International Service encompasses actions taken to expand Rotary's humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace.
Since 2015 a delegation from the Rotary Club of Nevada City has traveled to Baja, Mexico to partner with Los Barriles Cabo Este Rotary Club. One year our focus was on the small communities around Los Barriles, where young elementary and high school students live in albergues, or dormitories, during the week.Their homes are too far from school for a daily commute over the dusty roads that crisscross the area. While the children were home for the weekend, the two Clubs worked together to scrub, scrape, and repaint the boy's dorm at La Ribera Albergue. Bright, fresh colors were chosen by the students for their weekday home. Once the paint had dried and the rooms detailed, the Clubs hung matching curtains throughout. Years before the Club had sponsored a local Rotary Club of San Jose Los Cabos, Mexico south of Los Barriless. We provided wheelchairs and other medical assistance and are happy to have renewed our partnership with Baja.
In subsequent years we have shifted focus to host medical screenings with the East Cape Medical Clinic. In 2019 and again in 2020 Nevada Rotary has teamed with the Rotary Club of Los Barriles Cabo Este and other visiting Rotarians to provide vision testing and fitted eye glasses along with wellness testing of students and adults.
In 2015, Nevada City Rotary hosted an Open World delegation of entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan. From this delegation, grew a Twin Club partnership with the Rotary Club of Astana and a very special friendship exchange when Carolyn Feuille, International Service Chair visted Kazakhstan and Club President Lyassat visited Nevada City Rotary.
Rotary's International Polio Plus campaign is committed to the eradication of polio which now only endemic in 3 countries.
One of the best examples of this is the "On To Uganda" project. Inside of a 23,000-pound shipping container, Rotarians built a complete x-ray lab and dental suite. To maximize the shipment, the container was fully loaded with two generators, 120 bags of clothing, and 40 bags of towels and bedding. The $100,000 worth of equipment and supplies took approximately two months to travel from Nevada City around the world to the Bwindi Medical Centre in Buhoma, Uganda to assist the Batwa Pygmies.