The D5000 International Service Team, under the leadership of Murray Visser, works with our clubs to develop international projects and design global grants of higher quality and greater scale by leveraging local Rotarian expertise, establishing connections between clubs in the district and a host or international partner, and creating a network of local experts to help with project planning and the grant process. International Service fulfills Rotary's mission of "advancing international understanding, goodwill and peace" throughout the world through the delivery of projects and programs in one of seven focus areas: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, Economic and Community Development and the Environment.
If you want to write a Global Grant (GG), go to the D5000 website at Foundation & Grants/Global Grant Info.   There is a lot of useful information there.  The deadline is 1 November, but please do not submit the application.   If you need advice with this process, just contact members of the District International Service Team.    Each member has his/her own specialty on the Team, and they have a lot of experience with International Service projects.  Their names with POC information are also on the D5000 website at Our Service/International Service.  There are already a lot of GGs in the making for 2020 – 21.
2020-21 Rotary District 5000 Global Grants submitted as of October 2020
District International Service Projects in Nepal sponsored by DG Naomi Masuno and Nepal District 3292 Governor Rajib Pokhrel. Three Global Grants you can support:
• Improving Science Labs for Vocation Training at two schools in Damauli (site of our Chunder WASH project GG1988399, with “hands on” participation by District 5000 Rotarians—“On Tour”
• Global Grant 2117300 Medical Equipment and Telemedicine at Dhading Region Hospital—”on tour”
• Global Grant 1752052 Medical Equipment and Telemedicine at Kumari District Hospital—”on tour for the adventurer” (the International Partner is another District)
• +Possible tour of projects in Bhutan
GG2118290 T.E.A.C.H. Project in Chunder Village School—Teaching equipment, training, classroom renovation. District 5000 and District 3292, with the Rotary Club of Damauli, Budget: $30-40,000 (this grant is scalable), Area of Focus: Basic Literacy. Centerpiece of a District International Service Project in Nepal sponsored by DG Naomi Masuno and Nepal District 3292 Governor Rajib Pokhrel. This project will replicate the T.E.A.C.H program in Panauti District schools (GG1744433). The school is located in a remote district of Nepal. The focus is on lower caste children and seeks to empower them through basic education. The main focus is on training for teachers and providing e-classroom materials and basic projection technology for instruction. Rotarians will also be involved in classroom furniture and teaching materials upgrades. Contact: Arjun Aryal or Mark
GG21117300 Dhading Hospital medical equipment, training, telemedicine unit. District 5000 and Rotary Clubs of Honolulu Sunset and Narayangarh. Budget: $70-80,000. 45+ Health posts and health centers in remote villages feed into the District Hospital at Dhading. The only hospital in the District designated by Government of Nepal to manage Covid-19. Global Grant will provide Emergency Room and ICU equipment—ventilator, ultrasound, telemedicine unit. Telemedicine Unit will connect Dhading to existing national telemedicine network centered on the National Hospital established by Global Grant 1981077. Contact: Arjun Aryal
GG1752052  Kumari Hospital medical equipment, training, telemedicine unit. Rotary Clubs of Kathmandu Metro and Rotary Club in India. Budget: $180,000. Remote District Hospital in Kumari District. New hospital building but no equipment. Global Grant will provide all standard hospital equipment and Emergency Room and ICU equipment aimed at Covid-19 treatment and quarantine—ventilator, ultrasound, telemedicine unit. Telemedicine Unit will connect Dhading to existing national telemedicine network centered on the National Hospital established by Global Grant 1981077. This grant is no longer sponsored by a District 5000 Club, but Jim Becker (Hilo Kimo) and I are part of the planning team, and Jim is involved in adding the telemedicine unit. Contact: Jim (Kimo) Becker, or Mark Harbison
GG2117555 Medical Equipment, Community Education and Empowerment in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Rotary Clubs of Silom (District 3350) and Honolulu Sunrise. Budget: TBD (project will be scalable). The grant will provide equipment to strengthen the public health infrastructure, including dialysis equipment and, Funding for organizing health promotion programs to engage and empower individuals and rural communities to choose healthy behaviors to keep them healthy, and to encourage lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases and other morbidities. Contact: Dave Mozdren
