Daryle and I with members of the Chiquimula Rotary Club at the dedication of a newly completed water project.
Worldwide there is an amazing collection of worthwhile projects pursued by the 1.2 million members of Rotary Clubs. Projects focus specifically on supporting education and job training, providing clean water, combating hunger, improving health and sanitation, and eradicating polio.
Knowing that there are groups of people around the world individually and collectively committed to the ideal of “service above self” is in itself incredibly encouraging to me.
So I was excited to receive my first chance to experience first-hand some of the joint projects between a US club and a club in a developing nation on this trip.
Rotary Club Collaboration
The way international service works in Rotary, is that clubs with an excess of resources partner with clubs with an excess of needs. In this way the resources are directed to the actual needs of a community, not those perceived from afar. Both clubs put in time, money and resources and through all phases of the project, there are people nearby invested in and overseeing the project.
A few weeks ago, we were given the rare opportunity to visit projects successfully completed by the Rotary Club of Fort Collins and the Rotary Clubs of Chiquimula and Gualan, Guatemala. We were hosted in the homes of fellow Rotarians and were even able to unexpectedly represent the Rotary Club of Fort Collins at the dedication of a recently completed project.
Ribbon cutting on the most recent water project with the head of the City of Chiquimula
To see more of what we saw and experienced, take a look at the photos below. Watch as a slideshow or click to enlarge to see the description of each photo.