Our Club’s Current International Projects

Kisimu, Kenya 2018

We collected a dozen large suitcases and filled them with shoes, socks, and school supplies for children in the village of Kisumu, Kenya.  A local group was going to the village and able to take the suitcases with them, ensuring delivery, so the somewhat expensive shipping would be a worthwhile cost.  The Rotary Club of Kisumu welcomed our contribution and we look forward to partnering with them in the future.


Shelter Box 2017-2018

Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been displaced by natural disaster and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this. The organization doesn’t believe that one size fits all, instead working hard to understand the impact of each emergency and the need this creates within individual communities. The equipment provided, whatever shape it takes, gives people the hope and the power to transform their own lives.

Our club is again sponsoring a Shelter Box ($1,000 USD), a sturdy green box with family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide up to ten people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.  The boxes contain cooking sets, solar lights and activity sets for children. Explore ShelterBox aid in depth.

Many Rotary clubs, and Rotary International, partner with Shelter Box, so much so that the organizations’ names are nearly synonymous. 

You can join our efforts by donating to Shelter Box through our club or directly at https://www.shelterboxusa.org/donate/


Guatemalan Education 2017-2018

We’re joining with the Rotary Club of Newberg, Oregon on a project for San Mateo Milpas Altas school in Guatemala.  Facilities are inadequate with classroom overcrowding, no drinking water, and smoke-filled facilities when breakfast or lunch are being cooked. 

This is not the first Central American project for Newberg Rotarians, who have on-the-ground relationships with Rotarians in Guatemala.  These relationsips are how Rotary gets things done without materials and funds becoming lost along the way. 

The $105,150 project will expand and renovate classrooms, add a library, provide clean drinking water and an industrial size cook stove, as well as train teachers in new teaching tequniques with sustainable results. Affected will be 252 boys, 246 girls, 19 teachers, and roughly 280 parents who help throughout the year (9 each day).

Our $2,000 contribution will join with $17,000 from the Rotary Club of Newburg, $5,000 from partnering clubs yet to be confirmed, $100 from the Rotary Club of Antigua hosting the project, $30,000 from Rotary District 5100, and $45,000 from a Rotary International Global Grant.

Incubators to Ghana, 2018-2019

Our club received an opportunity to partner with the Rotary Club of Secondi-Takoradi to positively impact the neonatal health care in Ghana by purchasing  baby incubators.  The lifesaving devices will be purchased in the United States, shipped to the club in Ghana, and go through international customs and clearance before being delivered to the hospitals in Western Ghana.  Details are still being worked out.

We have earmarked $1,000 USD in funds in 2017-18 toward this project, which we will add to in 2018-19 as the project moves from planning to action. 

Since this project involves a Rotary Global Grant, the minimum budget will be $30,000, with clubs in the US and Ghana contributing approximately $9,000.


Global grants are magic! 

When Rotary clubs join forces on international projects, dollars grow quickly!  The clubs involved in the project contribute cash, which, in the USA, is matched at 100% by their District’s Funds and again by the Rotary Foundation’s World Fund at 50%.  The World Fund also matches the District Funds at 100%!

To simplify, let’s say you give $1 to the project.  It is matched by the District and is now $2.  It is also matchedby the Rotary Foundation’s World Fund at 50%, making it $2.50.  Then the World Fund matches what the District added, so your original dollar is now $3.50 in global aid.

Some countries have additional matching funds outside of Rotary to add to projects.  For example, Canadian clubs enjoy a six times match by their government!  As you can see, partnering with Canadian clubs can really stretch a dollar.

Global Grants …

  • have a minimum budget of $30,000
  • Happen internationally
  • are aligned with a key area of focus
  • stem from true community needs
  • are a true partnership between the club that creates the project and the club where the project is to take place
  • are long-term and high-impact
  • document sustainability
  • have measureable success
  • Are funded by the partnering clubs, other clubs, and match funds at the district and international levels.