International Service
Make a World of Difference This Year With an International Project or Activity
ROTARY’S AREAS OF FOCUS - Rotary has identified specific causes to target to maximize our local and global impact. At the same time, Rotary understands that each community has its own unique needs and concerns.  Through global grants and other resources, we help clubs focus their service efforts in the following areas.
  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development
Click HERE For more information on areas of focus.
·       Planning for the future
·       Making certain that the investment made by Rotarians keeps addressing community needs
·       Providing the benefits it promised to deliver
Economic Sustainability
·       Create an ongoing funding source, such as fee for use
·       Ensure that funding will cover maintenance and improvements
·       Enlist volunteer experts, such as Rotary Community Corps members
Cultural Sustainability
·       Incorporate customary practices, such as traditional healing
·       Include local and traditional leaders in decision making process
·       Respect diversity by using practices from an area’s different cultures
Environmental Sustainability
·       Use local resources and locally produced materials
·       Work with businesses that use sustainable practices
·       Ensure that the project will not generate pollution
Social Sustainability
·       Create a training program to prepare workers and local instructors
·       Gain grassroots support for monitoring and evaluation
·       Consider how both men and women can participate in the project
Where Do You Find Out About Projects?
Rotarians in your club, area or district with projects
Clubs in your area or district with projects
District leadership with international connections or knowledge about international projects
Rotary Partners
Project Fairs

What Is Involved in a Project?
Life Cycle of a Project - Rotary projects should include the following: planning, acquiring resources, project implementation, and project evaluation.  For more information click HERE.
Funding International Projects Through The Rotary Foundation – Clubs can and should take advantage of grants from the Rotary Foundation.  There is excellent information on the District 5190 website on the Grants Page, or for
Global Grants
     contact: Steve Leighty
District Service Grants 
    contact: John Sullivan

Pre-Approved TRF Packaged Grants
Like global grants, packaged grants support our areas of focus and can include scholarships, humanitarian projects, and vocational training. The key difference is that the project's framework is provided for you.
We offer nursing scholarships and training for health educators with our partner Aga Khan University. With our partner UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, we fund scholarships for water and sanitation professionals. Vocational training and medical service teams work with our partner Mercy Ships.
Opportunities to Partner on International Service Projects
(Chart in development – will be posted soon)
Most Rotary Clubs don’t have the ability to fund large international service projects.    The Rotary Foundation in partnership with the Rotary Districts provides an opportunity to acquire grants for some projects.  It is not a simple nor easy process to acquire a global grant but it is worth the effort in the end.
International Service projects and Rotary clubs can be small or large, sophisticated or simple.  As Rotarians, we all appreciate the need for the good work and beneficial assistance that we can provide to people and communities around the world.  We often think in terms of Global Grants, Package Grants, or District Service Grants, funded through the Rotary Foundation.  Where such grants and projects work for a club – we know we can have successes such as in Uganda, Costa Rica, and Mexico.   But for clubs who have not ventured into the international service arena recently, or maybe ever, there are opportunities for you as well.  Check out the Rotary Foundation Grants.  Or, consider other options.  One possibility is to partner with another club which is pursuing a grant from the Foundation.  Another option is to directly fund a project in another area where you are comfortable with an international partner and a cause they are trying to address.  An example is a project in Nepal with the Tree Foundation that benefits women and new-borns.  Or, you can choose to work with some established foundations (see the PROJECT PARTNERS page) that are tried and true Rotary partners and have each accomplished amazing things.  Whatever you choose, make 2014-15 the year you directly engage in an international service project or activity.
Rotarian Action Groups
A Rotarian Action Group is an autonomous group of Rotarians, family members, and Rotaractors who are experts in a particular field, such as microcredit or water and sanitation. Group members share their expertise by collaborating with clubs and districts on service projects.  There are established Rotarian Action Groups for:
  • Blindness Prevention
  • Global Network for Blood Donation
  • Against Child Slavery
  • Dental Volunteers
  • Diabetes
  • Family Health and AIDS Prevention
  • Food Plant Solutions
  • Rotarians for Hearing
  • Alleviation of Hunger and Malnutrition
  • Literacy
  • Rotarians Eliminating Malaria
  • Microfinance and Community Development
  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness
  • Peace
  • Polio Survivors and Associates
  • Population and Development
  • Water and Sanitation
For more information on action groups click HERE. 
Project fairs are regional events hosted annually by Rotary districts worldwide to encourage international friendship and collaboration on international service projects. They provide an opportunity for a number of Rotary clubs in the host districts to exhibit and offer their projects, and for international visitors to meet local project coordinators to find a project that matches their club’s goals and interest. Attendees convene for two to three days to share their interests or concerns, discuss ideas, and establish partnerships.
For More Information on Project Fairs click HERE.
Other Opportunities for International Service
Vocational Training Teams and scholarships funded through grants awarded by The Rotary Foundation are other ways that clubs can become involved with international service. Keep in mind district sponsored Global Scholars.  The scholars are often interested in developing a service project while overseas. RYE students and their parents are another channel for opening doors and making connections. Group Study Exchange teams, too, can be a source for ideas and contacts.  Although participants must cover their own expenses, Rotary also provides a framework for Rotary Friendship Exchanges. RI can help channel funds from clubs for disaster relief, and Rotary’s regional program officers and technical-assistance experts are resource people who can be helpful.
Rotary Youth Exchange – Former Rotary International President Karl Wilhelm Stenhammer (2006-7) once said, “If every 17 year old student went on a Rotary Youth Exchange Program there would be no more war in the world.”  It is the experience of a life-time to be an exchange student – but equally so – to host a student.  Make a difference in your life and that of a promising young person in your area and from another country.  For more information about RYE click HERE.
Want even more ideas – check out Rotary Showcase.
Hankins, Helen (Mike Mauser)
Elko Desert Sunrise
600 Western Hills #8
Spring Creek, NV 8815

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