International service is a cornerstone of Rotary.
Annually, many Rotarians travel abroad to help with international development projects, building a Kenyan water well, creating an Ecuadorian microfinance program, or delivering polio vaccines in India. The following are just a few of the many programs we support:
- Water & Sanitation Projects: A member of The Rotary Club of San Francisco, and Professor of Civil Engineering designed a water system for the barren landscape that is Remba Island, on Lake Victoria, Kenya.
- Cataract Surgeries: Rotavision physicians and volunteers have now completed more than 50 missions, trained several hundred ophthalmologists in countries visited, and examined and treated more than 1,800 children and adults.
- Cleft Lip and Palate: This program provides reconstructive surgeries for children with Cleft Lip and Palate worldwide. Members of the San Francisco Rotary started both Rotaplast and Alliance for Smiles.
- Scholarships: Rotary International is the world’s largest privately funded scholarship organization.