International Services

Included in International Service

are the following committees:


Rotary Foundation Committee

- Chairperson: Lewis Creed


World Community Services

- Chairperson: Ouma Cuniah


The purpose of International Service is to foster better international relations and to assist developing countries.


International Services

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; grant 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 oversees several international projects sponsored or supported by our club 


Vegetable Production in Kenya - See the work of Rotarian Winston Johnston in developing vegetable gardens in Kenya.


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  pastedGraphic.pngShelter Box Canada – this year the Club has continued its support for Shelter Box Canada with a donation of $1,200. In this instance the donation was unrestricted thus allowing Shelter Box Canada to use this money to their best advantage. In most cases, this allows for additional items such as blankets for winter time use to be distributed to those already living in tents. This was the 39th donation made by the Rotary Club of Charlottetown Royalty. Last year’s shelter box donations were restricted and the shelter boxes went to Niger and Chile. See


Rwanda – Mary Hickey’s work with Volunteers Services Overseas has been supported by a donation of $1,000. Mary has been devoting her time for the last number of years to improving the education and lives of children in this eastern Africa country. This year’s donation will assist activities by providing supplies such as dictionaries, posters, tables and chairs for kindergarten children, fees, etc,   


Kenya – the work of the education committee (Lydia MacKay chairperson, a teacher in Stratford) of Farmers Helping Farmers has been supported by a donation of $1,500 to be used in their school feeding program in Kenya. This donation will be used at schools having a kitchen garden where vegetables are grown for noon lunches. The poorest schools also have a milk program where milk is purchased from local farmers who deliver 250 millilitres of milk for each Kindergarten or Grade 1 student each school day. A number of these schools were visited (by Winston Johnston) in January this year where evaluations were made to ensure the children are receiving an adequate noon lunch. See



Cameroon – Sister Noreen’s school. Sister Noreen, Congregation of Notre Dame, did not return to Cameroon this year after many years of service to Cameroon school children. However, the needs of her school continued. One PEI member of her Congregation (Sister Buote from Rustico) remains at her school and provides a contact. A cheque for $1,000 was presented at the 25 November meeting of our Club. Contact with Sister Noreen continues and reports are received every few month.



Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, North Korea (DPRK) – assistance as been provided to an orphanage near Pyongyang with funds ($800) 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.



Guatemala – a recommendation was made supporting this multi Club project for provision of a soycow machine for production of soymilk destined for children in Guatemala. A donation of $3,500 has been made from Club funds on recommendation of the board of directors. For soy cow or soy goat information see


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 and she has agreed to give a presentation to club members on returning to PEI. On this occasion a donation of $800 will be made for the training of two teachers for a girl’s school. See


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 this will continue with a further donation of $500. The small scale chicken farms being established have expanded using profits generated into community businesses. See



India – a request for support has been received from the Sankurathhri Foundation of Ottawa. This foundation established by a father to recognize his children lost in the Air India disaster. The Club has donated $1,000 to pay the cost of operations to restore eyesight. See



KIVA – This microloan project has been supported by four donations as follows: Lebanon, ($100 for university expenses for a young woman), Peru ($100 to assist in acquisition of organic fertilizer), Cambodia (2 x $25 to build a latrine and buy pigs), Tajikistan ($100 to pay for health care) all in U.S. funds. The donations are microloans which upon repayment will then be re-gifted to others. See 
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.


Medicine Sans Frontiere – Doctors without Borders, Canadian branch. This group is continuing to conduct missions for refugees from conflicts in Syria and Iraq. One Island doctor has been involved with refugees in Lebanon. The committee has donated $1,000 of Club funds to be used as deemed most necessary. See