INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

Nyumbani Village

Located outside of the capital of Nairobi, Nyumbani Village is the first sustainable village for AIDS orphans in Kenya. The vibrant community is a model for innovative green technology and building methods. Nyumbani Village is self-sustaining, from crops to farm animals to products.

The Rotary Club of Greater Portage County provide grant funds for construction of an irrigation well to support approximately 3 acres of food forest on the Village property. Food grown at the Village goes to support the 1,000 residents. Produce is also transported to Nairobi for sale in local markets

Four members of RCGPC travelled to the Village to participate in construction of the well.

Maiuni Village, Kenya

The Rotary Club of Greater Portage County provide grant funds for construction of several water collection cisterns in Maiuni Village. The cisterns are utilized to collect and store rainwater from the roofs of homes in the Village during the rainy seasons. The water is used throughout the dry season for cooking and irrigation. Members of RCGPC visited Maiuni Village to observe and assist with the installation of some of the cisterns.

Rusinga Island Farmers Cooperative, Kenya

Rusinga Island, with lies in the eastern part of Lake Victoria and is part of Kenya. It is linked to the mainland by a causeway.

In recent decades, the Island has suffered a population explosion resulting in severe environmental degradation. Traditionally fishermen, the islanders turned to charcoal burning to support themselves as fish stocks started to decline. The result has been severe deforestation, contributing to soil erosion, the creation of gullies and the drying up of the natural springs which used to cover the hill-sides, providing the communities with fresh water.

The Permaculture Institute of Kenya (PRI Kenya) began working with Rusinga Island farmers to teach them sustainable agricultural practices in 2012. This work led to the birth of Rusinga Island Organic Farmers Association (RIOFA) as a group of farmers came together to address the challenges of food security, environmental degradation and lack of sustainable livelihoods.

RCGP has provided grant funds to PRI Kenya to continue farmer education courses for members of RIOFA. Friends of RCGPC have recently traveled to Rusinga Island and returned with gifts of high quality coffee grown by the members of RIOFA.

Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners of the Americas is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington DC. The program has paired US States (and cities within those Stater) with foreign countries in the Americas.

The Wisconsin / Nicaragua Partners (WNP)of the Americas is based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and has been one of the most active members of the National Program. WNP fosters links and the exchange of community development education and goods between cities in Wisconsin and Nicaragua.

RCGPC has supported WPN in small ways throughout the years. In 2016 RCGPC targeted fund-raised monies to purchase a used fire pumper vehicle from a local Township. The pumper has been delivered to the fire brigade in Estelí’, Nicaragua

Dominica is a mountainous Caribbean island nation with natural hot springs and tropical rainforests. Dominica’s capital is the port City of Roseau. RCGPC has a link to Dominica as one of our members is a native of the island.

In September of 2015, Dominica was hit by Tropical Storm Erika which caused extensive damage to the island. In response to damage to local water supplies, the Rotary Club of Dominica initiated purchase and installation of an emergency water supply system for a local high school.

RCGPC donated $5,000 in early September 2017 to expand the project initiated by the Rotary Club of Dominica. Before the final phase of the project was implemented, Dominica was hit by Hurricane Maria which ripped across the island as a Category 5 storm on September 18, 2017 with 160 mph winds. The completion of the emergency water system became a low priority compared to provide more needed services in the wake of Maria. RCGC worked with the District 6220 grant committee to re-allocate the $5,000 grant issued to the Rotary Club of Dominica to be used for Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.