San Marino’s International Projects
Members of the Rotary Club of San Marino work together to make improvements in our community and around the world. San Marino Rotary is actively involved in International Projects, in line with the focus of Rotary International in preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.
2018 - Girl’s Latrine for School in Kabaale, Uganda
Buseesa Community Development Centre was founded in 2009 to start a microcredit program in Uganda. The organization has since expanded into healthcare and education. Since 2014, the school has grown from its initial two-classroom block with students in first and second grade to having 10 classrooms with 256 students, a latrine and a kitchen. As the enrollment has grown and the students become older, the school is in need of a second latrine, which would be exclusively for girls and female teachers, and which also has room for the young girl students to change. San Marino Rotary has provided funds for this project.
2018 – Farm Equipment for Agricultural School in Campana, Argentina
The Agricultural Education Secondary School does not have heavy equipment to till the land and currently only utilizes about 2 acres out of the 20 acres. The project will allow the school to purchase a tractor, disc plows, dredge, weeding machine and other agricultural equipment to grow pecan nut, soybean, corn, fruit trees and vegetables. The students are also taught bee keeping for honey and how to raise pigs, chicken and sheep. By increasing the land use and its efficiency, the students will experience practical activities on top of their theoretical learning. The improved education at the school will encourage students to remain on Talavera Island without the need to leave to other cities in Argentina. This project falls within Rotary’s focus on improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.
2018 – Spanish books for school in Tijuana, Mexico
The San Marino Rotary Readers Program was started in 2000 to help students who have less opportunity to read because of a lack of books. About 36,000 books have so far been distributed to 41 schools in the West San Gabriel Valley. This program was extended to the kindergarten Jardín de Niños Raúl Anguiano in Tijuana 2017. A delivery of 228 Spanish and bilingual books were given to Angela Peralta Elementary School in Tijuana in May 2018.
2018 - Corazon House Build in Tecate, Mexico
2018 – Corazon House Build in Tecate, Mexico
In the marginalized communities in Tecate, Mexico, many families live in shacks and improvised shelters, often with no paved flooring. About 50 Rotarians from San Marino and South Pasadena, their family members and friends traveled together on April 28, 2018 to build a solid, substantial house 16×20 foot for a needy family with the assistance of the non-profit organization Corazon.
2018 - Soccer Field Project in Tijuana, Mexico
This project will not only provide the 900 students at Angela Peralta Elementary School located in a marginalized part of Tijuana the opportunity to the use of an improved sports field, but also the 1,500 families living in the area to a healthy coexistence through sports and community activities. San Marino Rotary is working on this Global Grant project with the Rotary Club of Tijuana Independencia.
The school does not have modern infrastructure commonly found in many other areas in Tijuana. There is an open field that the students and the population in the surrounding area use as a sports field. The field is of pure dirt and does not have any toilets or sanitary installations. During the weekends, the field is used for different sport events, such as their inter-colonial soccer championships. By allowing the general population to use the sports field, there will be little vandalism as the neighbors and inhabitants in general will take care of the appearance and the integrity of the school. The project will promote healthy coexistence among the inhabitants of the area through sports and community activities and achieve an atmosphere of peace and cordiality between the neighbors of the low income suburbs.
The project to be carried out during 2018/9 consists of providing a sports field including an athletic track with an adequate drainage system to maintain the play area to be dry and mud-free during the raining season, and adding bathrooms and a small store to generate income for the maintenance of the field. The soccer field will be installed with artificial grass and bleachers. The number of direct and indirect beneficiaries is estimated to be between 5,000 and 6,000.
2017 – Kitchen Remodel for School in Kabaale, Uganda
2017 - Corazon House Build project in Tecate, Mexico
In the marginalized communities in Tecate, Mexico, many families live in shacks and improvised shelters, often with no paved flooring. Rotarians from San Marino and South Pasadena, their family members and friends will work worked together on April 8, 2017 to build a solid, substantial house 16×20 foot with a bathroom for a needy family with the assistance of the non-profit organization Corazon.
Building Community Across Borders video by Georg Eittinger
2017 – Spanish books for Kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico
The San Marino Rotary Readers Program was started in 2000 to help students who have less opportunity to read because of a lack of books. About 36,000 book have so far been distributed to 41 schools in the West San Gabriel Valley. This program has been extended to Tijuana, Mexico with the donation of 80 Spanish books to Jardín de Niños Raúl Anguiano.
