International Service aims to encourage and foster the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. This is accomplished through world community service opportunities and activities; support for disaster relief projects; international cultural exchange activities; promoting contact between districts and clubs in 2 or more countries and increasing fellowship and intercultural understanding among the people of various nations.
Our committee currently partners with other clubs from our district, and clubs in Guatemala, to carry out the following international projects:
- Scholarships for secondary school children in Coatepeque, Guatemala
- Transitions wheelchair and prosthetic project in Antigua, Guatemala
- Efforts to clean up Lake Atitlan in Guatemala by providing clean cook stoves to families in the region.
Our club has supported the scholarship program and the Transitions Wheelchair program for the past 3 years and have budgeted to support them during the current Rotary year. The Lake Atitlan project is new this year and a global grant proposal has been made by one of the partners to support this effort.
Additionally, our club has purchased 3 Shelter Boxes to be sent to disaster/war torn areas, to temporarily house families. We have also paid for shipping of books from the Beaverton club to Africa.