Posted by Sharon Schendel on Sep 24, 2019
With our many international projects, Karin Davies and her International Service Committee have a big job on their hands.  However, all of these projects embody the current year’st: Rotary Connects the World and began with a Rotarian seeing a need, connecting with other Rotarians, and together devising a way to meet that need.
Marty Peters met an incoming District Governor for Russia who was in San Diego for training that planted the seed for District Grant P-3001 that supplies winter coats, shoes and other personal needs to refugees returning to Grozny in Chechnya.  This project now includes seven other clubs. Participation in a Rotary Polio vaccination campaign led Dugan Moore Lamoise to see the needs of students at the village school in Gamru, India, which began District Grant P-2973 that provides funds for a free education and school furniture.    
Janice Kurth met Irene, a young woman from Ghana,  who established a foundation when she was 23 years-old to help local single mothers. Irene used funds from her bead shop to fund the foundation and Janice helper her get a Rotary International scholarship to study journalism in San Diego. Unfortunately, visa problems prevented Irene from carrying out her studies, but this connection was the basis for District Grant P-2951 that helps Irene’s foundation carry out its mission to provide single mothers with support.
Miles Fleming participated in Hope Without Borders to supply backpacks and school uniforms to disadvantaged schoolchildren in Mexico, and from this became involved in Global Grant G-1579 that seeks to provide clean water to residents in Baja, California.  
Through the Project Fair at the 2019 District Conference, Dugan Moore Lamoise began a collaboration with members of the Rotary Club of Tijuana Oeste for the Global Grant G-1928 Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children that brings dental care to children living on the outskirts of Tijuana.
Last, Karin touched on her own project, an extension of Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia (G-815), called Safe Deliveries for Mothers and Children (G-2009) that will provide Gondar Hospital with sterilization equipment that is vital for ensuring safe deliveries and supplies for obstetrical surgeries.