International Projects in Central America - Bainbridge Island Rotary
International Projects in Central AmericaWorld Community Service in Latin AmericaA Selected Review of International Projects
Why are International Projects and WorldCommunity Service an emphasis in Rotary.– The Fourth “Object of Rotary” – the Foundation of the Rotary movement.– Rotary Foundation Emphasis is serving the less fortunante in the world – humanitarian service– Service to the most needy in the world leads us not only to the less fortunate in our community but those areas of the world where the extremely poor live.
Why do Rotarians do international projects?– Many motivations, but some stand out:– About being a ‘Good Rotarian’ – living up to the values of Rotary, and the ‘Objects of Rotary.’– An impactful way of doing Rotary Service – one can see the impacts and the changes in poor people’s lives.– A rewarding way to do Rotary Service – the impacts and the experiences and friendships created.– Creates friendships in other cultures, in other countries– Enriches our clubs – more interesting mix of service
Why Central America projects:– Basically, high needs, convenient and inviting– Close to US. Airfare $700-800 – easy one day flight– Central American Rotarians are good partners: used to working with North Americans, eager for partners.– C.A., while mostly Spanish speakers, often understand English and some speak it well.– The two Central American Rotary District are organized to work with us, and eager for North American project partners. Some very skilled.
Our Clubs Early History.– First significant international projects began in Central America in 2000-2001. - Club Funded the purchase of a River “School Boat”, to shuttle school children from their villages to their schools along the Rio Dulce in Eastern Guatemala. About $2000 was provided. Faciliated by some yachers from Bainbridge, who observed the need and sought assistance. John Walker orchestrated our club’s response. - About a year later, with the first “school boat’ a success, the club funded a second boat. Similar amounts and conditions.
Our Club’s Early History– First Rotary Foundation Matching Grant was sought and obtained in 2001-2002.– Partnered with the Rotary Club of Castelar, in Buenos Aires– Project involved the equipping and furnishing of a basic dental clinic, in a very poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.– Project was successful.– Provided valuable experience to several of us, allowing us to encourage and train others in Club.
Some Criteria Guiding Central American Projects– Strive to address the basic humanitarian needs.– Focus on the poorest in the world.– Create and work with strong Rotary partnerships in the host country. Create explicit partnership agreements.– For all except very small projects, obtain Rotary Foundation grants, so to obtain ‘multiplier effects’ of club’s monies.– Stress good project design and develop written implementation plans.
The Multiplier Effects of Rotary FoundationGlobal Grants.– Each partner must contribute: customarily int’l partners contribute most of the club monies.– Each District matches each club’s contribution, usually on a 1 to 1 basis, up to $15,000.– Rotary Foundation matches the clubs monies on a .5 to 1 basis, and District monies on a 1 to 1 basis.– Project must comply with Foundation’s areas of emphasis, and with “Terms and Conditions”.
The Multiplier Effects of Rotary FoundationGlobal Grants.– Typically Central American projects range in size from $35,000 to $55,000.– Many of these projects include other club funding: we organize funding from international partners.– Often, our club contributes $7000 to $12,000: other clubs contribute $3000 to $8000.– Thus our club funds are multiplied 3.5 to 8 times– For example, our club $8000 could create a $53,000 project.
Central American Projects in the Early 2000s– Shipment of Medical Equipment to Peru. Collected selected used medical equipment.– Shipment of Medical Equipment to Hospital Cuidad Pacifica, near San Miguel, El Salvador. Rotarians collected, selected, and packed out Full Size container. Our club paid for transportation. RC of San Miguel received, and unloaded at hospital.– Shipment of 2nd Shipment of Medical Equipment to Hospital Cuidad Pacifica, and the Maternity Ward of the San Miguel Hospital. Similar arrangement.
Central American Projects in the Early 2000s- School Support for poor community near San Salvador, El Salvador, partnering with RC of Cuscatlán. Grant provided for school equipment, furnishings, books.- Providing Equipment, furnishings and materials for Boca Chica Village School in Panama. Rotary Grant.- Provided High Capacity Van for poor elderly home in San Ignacio, Belize. Partner clubs: Rotary Club of Belize and several South Carolina clubs.
Current Central American Projects:– Quetzaltenango, Guatemala - Third in a series of Microfinance Projects, with Microfinance Institution Solidarity and Development. Partnership: Rotary Club of Quetzaltenango and 8 District 5020 clubs.– Rio Dulce/Lake Izabal, Guatemala – Second in series of water, sanitation, and nutrition projects for very poor Indian villages in the Eastern lowlands– Last month Rick and Cathy Golden spoke to the club about these two project series.
International Projects in Central America Each year the Clubs of the seven countries and two Rotary Districts of Central America host a Central American Project Fair in late JanuaryFriday afternoon thru Sat night ‘trade fair’-like formatplus interest group sessions, entertainment and meals Central America Project Fair Jan 2009 Belize City, Belize
Central American Clubs setup booths and displays
International Projects in Central America San Ignacio Belize Project Rotary Foundation Grant 2007-2008Partnership with RC of San Ignacio, South Carolina Club Purchase of a large van, about $35,000, to transport the residents of an elderly home, which is supported by charitable contributions