We are proud to partner with Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife, a nonprofit run by two of our club members in partnership with the Network for Eco-Farming in Africa to serve four rural communities that struggle with access to basic resources and services. Gwen Meyer, John Neumeister, Samuel Muhunyu, their team and their donors are dedicated to to activities focused on education, food and nutrition, income generation for poverty alleviation, health and hygiene and clean water.
“We partner with local leaders and community members because we believe that this collaboration is the most sustainable approach to development and social transformation, resulting in empowered communities and local ownership of processes and outcomes.”
More than thirty years ago a Rotarian took a wrong turn looking for a volcano. Ted Rose was looking to hike the Volcán de Fuego but instead found the small village of Cofradía de Suchitlan. He asked what many Rotarians have asked all over the world, Why aren’t the children in school? That question led to annual trips which led him and his wife Susan Hill to move and eventually start Project Amigo. With the dedication of the Rotary Club of Novato, California, Project Amigo is now a comprehensive scholarship program that supports rural scholars in this community. Licensed as a 501c3 in the US and a nonprofit in Canada, Project Amigo is supported by hundreds of Rotarians and non-Rotarians, as well as dozens of Rotary clubs across all of North America.
Ted and Susan are now retired, and Project Amigo is led by a talented, dynamic group of over 20 staff members. The program continues to grow and evolve. In 2016, an Education Center opened in Queseria to better serve the young people who live in the migrant camp. In total, more than 1,400 students have finished high school. More than 60 students have graduated from university and 95% are employed. Graduates have gone on to work as teachers, lawyers, doctors, nurses and civil servants among other professions.
We couldn’t be happier to partner with so many other Rotary clubs, including our friends at Southtowne Rotary, (pictured below).