Rotary International Club
Rotary International Club
We are lucky and grateful to have a Rotary International Club right here in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. Currently our members number 44, and we benifit richly from a large number of visiting Rotarians… often five or more at each meeting!
We have two or more fundraisers a year to benifit: children’s charities, purchasing Library books, Computers, Scholarship funds, Potable Water, and Self Support Skills. Currently we are working on our largest fundraiser; our Cinco De Mayo event, selling tickets for a dinner, music and silent auction.
17 projects are in the works or have been completed in the last year. Some these include:
Hope House, Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos:
- Donation of $41,578 USD for 15 pasenger van and Carpentry Vocational Training Program
- Partnered with Rotary Club of Langley, BC. Canada, Completed July 24, 2010
Hope House is a residential facility for abandoned, abused or orphaned boys, ages 8-17. The training program, tools and workshop provide these boys with training and opportunities to learn skills to support themselves when they leave the facility. The Van provides transportation to school and medical services.
Schools in the Lakeside Community
- Donation of $24,650 USD to supply five rural schools with libraries.
- Partnered with Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach, FL, USA. Completed April 5, 2011
This Matching Grant Project far exceeded our initial expectations. We originally planned to supply four schools; instead five benefited from it. One daytime public school library was converted into an after-hours public library, and the State of Jalisco donated the constructon to add a second floor to the school and and additional 1,500 books and 3 computers. Now the City is looking to fund a Librarian position!
Tepehua Community Center, Chapala, Jalisco
- Donation $13,321 USD for water and garden projects – Estimated cost for completion is $80,000 USD
- Partnered with Rotary Club of Lincoln, CA USA. Not yet completed
Solar water heaters, storage facilities for the heated water, water filtration equipment and reverse-osmosis water has been provided for the neighborhood community center. The water system needs extensive replacement work; showers, faucets, toilets, etc. which is being provided by volunteers. In addition walls were painted, and we’re building hydoponic vegetable beds for the center, a vegetable garden with drip irrigation, fertilization, fruit trees and outdoor playgound equipment for the children. A family health clinic will open mid-June, and at that time the bathing program will start for families to have hot showers. We have also arranged for free inoculations for the children by DIF.
Fire Equipment, Chapala, Jalisco
- Donation: $12,000 USD for used firetruck and new equipment
- Partnered with Mason-Deerfield Rotary Club, Mason, OH, USA. To be completed
There are estimated 20,000 foreigners living here, and on weekends people visiting the area could fluctuate between 40,000 and 100,000. In addition to the number of people coming in on three state highways, house, warehouse, vehicle fires and spillage of hazardous materials is a concern. In addition to the fire truck coming in, we have provided 30 complete uniforms with: gear, equipment and a Jaws of Life.
Love in Action, Chapala, Jalisco
- Donation $13,959 USD for solar heaters.
- Partnered with Catalina Rotary Club, Tucson, AZ, USA. Not yet completed.
Love in Action is a facility for abused or abandoned children Year-round solar energy can be harnessed to provice heated water for bathing, reducing the cost to the shelter of propane used for heating.
The Rotary International Club Ajijic welcomes you and for more information you may contact:
“The Wright Team”
Toll free: USA/Canada: 1-877/807-4934
Fax: 01 – 376/766-2104