International Projects

We have a commitment to International Service through ongoing projects in Mexico, 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


Baja California Orphanages

Irvine Rotary supports several Corazon de Vida Orphanages in Baja California

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Project Leader: Harish Murthy


Bolivia Prosthetics Clinic

An International Matching Grant to provide prosthetic limbs in Bolivia.

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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. Prosthetic limbs allows them to find employment and provide for their families.

Irvine Rotary also initiated an Rotary matching grant with eight other Rotary clubs to fund 134 artificial limbs.

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Project Leader: Ray Sanford


Corazon House Build

Build a house in a day!

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Working with Yorba Linda Sunrise Rotary and other clubs in District 5320, Irvine Rotarians travel to Tecate to man saws, swing hammers, wield paint brushes. The result is a new home for a deserving family.

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Project Leader: Ray Benedicktus


Ensenada Dental & Vision Clinics

Treating impoverished children without access to dental or vision care.

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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 and vision clinic for all of the children in a selected school. In one day, the dental team treats 50-100 children and parents, providing from $25,000 to $60,000 in free services. To date, the project has delivered more than $1 million in service to rural schools surrounding Ensenda.

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Project Leader: Ray Sanford


Guatemala Stove Project

Rotary International Matching Grant purchasing 1,500 fuel-efficient “Ecocina” stoves in Guatemala to improve health.

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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%.

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Project Leader: Ray Sanford


Haiti Dental Clinics

Providing free dental care to children in Haitian orphanages.

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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. 

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Project Leader: Austin Wall


Kenya Water Project


Approximately 2,000 Maasai community members will benefit from the clean water project, as well as two schools that educate approximately 650 children. In addition, consistent access to clean water will allow the existing women’s soap making project to at least triple its current production, increase its current monthly income of 10,000 ksh (approximately $100) and grow from 50 employees to as many as 150.

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Project Leader: Ray Benedicktus / Harish Murthy


Stop Hunger Now / Rise Against Hunger

This year, Irvine Rotarians assembled more than 20,000 meal packets to help those in need.

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