International Service Projects

The Rotary Club of Coronado conducts service projects across Rotary International's Five Avenues of Service: Club Service, Community Service, Youth Service, International Service, and Vocational Service. We are able to finance our service projects with the following fundraising activities:

  1. Member Pledges
  2. Jim Laslavic Charity Golf Tournament
  3. Low Tide Ride & Stride
  4. Polio Plus Wine Tasting

Polio Plus
Rotary Scholars
This program, supported by our club, is the largest foreign study program in the world. Its purpose is to further world peace and understanding among peoples and nations by sending outstanding scholars to countries the world over to live and interrelate with the citizenry of those countries, thereby fostering better human and personal relationships. The awards can reach as high as $25,000, including airfare for a year of study in a foreign country.

Vocational Training Teams
The VTT is an international exchange program involving teams of business and professional persons with a pre-determined project and includes individuals to best perform this project. Our District has served as a Pilot District for the 3 years beginning in July 2010, and as such, we've sent 3 VTT’s to other countries and have developed great experience in this new entity. We have sent a “Build a Village” team to East Africa, a “Pediatric Healthcare” team to South Africa and a “Nursing Teacher Training” team to Kenya.

 
Limbs of Freedom
In cooperation with the DIF (Mexican Government Family Health Group) Rehabilitation Center in Ensenada, B.C. Mexico, the Coronado Rotary Club and the Calafia Rotary Club of Ensenada support volunteer prostheticians who evaluate, fit, build, re-fit and adjust prosthetics for those in need. Our club has provided funds to equip the clinic with the necessary tools, equipment and materials and continues to provide the personnel and funds needed for food and lodging for the volunteers. We strive to conduct three to four clinics per year.

Pan American Institute
This is a secondary school located Tijuana, Mexico. In addition to providing the students at this school with a library, a club member coordinated with other clubs in our district to supply computers to the school. Currently our club and other clubs in the district are contributing financially to provide Internet access for the school's computers.

Polio Plus
This is the most ambitious program in Rotary's history. For more than 20 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. As of 1 August, 2010, Rotarians have raised over $141.2 million for Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge. These contributions will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.

Thousand Smiles
Started by our own Dr. Jim Vernetti and other Rotarians in District 5340, Thousand Smiles focuses on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxillo-facial deformities such as cleft palate. Four clinics take place each year and many Rotary Clubs join the effort. The volunteers, many of whom are Rotarians, are the backbone of the team and include both medical professionals and non-medical individuals. Our club also makes an annual contribution to this project.

Shelter Box
This project was conceived and developed by a Rotarian in England in 2001. The mission is to deliver immediate relief to victims of natural and other disasters anywhere around the world. It provides a large plastic container containing a 10-person tent and a range of equipment which varies based upon the needs of a particular disaster. In response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, our club rapidly raised enough funds to provide twenty-four boxes.

Missionvale Care Center
In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, our club has successfully completed several Rotary Matching Grants to assist this poverty stricken area. Several club members have traveled to this township over the past two years to determine the priority of needs for the people of this area. Examples of support include food warehouse stocking and stoves for families. Our club recently secured a grant from Tom's Shoes Corporation resulting in over 16,000 children receiving a new pair of shoes every six months.

 
Tanzania Hospital and Orphanage
An area of high mortality due to HIV/aids, there are many orphans who need medical assistance and care. There are 43 dispensaries in the Moshi, Tanzania area in need of medical supplies. Our club has provided financial aid to the personnel administering to these facilities to assist the orphans.