GG2098529 Bhutan Wilderness Medicine VTT. Rotary Clubs of Thimphu (District 3292) and Honolulu Sunset. Budget: $33,250 (project will be scalable). The University of Utah and Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan (KGUMS) will host trainees from Bhutan who will train Bhutanese trekking guides. The goal will be to enhance the Bhutanese trekking guides’ knowledge of medical issues in the mountains and at high altitude.  We will: Target prevention strategies that the guides can employ to keep themselves and their trekkers safe. Teach strategies to recognize medical problems before they manifest into more serious disorders. Provide both didactic and case-based education to actively manage medical problems using current best-practice instruction. Contact: James Ham at
GG2118178 Tohoku Japan 9/11-3/11 Tsunami and Nuclear Plant Disasters Post-Trauma Mental Health Response VTT. Rotary Clubs of Nara-East (District 2650) and Kihei-Wailea. Budget: $91,180 (this grant is fully funded). Three VTT programs over the year will educate local health and mental health professionals and students on approaches for promoting psychological resilience. The Team will collaborate with them on disseminating these findings into the communities of Fukushima. The Team will also extend these efforts to local high school students. Collaboration with Fukushima Medical University and Nagomi Mental Health Clinic in training trainers to work with community groups in post-trauma treatment and counseling. Collection of “resiliency stories” (oral histories) from tsunami and Fukushima victims. Collection of data for evaluation and monitoring of responses to treatment protocols. Contact: Mark Harbison at
GG (number TBD) Building Livelihood Project in Kusumpur Pahani Slum in New Delhi. Rotary Clubs of Delhi South Metro (District 3011) and Kihei-Wailea. Budget: $200,000. Area of Focus: Economic and Community Development. 
Kusumpur Pahani is the most notorious slum in New Delhi. This project will focus 1. on creating digital community hubs identified as “Single-Window Platforms” where slum dwellers can identify and demand available government and NGO programs and 2. On creating centers of excellent where disparate nonprofit efforts are consolidated into centers where slum dwellers can access services, including vocational training, job counseling, medical advice and delivery, etc. Contact Mark Harbison at 808-283-3785
GG (number TBD) Center for Empowerment of Women and Girls—Alliance Against Abuse and Trafficking in Nigeria. Rotary Clubs of Wuse Central  (District 9125) Nigeria) and Newberry Noon (5100). Budget: $120,000. Area of Focus: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution. The grant focuses on training of a cadre of Nigerian women who will also train a larger group of women in training women and girls in dealing with harassment, abuse, and attempted recruitment by traffickers. On the ground, the project is led by US consultants and Nigerian NGO specialists in this type of training. It replicates a successful grant application for Nepal and is led by Erin Thomas, former Executive Director of the Rotarian Action Group and Rotarian Peace Fellow. This grant is not a District 5000 initiated grant but is part of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace Project Incubator and may be of interest to RAG members or member of the Rotary Action Group Against Slavery in our District since many of our members are interested in combating Trafficking.
Dr. James Ham has a proposal for a GG in Bhutan to acquire COVID-19 test kits.   Also proposed is a GG for High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) equipment used for the treatment of COVID-19 at Patan Hospital in Nepal.   He is looking for two international clubs (in our District) that are willing to sponsor these two projects and to partner up with a host club in Bhutan and in Nepal.
Chair Murray says, “As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities for you to do International Service projects in a number of countries.”  Contact Mark Harbison at 808-283-3785 regarding Global Grants
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10/19, Mon 7pm
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10/21, Wed, 5pm
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10/22, Thur, 5pm
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10/26, Mon 7pm
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10/31, Sat  9-10:30am
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11/2, Mon 7pm
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11/7, Sat 9am
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11/7, Sat 10-11:30am
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11/16, Mon 7pm
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