Service of the
Rotary Club of Gravenhurst
International Service encompasses efforts to expand Rotary’s humanitarian reach around the world and to promote world understanding and peace. The Rotary Club of Gravenhurst undertakes this responsibility by implementing World Community Service (WCS) projects, as well as other one-time or multi-year commitments and projects.
WCS projects are an initiative where our club collaborates with a Rotary club in another country to deliver the project. Our club has distributed bikes in Cambodia, supplied a solar oven to Nigeria, helped build a new school in Cambodia, sent bed kits to homeless children in India, supplied mosquito nets in Malaria-stricken areas and so on. Other projects include disaster relief assistance and the ongoing Polio Plus program where Rotary Clubs from around the world have collaborated with the World Health Organization to permanently eradicate polio.
One of the largest international projects that the Gravenhurst club has ever undertaken is the creation of our own international program called Rotary Wheels for Learning (RWFL). This program provides bikes for children in rural Cambodia who would otherwise walk an hour or more each way to school every day, causing many to drop out at an young age. Bikes keep them in school and provide a mode of transport for other activities. Through this program thousands of bikes have been distributed in Cambodia and Laos, as well as the distribution of dental hygiene products, mosquito nets and rice. This year over 20 volunteers are assisting our coordinator, Lisa McCoy in Cambodia with this wonderful project.
The club also sponsors a Foster Child in Ecuador, assists teachers in Afghanistan, is part of a multi-club team to bring clean water to a village El Salvadore and is sponsoring a girl to attend school in Africa.