Irvine Rotary has a commitment to International Service through its ongoing projects in Mexico, Haiti, Romania, Central America, India, Africa and Bolivia.
A foundation for peace is built of many small effort to advance understanding and goodwill among people of different nations and to improve the quality of life. Rotary International regards the building blocks of International Service as: special international observances and events; international meetings; international educational and cultural activities; The Rotary Foundation; and World Community Service.
Irvine Rotary International Projects
Bolivia Prosthetics Clinic
An International Matching Grant to provide prosthetic limbs in Bolivia.
Irvine Rotary teamed up with the Rotary Club of San Pedro, La Paz, Bolivia to provide the start up funds for a new prostheses clinic. Our initial funding provided the necessary equipment and materials to set up the workshop to manufacture the M1 Knee and the clinic to provide the amputees with the care they deserved.
Irvine Rotary also initiated an international matching grant with eight other Rotary clubs to fund 134 artificial limbs. That grant is underway.
Project Leader: Ray Sanford
Corazon House Build
Build a house in a day!
Working with Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary and other clubs in District 5320, Irvine Rotarians traveled to Tecate to man saws, swing hammers, wield paint brushes. The result was a new home for a deserving family.
Project Leader: Don Kennedy
Ensenada Dental Clinics
Treating impoverished children without access to dental care.
The Irvine Rotary Club, working with the Club Rotario Ensenada Calafia, the Ensenada school district and Dental Care for Children, travels to Ensenada twice a year to hold a one-day dental clinic for all of the children in a selected school. In one day, the dental team treats 50-100 children, providing from $25,000 to $60,000 worth of free services.
In addition to underwriting these directly sponsored clinics, the Irvine Rotary supports Dental Care for Children’s seven other clinics in Ensenada (3), Montebello, CA (1) and Les Cayes, Haiti (3).
This video is from a Dental Care for Children trip to provide services to an orphanage near Ensenada.
Project Leader: Ray Sanford
Guatemala Stove Project
Rotary International Matching Grant purchasing 1,500 fuel-efficient “Ecocina” stoves in Guatemala to improve health.
In the developing world, alarming numbers of children show up at hospitals with severe burns, eye infections and upper respiratory problems, all a result of open-fire cooking inside small, unventilated homes. Carbon monoxide testing shows exposure levels in these homes to be twice the level that is considered dangerous.
The Rotary Club of Irvine organized a Rotary International Matching Grant to purchase 1,500 fuel-efficient “Ecocina” stoves in Guatemala. Designed by
StoveTeam International, these stoves replace the traditional three-stone open cook fires. Use of these stoves reduce deforestation, prevent burns and produce almost no smoke. They are inexpensive, portable and are made from local materials. Locally owned factories also provide employment in a country where the unemployment rate can be as high as 50%.
Project Leader: Ray Sanford
Haiti Dental Clinics
Providing free dental care to children in Haitian orphanages.
Irvine Rotary helps sponsor the efforts of Dental Care for Children's clinics in Haiti. Dr. Austin Wall has been arranging two trips a year to Haiti for the past several years. Each clinic treats hundreds of children and provides as much as $180,000 in free services.
Dental Care for Children, an Irvine non-profit organization works closely with Irvine Rotary. Irvine Rotary sponsors two clinics a year in Ensenada and helps underwrite the expenses of the two Haiti clinics each year.
Project Leader: Austin Wall
India Literacy - Rural Schools program
India has over 400 million of its population that live in interior or remote villages with little or no access to education. This project helps fund teachers in tribal villages.
EKAL provides basic education to remote villages in India where government funded education is not available. EKAL began in 1986, and currently has over 47,000 schools teaching 1.4 million students.
A local tribal youth from the same village or a neighboring village functions as the Teacher at the School following induction training and recurring training support. He is also provided with necessary teaching aids to run the school for 3 hours a day at a time convenient to the students.
Syllabus of three years – comprising seven subjects would enable a child to get admission in Class 3 or 4 of a formal primary school. Teachers are also motivated during their training to guide the students to develop consciousness about personal hygiene, health care, village sanitation and to free themselves from the age-old habit of drinking which is a bane of the tribal society.
To make the tribal society healthy, strong and gainfully employed, EV runs a four pronged program of education: (1) Primary Education (2) Health Care Education (3) Development Education and (4) Empowerment Education.
Project Leader: Pannkaj Kummar
India Solar Light Project
Irvine Rotary is participating in an international grant with other clubs from the United States and India.
Rotary Clubs from the United States, in partnership with Rotary clubs in India, have begun a project to distribute low-cost solar lights as an alternative to kerosene. These solar lights will be used by schools and orphanages.
Project Leader: Balaji Rao
Romania Schools & Education
Promoting Education in rural Romania
Working with several other Rotary Clubs in our district, The Rotary Club of Irvine has helped fund two projects in rural Romania. The first project was to provide computer labs for several rural schools. This involved hardware and software to teach students skills that will enable them to move forward with education and jobs.
Additionally, our club helped purchase a van that will be a book mobile for outlying communities that have no access to libraries. In its spare time, the van will be used to transport medical and dental equipment and supplies for teams of volunteer medical professionals. The club works with Children Aid & Development, started by Irvine Rotarian Alex Ureche, to coordinate the various projects in Romania.
Project Leader: Alex Ureche