International Projects

Nepal Toilet Project

Continuing Rotary International Matching Grant direction to the Nepal Toilet Project, toward design and installation of toilets to schools in rural remote village locations. Private facilities for young school-age boys and girls, in particular, assisting young girls to continue in their education.

Lake Baikal Trail Project – Russia

Direct support to The Lake Baikal Trail Project in assistance to preserving Lake Baikal and surrounding areas. The particular mission of this project is to promote local sustainable development through low-impact eco-tourism, grounded in building a system of environmentally-friendly trails that are safe and enjoyable for hikers of all ages and levels of experience.

East African Center

Direct support to The East African Center, Kenya, in particular, educational facilities and village sewing project operation. This assistance helps the community achieve empowerment through the increase of literacy for women and children, improving health status, and efforts towards eradicating poverty.


Right now, around 104 million people around the world have been displaced by natural disasters and conflict. ShelterBox is working to change this. Natural disasters and conflicts never take days off, and neither do we. We’re always on the ground, working to help the most vulnerable, no matter how remote. By providing emergency shelter and tools for displaced families, we’re transforming despair into hope. West Seattle Rotary has supported this organization for the last 10 years by annually financially sponsoring their work.

Past International Projects

The ABBA Project

It is often said that it only takes one to initiate a great idea. Bob Roach was our Rotarian who conceived the ABBA Project. It started with a Carl Miller grant and it was designed to send manual typewriters to ABBA Nigeria. The project was started in the Rotary year 1990 – 1991. It did continue for a number of years afterward. The typewriters were carried to Nigeria, additional opportunities were realized and soon we were involved in building and equipping a schoolhouse to house the typewriters and train the students. A water system for the village provided the first running water for the villagers ever. Then came a power supply system to provide the schools with lights. When the project was finally completed, Chief Imo of the village attended our club meeting to bring us current up to date information and to thank the Rotary Club.