International Services
 
 

Included in International Service

are the following committees:

 

Rotary Foundation Committee

- Chairperson: Lewis Creed

 

World Community Services

- Chairperson: Ouma Cuniah

 

International Services

Our Avenue for International Services, driven by The Rotary Foundation Committee and the World Community Service, supports international causes aligned with those of Rotary international

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International and is supported solely by donations from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation. Through Foundation grants, Rotarians are able to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

The role of the club Rotary Foundation Committee is to develop and implement a plan to support the Foundation through program participation and financial contributions through community and international service.

Rotarians and their clubs can support the Foundation financially and through participation in one of its many programs. The Rotary Foundation has three main program areas:

Educational Programs – Ambassadorial Scholarships, Group Study Exchange, Rotary Centres for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution

Humanitarian Grants Program – Matching Grants; District Simplified Grants; Health Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants;

Grants have to address humanitarian needs with the aim of providing sustainable development;

Grants require the active participation of Rotarians and should assist in the development of stronger Rotary networks

PolioPlus – Rotary’s most recognized program with a goal to eradicate polio;

Rotarians have contributed US$800 million to PolioPlus; Rotarians also volunteer at the local level providing support at clinics and mobilizing their communities for immunization or other eradication activities; recently Rotary received two grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation totaling $355 million and in response Rotary committed to raising $200 million in matching funds.

World Community Service

The World Community Service Committee actively supports charity organisations that are working at fighting diseases, providing clean water, supporting women and children and growing local communities around the world. The Committee supports both micro projects at grass root levels and bigger projects. 

 

Shelter Box Canada

 

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Shelter Box and Rotary are official partners in international disaster relief. Shelter Box provides emergency shelter & vital aid to people affected by disaster worldwide. This year, we made our 40th donation to Shelter Box with a contribution of $2,400. 

 

Médecins Sans Frontières 

MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors and is, today, a worldwide movement of more than 67,000 people, providing medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. We support MSF Canada with annual donations. 

 

Africa

We work closely with Mary Hickey, our Mentor Award Recipient, Sister Noreen from the Congregation of Notre Dame and Farmers Helping Farmers, PEI to support projects in Africa. 


Mary has been devoting her time for the past number of years to improving the education and lives in East Africa. She worked with Volunteers Services Overseas in Rwanda where our donation assisted in providing educational supplies. We also supported her move to Shinyanga, Tanzania where she taught English, trained teachers and developed an English curriculum at the Agape Open School. Mary also facilitated our contribution to educational supplies to the school.

 

 

 

Farmers Helping Farmers

We provide funding assistance to Farmers Helping Farmers for various of their projects in Kenya. We have supported them in developing vegetable gardens and school feeding programmes. Our latest collaboration with them is the Food Empowerment of Kenyan Women in the district of Meru. 

See the work of Rotarian Winston Johnston in developing vegetable gardens. 

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Sister Noreen's school in Cameroon 

 

Sister Noreen has now returned to Canada after many years of service to the school children in Cameroon but one PEI member of her Congregation, Sister Buote from Rustico, is still there. Sister Noreen remains a regular contact and coordinates our contributions to the school. 

     

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea (DPRK)

We provided assistance to an orphanage near Pyongyang to purchase one energy efficient cook stove suitable for providing cooked meals for up to 500 orphans. The Club has also donated $6,000 to assist in the provision of solar water heaters to ensure the children have warm water for bathing. Soap supplies for one year are also being provided. Cleanliness is essential for proper child health when so many children live in close quarters in a relatively small building. The solar water heater acquisition is part of a multi-club project involving Rotary Clubs in the Atlantic area and in several other countries. The government of DPRK is providing a percentage of the funds which illustrates the significance of the donation in generating cooperation between DPRK and western countries.

 

Afghanistan

Susan Hartley with Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan has been recognized by an award of a Peace Scholarship award. The Club has supported her work in the past. 

Haiti

Lloyd Dalziel of PEI works with the International Sustainable Community Foundation in Haiti and this organization has been active in improving the lives individual Haitians and their communities. The Club has assisted in a chicken rearing project for the past two years and will continue its assistance. The small scale chicken farms being established have expanded using profits generated into community businesses.

Guatemala

We joined our support to this multi-club project to finance a soy-cow machine for the production of soy milk destined for children in Guatemala. For soy cow or soy goat information see www.firststepscanada.org

India 

We helped pay the cost of operations to restore eyesight with a contribution to the Sankurathri Foundation of Ottawa. This foundation established by a father to recognize his children lost in the Air India disaster. 

Kiva

We finance micro-projects through Kiva. The donations are micro-loans which upon repayment will then be re-gifted to others. Loans are given to people like Gerard who runs a rickshaw business in Peru, Nafi who runs a small cloth business in Senegal, Rabiyya who raises cattle in Azerbaijan, and Gloria who is a baker in Ghana.