San Marino’s International Projects
2021- Beds for Maternity Ward in Kabaale, Uganda
Buseesa Community Development Centre was founded in 2009 to start a microcredit program in Uganda. The organization has since expanded into education and healthcare. Since 2014, the school has grown from its initial two-classroom block with students in first and second grades to having 10 classrooms with 333 students. The health clinic serves over 3,000 patients with 169 babies delivered during the past 2 years. The clinic currently does not have sufficient space to meet the demand for childbirth, and hence the need to build a new maternity ward.
San Marino Rotary will provide 11 metallic beds with mattresses and install two 5,000 liter water tanks for water harvesting, solar panels to generate electricity and copper lightning arrester on top of the new 5 room maternity ward.
2020 - Equipment for Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima Province in Thailand
The Thailand Hospital Equipment project provides patient monitors, infusion pumps and pulse oximeter to a 60-bed hospital that serves about 68,000 people in South Eastern Thailand. Soeng Sang Hospital has adequate infrastructure funded by the government and qualified staff, but it lacks funds to buy and replace old and obsolete medical equipment. The lack of proper equipment not only impacts the quality of treatment, but places an unacceptable strain on human resources in a time when the patient population is rising. This is a Rotary Global Grant project with the involvement of the Rotary Club of Patumwan in Thailand and E-Club of 9920 Francophone.
April, 2021 Pictures
2020 – Ambulance for Clinic and School in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Cambodia ambulance project addresses a serious medical transportation problem for five villages between 20 km and 60 km from the city of Siem Reap that has resulted in a number of totally unnecessary deaths. These villages are the source of students for the NGO called ODA that has previously received San Marino Rotary funds for the Cambodia Coconut Plantation project. ODA has agreed to source the vehicle and make it available to the clinic. This makes it possible for both villagers and students to get timely emergency medical service. A second hand ambulance will be locally sourced to provide safe transportation between the local clinic, RUN TA EK Health Center (that serves the villages), and the provincial clinic in Siem Reap. The maintenance and fueling of the vehicle will be undertaken by the local village clinic.
2020 – School Restoration in Tijuana, Mexico
This project will provide the 200 students at Telesecundaria 17 School located in the Maclovio Rojas district of Tijuana a safer, more humane and dignified place to complete their high school and prepare for higher education. San Marino Rotary is working on this Global Grant project with the Rotary Club of Tijuana Independencia within Rotary’s focus on basic education and literacy. The students currently take their lessons in classrooms with roofs made of corrugated metal sheets and walls that are not insulated, resulting in very high temperatures during the summer months. The school provides a meal program, but the kitchen does not have adequate equipment and the eating area is not protected from wind, dust and air born contaminants. The outdoor facilities are totally inadequate with slopes that may collapse when there is rain, and a physical hazard to the students and teachers. The plan is to modernize the campus by insulating the walls of the classrooms and add air conditioning. The kitchen will have more equipment and facilities, and the dining area walled off from the elements. Retaining walls will be added to secure the external slopes to avoid potential accidents.
2020 – Village Aquaponics in Sen Sok, Cambodia
This project provides additional funds for aquaponics family units in the villages in Sen Sok. Aquaculture allows the waste produced by farmed fish to supply nutrients for plants grown hydroponically, which in turn purify the water. 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 Community First, a non-profit operating in Cambodia.
April 2021, The Cambodia Village Aquaponics project has been completed.
Pictures of the completed project:
2019 - Spanish books for school in Tijuana, Mexico
As part of the San Marino Rotary Readers Program, 200 Spanish books were donated to Avila Camacho Elementary School in Tijuana in June 2019.
2019 – Fish Tanks for Farm School in Sen Sok, Cambodia
This project provided concrete fish tanks and growing systems 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. San Marino Rotary is working once again with Community First, a non-profit operating in Cambodia. This project falls within Rotary’s focus on helping communities develop. See photo below.
2019 - Water tanks and furniture for school in Kabaale, Uganda
The project provides funds to purchase five 5,000 liter water tanks and stands, and install gutters for the classroom nursery block, teachers’ housing block and new staff housing quarters, as well as tables and desks for the dining hall for the school in Kabaale operated by BCDC. This project falls within Rotary’s focus on improving basic education and literacy.
July, 2019 Photos
November, 2020 Photos
2019 – Coconut Plantation project in Siem Reap, Cambodia
The non-profit ODA based in Cambodia operates schools in Cambodia for underprivileged students to attend English and computer classes. Fluent English is the key to employment in and around the booming tourism industry in Siem Reap, and ODA’s schools directly address the need of improving students’ future employment opportunities. A small coconut plantation is planned on available land to generate income for the school. The project involves the cost of pump and pump house, water tank, irrigation pipes, fencing and seed coconuts. Once the water supply and fencing are in place, other gardening and aquaculture projects can be added. This project falls within Rotary’s focus on helping communities develop and improving basic education and literacy.
2019 – 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 40 Rotarians from San Marino and South Pasadena, their family members and friends traveled together on April 13, 2019 to the hamlet of Valle de Las Palmas to build a solid, substantial colorful house 16×20 foot for a needy family with the assistance of the non-profit organization Corazon.
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
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 – 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.
After completing the documentation for the donation, a ceremony took place yesterday, May 15 2019, when we the Agro School received the tractor and other farm elements. Around 300 people attended the meeting held in the island, including Education authorities, islanders, Rotarians from our club and the District, special guests, press coverage on live. The school prepare a show in celebration also for its 20th anniversary and after that we discovered a plaque in testimony of the donation, including the names of all the clubs and districts contributing to the grant. After that we symbolically started up the tractor resulting in the emotion of all the people. Media coverage has been very successful with high penetration in local and regional public according to first measurement.
We accomplished the main milestone. A training for all the school community is planed for coming week by machinery specialists. As part of the training plan, we also will receive the visit of specialists in added value to primary production of vegetables, honey, and land productivity improvement. Since we still have remaining funds, due to discounts obtained from vendors and good administration of peso devaluation, we revisited the scope of elements to be donated up to complete the forecast before year end.
This is a new opportunity to thanks you all and share the emotion from the beneficiaries of this project.
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Thanks and best regards,
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.
2018 - Girl’s Latrine for School in Kabaale, Uganda
2017 – Spanish books for Kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico
2017 – Kitchen Remodel for School in Kabaale, Uganda
2017 - Corazon House Build project in Tecate, Mexico
Building Community Across Borders video by Georg Eittinger
2016 – Water supply for kindergarten in Tijuana, Mexico
2016 - Classroom furniture for school in Kabaale, Uganda
2016 – Aquaponics Farm School in Sen Sok, Cambodia
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 - 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