International Service

Rotary members are active in international issues through both service and donations.  

Bainbridge Rotary Microsavings Projects Expand in Tanzania, Uganda, and Nepal

Bainbridge Island Rotary Club launched the Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Microsavings Project in 2015. It uses a worldwide proven model to connect poor people to basic financial services that are safe, reliable, and profitable. As of October 2016, the project created 60 savings groups with over 1,500 members (80% women). They are trained in the […]

Africa Reaches Important Polio Milestone

 A full year has passed since Africa’s last reported case caused by the wild poliovirus. Somalia was the last country to identify a new case, which occurred on 11 August 2014. While Africa has achieved an important public health milestone, the job is not yet finished. To end polio forever, all countries – both endemic […]

Rotarian Sees a Need and a New Committee is Born

by Pam Perry On April 25, 2015 when the earth shook in Nepal, my heart shook too. After five weeks of intensive fundraising to support relief efforts to meet the immediate needs of thousands of displaced Nepali people, the monsoons started and relief and rebuilding had to be temporarily put on hold.  Nearly 9,000 people […]

Nigeria: No Polio, 1 Year

[Rotary International President Ravindran in video, below] K.R. Ravindran President, 2015-16 T +1.847.866.3235 F +1.847.866.3390 Dear Fellow Rotarians,  We’re delighted to report that today Nigeria has passed one year with no new cases of the wild poliovirus. This is the longest the country has ever gone without a case of polio and a critical […]

Rotary Releases $35.9M To Fight Polio in Africa and Asia

EVANSTON, Ill., USA (18 February 2014) — The continued fight to eliminate polio gets an additional $36 million boost from Rotary in support of polio immunization activities and research to be carried out by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, which aims to end the disabling viral disease worldwide by 2018. The funding commitment comes at […]

U.S. commits $205 million to polio eradication

President Barack Obama signed an omnibus appropriations bill in January that provides $205 million to support polio eradication in 2014, through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U. S. Agency for International Development. The largest government donor to polio eradication, the U.S. has contributed more than $2.3 billion since the mid-1980s, when […]

New Large Global Grant Funded – $1,140,000

The Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island has been helping impoverished villages in northern Uganda obtain clean water sources for villages since 2002.  At that time Rotarians learned of the unmet needs in many areas of Northern Uganda.  Since 2002 the club has assisted 131 villages to form a water committee, collect a few pennies from […]

Rotary Helps Close Out The Year With Gains Against Polio

When Julia Yank and a team of Rotary members and health workers entered Kaduna, Nigeria, to immunize children against polio they expected to encounter some tough situations. They found one in a mother of three who stubbornly refused to have her children vaccinated. “She argued with us for over 15 minutes,” says Yank, a member […]

Bainbridge Island Rotary Club participates in Alternative Gift Project

Looking for a last minute gift? For several years Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church of Bainbridge Island, WA created an alternative gift catalog to provide its members and community friends with alternative means to gift giving by giving donations as holiday gifts. You can give to the Bainbridge Island Rotary Clean Drinking Water Program. Here is […]

Engineering Sustainable Water Solutions in Latin America

High school students from the Builders Beyond Borders program help install pipes that will carry water to the mountain town. Photo by Tony Riggio Perched in the rugged mountains of central Ecuador, the village of Tingo Pucará seems an unlikely place for artistic inspiration to strike. But Tony Riggio never leaves his camera behind—and his […]

Rotary Approves $500,000 Emergency Grant for Somalia

Rotary has approved a $500,000 Rapid Response grant to the World Health Organization (WHO) to address a recent polio outbreak in Somalia. The outbreak occurred in the Banadir region of Somalia, where a large number of children had not been vaccinated against polio due to inaccessibility. As of 14 August, 110 cases of wild poliovirus […]

9th Annual West Africa Project Fair Invitation

Rotarians are invited to attend the 9th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project. Trip Dates:                         October 15 – 24, 2013 Travel to:                            Lomé, Togo, West Africa Per Person Price:              $1,689 double occupancy Program includes:    Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary […]

Gates Foundation Teams With Rotary To Boost Polio Endgame

By Dan Nixon and Arnold R. Grahl Rotary News — 25 June 2013 An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication. “Going forward, the Gates Foundation will […]

Polio Plus

Fulfilling our promise to eradicate polio. In 1985, Rotary launched PolioPlus, one of the most ambitious humanitarian programs ever undertaken by a private-sector organization. PolioPlus was the catalyst for the World Health Assembly’s resolution in 1988 to eradicate polio. Today, thanks to Rotary’s US$500 million commitment and its leadership in mobilizing volunteers, the world is […]