International Service

Healdsburg Rotary International Service focuses on bridging the international with the local.  Our members are actively involved with hands-on projects as well as raising awareness of the needs of others across the globe.  Click here to review the guidelines for International requests.

Jean Herschede, International Service
For Information, contact her at

Amigos de Guatemala

A partnership of twelve Rotary Clubs provides humanitarian service projects in the Quiche district of Guatemala.  We have a “hands-on” projects each January/February and supports an educational sponsorship program in Zacualpa, Guatemala.  For the 2016 school year, 71 scholarships were awarded to indigenous Mayan middle and high school students who would not have the opportunity for an education.  Over 72% of these students are female when just ten years ago not a single girl finished elementary school.  With a literacy rate of 10% for women and 15% for men having an education means providing for their family while still maintaining their culture.  If you want to learn more about this project and become involved, please contact Jean Herschede at  Many non-Rotarians are active in this project.

Friends of Guiness-Bissau: Silver-Impregnated Ceramic Water Filter Factory

The West African country of Guinea-Bissau is one of the poorest in the world and faces serious drinking water quality challenges.  To address this most basic need, a new nonprofit called Friends of Guinea-Bissau is moving forward with a project that would bring a water-purifying unit into every home in this country of 1.6 million people.  

Friends of Guinea-Bissau (FOG-B) is a newly established non-profit organization with a vision of seeing a ceramic water filter in every home in Guinea-Bissau.  The organization was started in Healdsburg, California by friends with a common interest: to help improve the quality of life for the people of Guinea-Bissau.  After several visits to the country and meetings with many government and non-governmental representatives, the overwhelming need for an effective point-of-use water treatment system was identified as the number one priority.

HVTO, Siem Reap, Cambodia Scholarship Program

This organization has a school where students learn English and computer skills in addition to attending the public elementary and high school. Rotarian Henk Peeters visited the school in March and came away impressed by the dedication of the leadership and the enthusiasm for learning English by the students.

After graduating from high school the students have an opportunity to enter a Work/Study program which is also administered by HTVO. Students work during the day, mostly in tourism oriented businesses, and attend university at night. When they get their degrees after four years they will be well prepared to work in the growing tourism industry in Cambodia.

Most students at the HTVO School come from poor families in the impoverished surrounding villages. Without educational opportunities as offered by HTVO children in these villages will most likely become farmers or laborers, remaining poor. Since most parents cannot afford the tuition at HTVO many scholarships are needed.

Prevention International: No Cervical Cancer (PINCC)

Cervical cancer kills 300,000 women worldwide each year, even though it is completely preventable.

PINCC is a nonprofit, volunteer medical service organization whose mission is to create sustainable programs that prevent cervical cancer by educating and treating women, training medical personnel, and equipping facilities in developing countries.  PINCC is active in East and West Africa, India, Central and South America.

Project Amigo

Project Amigo helps poor children of Colima, Mexico achieve their highest potential by providing programs that motivate them to stay in school; by improving their access to higher education and promoting literacy; and helping with dental care.

The Shoes that Grow

The Shoes that Grow provides expandable shoes that "grow" with the child for up to five years.  Many children around the world go shoeless or wear shoes that do not fit properly resulting in the possibility of suffering from soil-related diseases.


Other Projects:

     Disaster relief in the Philippines
     Disaster relief in Nepal
     Paramedics for Children
     Village Hope Core


Rotary Club of Healdsburg
P.O. Box 671
Healdsburg, CA 95448