International Service

The Mission of the International Service Committee is to do sustainable projects in other countries where there is a critical need to improve the health and education of children, provide clean drinking water, provide facilities for the sanitary disposal of human waste and provide opportunities for economic development.

Recent Projects

Etta Projects

Working with Tacoma based Etta Projects, our club donated $5,000 as a portion of a larger Rotary Global Grant to install dry-ecological composting latrines and water containment systems, replacing shallow pit latrines and open defecation. Program goals include improving hygiene habits involving excreta disposal through latrine, hand-washing, and safe water practices reducing water-related illnesses.
We are currently the lead club on a Rotary Global Grant request to provide Health Promoter training in Rural Bolivia.

Side by Side

Because of the lockdown in South Africa due to the pandemic, Side by Side South Africa pivoted from their child feeding programs to Emergency Family Feeding Programs. The ISC supported two of the many food distributions they accomplished, working with seven Emfuleni Local Municipality churches. The population is approximately one-million people, of which 60% of the residents are indigent, living below the poverty line. Since the national lock down under COVID-19, there are thousands of people who remain locked down, unemployed and struggling to survive. Many depend on government social grants; but these are totally inadequate. Most of these individuals also depend on local churches for help. These churches were unable to cope to the numbers of needy individuals and are extremely grateful for the help provided by Rotary and Side by Side South Africa.

Days for Girls

Feluine Douf and her husband run a girls school in St Louis, Senegal. She has been working with Days for Girls to help keep girls in the classroom. For 10 days DFG trained 5 girls on how to make and provide training on the use of reusable hygiene kits. They make 120 kits per month and help girls in 30 different schools. The girls who lead the program are now making a living & supporting their families by making kits. Feluine expressed her appreciation to Rotary for providing funding to help girls stay in school. Due to the outcry for masks because of COVID-19, DFG International has made and delivered over one million masks. The Senegal enterprise made 40,000 and the Poulsbo Chapter 1,000. 

Apply for a grant

Poulsbo Rotary’s ISC has an annual budget of about $25,000 to support projects supporting the club’s goals and Rotary International’s areas of focus. The club’s contribution can be awarded alone or augmented through donor directed funds, Rotary District funds, and matching funds from Rotary International’s World Fund through the Global Grant process. To submit a project funding proposal, please download a grant application and application cover letter using the links below.

Past Projects Highlights

Our committee is engaged in a variety of projects supporting organizations besides those highlighted above.

  • Common Threads project – a path to recovery for victims of sexual violence. We have provided support for clubs in Seattle but want to bring to Poulsbo
  • Vision screening in Peru with Children of the Nations
  • Komedyplast – international organization for care of children with congenital anomalies
  • Djibouti Rotary – community sun oven (solar cooking) project
  • Tanzania – Savings Groups for those who don’t have access to banking
  • Coffee enhancement program – improve farming practices in Tanzania
  • School Supplies and books for children in Burkina Faso with Walk in the Light International
  • Shelterbox isolation tents for Syrian refugee displacement camp
  • Food aid to Mayan Villagers in Guatemala. Emergency food bags for 12 villages in Guatemala through Disaster Aid Canada