Co-chairs: Julie Bank & Helen Baatz
WHO WE ARE - PROMOTING INTERNATIONAL SERVICE PROJECTS THAT POSITIVELY IMPACT THE WORLD
For more than 110 years, Rotary International has bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease. Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.
Through its International Projects Committee (“IPC”) the Rotary Club of Pasadena, California, promotes understanding and peace, sponsors projects in other countries and works with international partners to support projects in their communities. International service volunteers work to expand the Rotarians’ humanitarian work around the world. IPC is provided a budgeted amount each year to be used to help fund its projects. Our committee actively seeks proposed projects from our Club members and other local and international Rotary Clubs supporting projects outside the United States.
BE A PART OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF PASADENA’S INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS COMMITTEE
You can either join the committee or propose a project. Either way, you will be helping to fulfill the stated purpose of Rotary International to provide humanitarian service and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. To explore how to propose an international project, please review our requirements for submissions.
RECENT PROJECTS SUPPORTED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF PASADENA
CENTENNIAL YEAR SUPPORTED PROJECTED - 2019-2020
SUSTAINABLE FARMING (Cambodia)
Over 40% of children in Cambodia have their growth stunted by malnutrition, causing irreparable damage to their cognitive and motor development. Pasadena Rotary Club, Rotary District 5300 and Community First joined forces this year to empower mothers in rural areas to produce bountiful and nutritional harvests all year long.
QUALITY EDUCATION WITH A FOCUS ON PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Rotary Club of Pasadena has partnered with the Kivu Rotary Club, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”), to send five students to the Congo Peace School, a one-of-a-kind primary and secondary school in eastern DRC, a region that has been wracked by violence and insecurity for more than 20 years.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO BUILD A DINING HALL (Uganda)
Rotary Club of Pasadena is providing support to Buseesa Community Development Centre help finance a dining hall for 300 students at the Deirdre Ann Academy (“DAA”), an elementary school in Buseesa. DAA does not have such a structure and children eat wherever they can find a spot to do so, including on the classroom verandas, rocks, and logs, among others, and in the classrooms when it rains.
CHANGING LIVES THROUGH RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY (India)
Each year thousands of children are born with cleft lip and cleft palate anomalies. Rotary Club of Pasadena is teaming up with Rotary Club of Agra Taimahal, other clubs from District 5300, Project Hope and the Welles’ Family Foundation to send a team to Agra, India where there is a significant need related to cleft lip and palate surgeries and burn scars surgical repairs. All treatments are offered free of charge.
PROTECTING AND PRESERVING A VITAL SOURCE OF WATER (Uruguay)
Rotary Club Rivera Fortin (“RCRF”) is in the capital city of Rivera, Uruguay and situated in the northern interior of the country on the border with Brazil. Uruguay has the highest water table on the continent and as such, the abundant streams, rivers and lakes are the source of drinking water for the City's and country's residents. Rotary Club of Pasadena teamed up with RCRF to offer funding to protect this water source through the reduction of pollution and contaminants.
INVESTING IN THE EDUCATION OF GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN TO PROMOTE PEACE AND PROSPERITY (South Sudan)
Rotary Club of Pasadena has donated funds to enable the purchase of equipment and teaching materials, including books, for a science lab located at the Marol Academy, a community school in a rural area of South Sudan. The school is a full-service primary and secondary educational facility, recognized as best in the region based on high scores achieved on end of year exams vetted by external administrators.
PAST INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS - 2016-2019
THE GIFT OF MOBILITY AND FUNCTION (India)
In collaboration with the Sri Gurudeva Charitable Trust, Mediciti Institute of Medical Science, and Bits-Pilani, Hyderabad, Rotary Club of Pasadena supported amputees with innovative 3D printed, lightweight, individually tailored prosthesis. Recent technology has made it possible to provide individuals in need with the opportunity for greater mobility and function so that they may become productive members of their community.
MUCH NEEDED CLEAR WATER AND IMPROVED Shelter (Egypt)
With the Rotary Club of Heliopolis East, in Cairo, Egypt, and Rotary District 2451, Pasadena Rotary Club helped to fund a project that provided running water from a main water network, as well as new roofing for houses in an impoverished village in the Aswan Governate.
FOOD AND NEEDED SUPPLIES FOR ORPHANAGE (Mexico)
Pasadena Rotary Club, together with the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club, supported a project to provide needed supplies and food to children living at the Estado 29 orphanage in the Valle de Guadalupe area of Mexico. Through our efforts to meet the basic needs of these orphans, we offer sustenance, hope and a chance for a better life.
BOOKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES (Bangladesh)
Pasadena Rotary Club teamed up with Speak Up For The Poor in Bangladesh to provide textbooks and school supplies to young girls through their Girls Education Program. As of January 2020, Speak Up sponsors the education of 1,447 girls in 30 villages in the Khulna area of western Bangladesh.
HEALTH SCREENINGS AND MEDICAL CARE FOR REFUGEES (Uganda)
Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda is the oldest refugee settlement in the world. Founded in 1958, it is home to almost 200,000 refugees primarily from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, and Somalia. Pasadena Rotary Club, in collaboration with Nakivale Rotaract Club and Alight, formerly the American Refugee Committee, funded medical screening to address the increasing risks presented by non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.
HEART SURGERIES FOR INFANTS AND Children (India)
Through Rotary International’s Global Grant Program, Pasadena Rotary Club teamed up with sister club Rotary Club of Madras South in Chennai, India to fund surgeries to repair damaged hearts of children who cannot afford the immediate medical care they so desperately need.
According to the recent statistics, in India every hour about 20 children are born with heart defects and about 5% of those children die within a month due to lack of proper treatment. In 2017, Rotary Club of Pasadena put together a program called “Caring Little Hearts” and together with other supporters were able to support the first 225 heart surgeries. In 2019, Pasadena Rotary and Madras South Rotary Club obtained another grant to help fund 200 or more surgeries.
DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS (The Bahamas)
On September 1, 2019, Hurricane Dorian, the strongest hurricane on record to have hit the Bahamas — and one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record, caused extensive flooding that damaged homes and infrastructure on the northwest islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, as well as widespread power outages.Pasadena Rotary donated funds to the Rotary District 7020 Hurricane Dorian Recovery Fund.