INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

Projects that involve efforts from Rotarians in more than one country

POC – Bill Krist and Clyde Findley

 

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POLIOPLUS - POLIO ERADICATION

Each year the West Springfield Rotary Club donates a minimum of $2,000 to Rotary International to help end Polio in the world.  Since Rotary International’s effort to eradicate polio began in 1979 over 2.5 billion children, have been immunized against polio.  Only three countries are left where polio is endemic, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Rotary and our partners, which include the Gates Foundation, international, national, and local health agencies, are committed to eradicating polio, but the effort for the last “few” cases is extremely expensive.  For example, from 1988 to 2014, $11.5 billion has been spent but from 2013-2018, it is anticipated that another $5.5 billion will be required. POC – Robin Erskine and Bonnie Lilley 

 

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STOP HUNGER NOW 

Our club participates in the international hunger relief agency, Stop Hunger Now, by packaging meals and donating to the needy.  Since 1998, Stop Hunger Now has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.  The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets, which transport quickly and has a shelf-life of two years.  POC – Diane Williams

 

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BIKES FOR THE WORLD

 We participate in Bikes for the World, where we collect new and used bikes.  We work together on this project with students of Washington Irving Middle School.  Reconditioned used bicycles represent an affordable and effective means of transportation in many parts of the developing world, providing essential access to work, school, and social services.  All too often, a large segment of the population has no alternative to walking long distances, consuming time and reducing productivity.  Many of the children’s bikes that are donated are reviewed by the technicians at The Bike Lane in Springfield and if they pass inspection, are donated to needy kids in Fairfax County through Kristi’s Christmas.  Bikes for the World provides rewarding and educational team-building volunteer opportunities to a wide range of community groups. POC – Phil Dondes with Mike Salkind

 

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SHELTERBOX - EMERGENCY SHELTER

Rotary has regularly provided ShelterBoxes to needy people around the world whenever there has been an emergency, such as a typhoon, flooding or earthquake.  Each ShelterBox contains a tent that can accommodate ten people, food to last for several months, medical supplies, and other emergency equipment such as flashlights.  Our Club contributes $2,000 every year to Rotary International to support his program.  POC – Robin Erskine

 

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PROMOTING EDUCATION IN SIERRA LEONE

We are working with the Rotary Club in Bo, Sierra Leone to support three “at risk” primary schools through providing training for the teachers, latrines and solar electricity.  We are partnering with an NGO (Deeper Missions) that has worked in the Bo District to provide latrines and electricity to a hospital, and we are seeking support from other Rotary Clubs.  We plan to apply for a Global Grant from Rotary International; if approved, this will result in increasing the amount of funding we can provide by 3.5 times.    POC – Bill Krist

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