2016 – Early detection and treatment of women’s cancers in Tijuana, Mexico
San Marino Rotary is working with the Rotary Club of Tijuana Oeste on a Rotary Global Grant project to make available medical equipment and supplies to the ProSalud clinics to be used for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cervical-uterine and breast cancer for women without medical social security services. ProSalud operates five clinics in various Tijuana neighborhoods providing general health care, prenatal education and care, gynecological services, testing for sexually transmitted infections, serving over 8,000 clients each year. The mobile clinic provides medical and educational services with an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health in the marginalized sectors of the city that lack accessible medical services, as well as in Tecate, Ensenada and Rosarito.
December, 2016 Trip to ProSalud Clinics
2016 – Aquaponics Farm School in Sen Sok, Cambodia
This project provided equipment to a farm school in the Sen Sok Community in Cambodia to teach aquaponics, a system of aquaculture in which the waste produced by farmed fish supplies nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. Funding was also available for pilot systems for 3 family farms. The development of aquaponic farms will enable the 12 villages in the Sen Sok Community of about 13,000 people to raise fish and vegetables in clean water, and improve their livelihood. Once trained, the farmers will be able to install a family aquaponics unit at their home. The fish and produce may be consumed by the family and/or sold in the market to generate additional income. San Marino Rotary is working on this project with Pasadena Rotary, private donors and Community First, a non-profit operating in Cambodia.
2016 – Water supply for kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico
This is the second project involving Raul Anguiano Kindergarten, which is located on a small hill in the Ejido Lazaro Cardenas district in Tijuana. As the school is not connected to the city water mains, water has to be brought in weekly by truck and stored in a small water tank. The water is not potable and only enough to serve the boy’s and girl’s bathrooms. San Marino Rotary worked with the Rotary Club of Tijuana-Independencia on a Rotary Global Grant project with matching funds from the Rotary Districts as well as the Rotary Foundation to install a large water tank for general sanitation and irrigation and a smaller tank with a reverse osmosis filtration system for drinking water. An irrigation drip system was installed, and the school has started a gardening program to encourage the children to grow plants and vegetables. The overall sanitation and hygiene of the school has been much improved. San Marino Rotarians visited the kindergarten to work on the irrigation system on September 28, 2016 and on Jan. 23, 2018 upon completion of the project. See photos below
2016 - Superbuild project in Tecate, Mexico
San Marino Rotary made a contribution to purchase building materials for the Rotary District 5300 SuperBuild program in conjunction with Corazon in Tecate, Mexico. Four homes were built on April 30 for needy families with the help of Rotarians and friends. See Video
2016 - Classroom furniture for school in Kabaale, Uganda
2015 - Facilities improvement of kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico
2015 Defibrillators for El Salvador
2015 - Drinking Water Wells for Burkina Faso, Africa
2015 - Desks, Water Tanks and Latrine for Kabaale, Uganda
BCDC was founded in 2009 to start a microcredit program in Uganda. During 2014, its microcredit services reached an additional 375 new families, so that in 2015 it is servicing 860 households in 21 villages. A team of 10 medical professionals from USA, with the help of Ugandan health workers, was able to treat and test 1,340 individuals in 2014. An elementary school for grades kindergarten to third grades opened in January 2015 to educate 120 children, who previously never attended school or attended one under a tree. San Marino Rotary provided funds to purchase the classroom desks, 3 water tanks and the materials to build a latrine.
2015 - Ophthalmic Van for Kohlapur, India
2014 - Water and Sanitation Project for Chandigarh, India
There is a lack of toilets in rural schools in India, and often the available toilet has to be shared by boys and girls. The project will build separate toilet blocks for boys & girls and proper sanitation conditions, which will ensure improved attendance, sound health, cleanliness of school complex and overall performance of students. The toilets at nine locations will benefit about 5,000 students each year.
2013 - Heart Surgery Project in Chandigarh, India
2012 - Dermatome and Air Conditioning for Burns Ward in Ludhiana, India
2011 and 2012 - Soccer League for Children in Rosarito, Mexico