International Service

International Service exemplifies the Global Reach of Rotary International in promoting peace & understanding around the world.  Rotary volunteers work to expand the Rotarians humanitarian work around the world.  This important service includes Rotary Club sponsorship of projects in other countries and works with international partners to support projects in their communities.  Thus, the St Simons Club support this service avenue by sponsoring or volunteering on international projects, seeking partners abroad, and more.

International Service also offers Rotarians an opportunity for international fellowship with an important difference– humanitarianism.

There is no one-way to carry out an International Service project. When it comes to implementing a project, creativity and imagination are the keys to success. Projects may be as diverse as the construction of a public restroom facility where none were available prior to building an aquaponics system at a school in the jungles of Guatemala or providing water wells in remote areas of Uganda that serve 15,000 inhabitants.

Rotary International encourages Rotary clubs to develop projects that address priority needs identified by the communities they serve, to help people help themselves, and to ensure projects are environmentally sustainable.

The Rotary Club of St Simons Island has a long record of participation in projects in many areas around the world.  We have served as the International Partner club on Projects in Brazil and Puerto Rico, and we have been generous financial supporters of many more projects in India and elsewhere.  We have also sponsored our own project in Glynn County.

MAP International

To a person who has lost everything, something as simple as a toothbrush or shampoo can mean all the difference in the world.

MAP’s signature Disaster Health Kits (DHKs) support one person living in a shelter for an entire week. MAP DHKs include antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other essential items such as basic first aid supplies to help prevent secondary illnesses and even death.

Most of all, it lets those devastated by a disaster know that others have not forgotten them in the middle of their great loss.

Our club participates in packing these DHK’s on a regular basis.

Habitat Puerto Rico: Sustainable-Agriculture

This Project began with a Global Grant, approved in May of 2019, which by year end will support up to 50 small family farms in Puerto Rico. In February 2020, the project was recommended for a 2-3 year extension, and noted for potential to become a “Rotary Foundation Model Project for Agriculture around the world”. The Project addresses 4 community needs: Economic, Health, Education, & Food Security.

This project is a combined effort of The Rotary Club of San Juan, & District 7000 , PR, & The St Simons Island GA Rotary Club, joined Para
La Naturaleza (PLN)

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Seven Happy Schools Global Grant

A project sponsored by the St. Simons Rotary Club

Polio Plus - Worldwide Rotary effort to eradicate Polio

Our club is an active participant in this worldwide effort.

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Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we’ve reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Rotary members have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the effort.

Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year.