Lake Oswego Rotary participates in many international projects both
directly and as a co-sponsor of other District 5100 club projects.
The World Community Service committee of Lake Oswego Rotary seeks to
promote projects with a strong educational element. The current
projects in which Lake Oswego Rotary is involved are:
Ward, Tanzania - Lake Oswego Rotary in cooperation with
Iringa Rotary has recently received
funding for a comprehensive, $288,500 multi-year program to assist orphaned and
vulnerable children in the ward of Masoko in southwest Tanzania with the
aid of a West Linn, Oregon based non-governmental organization,
Africa Bridge. The project uses agricultural and animal
micro-loans to augment incomes of families who take in orphaned and
vulnerable children. In addition the project will provide
scholarships of uniforms, shoes, exercise books and writing implements
to school aged children along with 900 school desks and train select
students to be peer educators for HIV/AIDS information.
Children of the
Golden Triangle - In September 2006 Rotary District 5100
sponsored a district wide Partners in Service fair to introduce Rotary
clubs in its district to projects and organizations with which District
5100 was currently or previously involved.
The speakers presenting
at the fair also traveled to clubs throughout the district to present
their programs. It was through this process that Lake Oswego
Rotary became familiar with an organization in Thailand entitled
"Children of the Golden Triangle". The organization provides safe
shelter for children of the Akha tribes from the mountainous region of
the southeast Asian peninsula.
Here is Past-President Sharon Starr surrounded by her new best friends Weemon, Mio and
Jareeya as Lynne Wintermute looks on approvingly.
Lake Oswego Rotary, in cooperation with other clubs in District 5100, is
preparing a grant request to provide a water system to Sikom village for
a new primary school. Rotarians Sharon Starr (Past-President) and
David Bussman along with Rotarians from other Portland area clubs
traveled to Thailand in May 2008 to better understand the needs of
Children of the Golden Triangle.
Hogar San Pablo -
To date this had been a program to supply clothing and books to boys in an
orphanage in Mazatlan, Mexico. Rotarians traveled to Mazatlan in
February 2004 with supplies and brought back memories and photos. Pictured
here are Father Tovar who founded the facility and some visitors with
children from the orphanage.
||Visitors and Schoolboys
Secondary Education Scholarships - For several years Lake
Oswego Rotary in conjunction with the Downtown Portland Rotary Club and
the Rotary Club of Coatepeque have provided funding for scholarships to
sixth through ninth grade students in the village of San Rafael Pacaya