The Rotary Foundation
Shelton Skookum Rotary supports international projects in three main ways.  
 
The club, along with individual members, supports The Rotary Foundation.  This is a foundation that supports projects all over the world in the areas of preventing disease, providing clean water, supporting education, growing local economies, saving mothers and children, and promoting peace.  In 2018 the foundation donated over $86million funding 1,306 grants.  One of the biggest efforts has been to eradicate polio worldwide. Since 1979 The Rotary Foundation has donated $1.8 Billion towards ending polio.  Just recently the African continent has been declared polio free.  That leaves only Afghanistan and Pakistan with endemic polio.  However, without a continuing effort, polio could re-spread around the world.  2.5 billion children have been immunized in 122 countries by Rotarians.

One of our club member’s wives belongs to Durban Bay Rotary Club in Durban, South Africa.  We donate money to that club’s projects which triggers matching monies from our Rotary District and Rotary International through the Rotary Foundation.  Projects we have supported include helping adult literacy and child education of the indigenous people, as well as clean water.
 
Our club and members also support Shelter Box.  Shelter Box is a global organization that partners with Rotary International to provide shelter to people who are impacted by natural disasters as well as conflict.  Last year 145,000 people in 9 countries were helped.  The aid supplied comes in the form of ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits.   The sturdy green ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements and provide people with temporary shelter until they are able to start the process of rebuilding a home.  The ShelterKits contain all of the essential tools people need to start repairing and rebuilding homes right away.
 
The Rotary Foundation