Posted by Barbara Beagle on Apr 18, 2022
It’s amazing how big an impact small amounts of money (by U.S. standards) can make in third world countries!   Our International Service Committee, chaired this year by Nancy Whitaker, works tirelessly maintaining personal contacts to ensure that the Committee only funds projects that are reliable and sustainable. 
 
On April 7, Nancy  gave us an update on where the committee has spent some of their allocation from the 2021 Duck Race for Rotary year 2021-22.  Note: $12,500 for the Ukrainian relief effort is covered in a separate article.
 
Philippines.  The Committee has an ongoing relationship with the very active Orion Rotary Club in the Philippines, and sent $500 which was used for a hand washing station at an elementary school and a Maternal and Child Health Program.   
 
Pictured - hand washing station
Pictured above: Maternal and Child Health Program
 
Also, combining another $500 from Silverdale Rotary plus other Clubs’ donations, the Orion Club is also doing an environmental mangrove tree planting program and providing school supplies for 50 students at the School of Fisheries.
 
Burkina Faso.  Our club has a long standing relationship with Lisa Stirrett, supporting her work with Walk In The Light, Burkina Faso, West Africa.  This year our committee continued funding the Period Pad Project ($1,500) which provides women and girls reproductive and health education and provides materials for the sewing school to make hundreds of washable pads for women and girls in the surrounding villages. 
 
Dominican Republic – Children of the Nations (COTN).  A two year scholarship ($1,200) is sending Irianny F. (pictured) to University to study engineering in the Dominican Republic.  She is one of the success stories from the COTN schools.  And, $1,529 is continuing to fund the COTN Enhanced STEM Program in COTN schools.
 
Thanks to the tremendous support of our Duck Race Sponsors and the general public purchasing duck tickets in 2021, so many lives have been changed in a positive way!