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International Projects

Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.

Stop Hunger Now created its meal packaging program, in 2005. The program perfected the assembly process that combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 23 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. Each meal costs only 29 cents. The food stores easily, has a shelf-life of two years and transports quickly. Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country.

The packaging operation is mobile enough to go wherever volunteers are located, and can be adapted to accommodate as few as 25 and as many as 500 volunteers at a time. One SHN packaging event can result in the packaging of more than 1,000,000 meals. The use of volunteers for product packaging has resulted in an extremely cost-effective operation while, at the same time, increasing awareness of global hunger and food insecurity issues across the world.

Stop Hunger Now provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school feeding programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics. Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and health care while also receiving much needed nutrition. Stop Hunger Now’s goal is to allocate 80% of its meals to transformational development programs by 2015.

Every year Stop Hunger Now reserves 10% of its projected meals to respond right away to crisis situations including natural disasters, conflict and famine. In addition to providing food for crisis relief, Stop Hunger also works to meet the immediate needs of those suffering from hunger. Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program operates throughout the US and internationally. Morgantown Rotary not only provides money for the project but one time a year in April we help package the meals as well.

Outbound Exchange Students:

Students who apply to Rotary to go abroad to study and learn other cultures, our club is a sponsor but the application process has to go through the District.

 

Inbound Exchange Students

These are students who apply to come to the United States, the Morgantown clubs go together at times to share the responsibility for these students, members of our club or community house them, send them to school and give them every opportunity possible to learn the culture.  If sponsored by our club we give them $75.00 a month living expense, and pay for the school lunches.

International Project- Ophthalmologist

We donate to the Eye Institute of America, under the direction of Dr. Raju.  Physicians from other countries are brought to the United States to learn a procedure that can reverse childhood blindness.  The Physicians can then go back to their country and do this procedure that helps thousands of children each day to see again and in most cases for the first time.

Global Diabetes Project

 

Our club is the host club for a pilot diabetes prevention and education program.  This project provides various interventions including education, lifestyle change counseling, healthy food preparation, and regular monitoring of glucose levels.  Other parties include the WVU School of Public Health, the Ross Foundation, The Eye Foundation of America, the Charleston WV Vandalia Rotary Club, and the Rotary Club of St Thomas II (US Virgin Islands).  Our club contributed $5000 of the $52,000 allocated for this project.  In the future, we will contribute funds to do a global project hosted be the Rotary Club of St Thomas II.

   
   
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