF leadership in 1991, including goodwill ambassador and actress Audrey Hepburn. The larger U.N. has also honored Quota’s Club-to-Club World Service Program with two Blue Ribbon of Excellence awards in 2001 and 2002. And in 2006, The United Nations honored the humanitarian efforts of 2005-2006 President Carolyn Rice (above), Quota International, and the We Share Foundation with an award recognizing individuals and organizations that made a special contribution to international human rights.
While this association means that Quota’s mission to create international service can spread even further, it has also allowed Quotarians across the world to make tangible contributions to children in countries where Quota clubs don’t exist. In 1984, Quota began its work with UNICEF (the U.N. Children’s Fund), resulting in both a 1985 initiative that helped children in Uganda receive life-saving immunizations and a 1988 endeavor supporting an extensive oral rehydration program for children in Bhutan.
Today Quota International continues working toward the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, eight priorities designed to strengthen the connections between individuals, communities, and institutions across the globe. To read these goals and to learn more about Quota’s rich history and promising future partnering with the U.N., click here. To visit this site in the future, go to www.wesharefoundation.org and click the “Quota and the United Nations” button on the home page.