What We Do Internationally
Rotary, partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization and UNICEF has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since 1979. Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children and we are close to totally eradicating this crippling disease. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic.
“Rotarians, banded together around the world, have a key role to make sure
this becomes a disease of the past.“
- Bill and Melinda Gates
After applications are thoroughly reviewed, including Global and District Matching, requests go to the Club and Foundation Boards for approval. Recently two teams, supported by grants and led by Beaverton Rotarians, traveled to rural Uganda. One with dental personnel to treat residents and promote dental hygiene. The other team brought seeds compatible with the land for women farmers and advice on growing techniques for better sustainability.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE
Each year, Beaverton Rotary, working with Rotary District 5100, sponsors a student from the Beaverton School District, matched with available exchange countries, to spend his or her junior year of high school in a foreign country. A student from a foreign country then comes to a Beaverton high school for the year. Former exchange students call it a life-changing experience.