Who We Help - Internationally
Since its inception in 1987, the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club has donated thousands of dollars and volunteer hours to local and international causes. 
 
Internationally, Sunrise Rotary is well-known for its major long-term commitment to the Kakinada Eye Clinic in India, upgrading their ability to supply eye care to those who cannot afford it. The club has been very active over the years in its support of the North Country Mission of Hope and the Jamaican Mission, and in support of Shelter Box which provides disaster relief around the world. 
 
Below are brief descriptions of the organizations and projects that Sunrise Rotary supported Internationally in 2018-2019.
 
Do you have an idea for an International project that Sunrise Rotary should consider supporting in the future? We would love to hear from you. Contact our club at rotaryclub1982@gmail.com
 
International Projects
For the past 19 years the Peru Community Church Jamaica Mission volunteers have brought assistance to the poor in the central region of this Caribbean island every January.

Roy Jones’ catastrophic fall while picking apples in a Peru, NY orchard was the catalyst for the mission project. In the beginning, the focus was largely on the Jamaican, who was left paraplegic from the fall, but the Mission has since grown into much, much more.  

Harriet Burrell, Co-Coordinator of the Mission was honored by Sunrise Rotary in 2014 with Paul Harris Fellows Award for Service Above Self.

Sunrise Rotary provides financial support for an educational program for early education for children 3-5 years of age. Funds also help the Evon Grant Basic school purchase textbooks and other needs. In addition, Sunrise Rotary donates funds in support of the New Hope Orphanage and for purchasing materials for home shelter.

In addition to financial aid, numerous Sunrise Rotarians have participated in mission trips to Jamaica.

Sunrise Rotary Contacts: Tom Defayette, Kathy Eppler, Victoria Duley

 

February 2019 was the first time in twenty years that the North Country Mission of Hope was not fielding a humanitarian-aid trip to Nicaragua. Even though the Mission has currently suspended trips for local volunteers, the Mission, with the cooperation of its in country sister NGO, continues efforts in Nicaragua with educational sponsorships, building shelters, maintaining a health clinic in country and many more of the projects that have been established over the last 20+ years. 

The Mission of Hope’s assistance is felt around the world – not just in Nicaragua. In 2018 alone, Mission of Hope helped victims suffering from the aftermath of Volcano del Fuego in Guatemala, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Hurricane Michael in Florida. In addition, the Mission of Hope has assisted in providing equipment for a clinic in Africa and is finding ways to provide basic needs for those waiting at the U.S. border with Mexico for refugee status.

Sunrise Rotary’s financial contribution to the Mission of Hope is to assist in their on-going efforts to provide healthcare services and community development for those in need.

Sunrise Rotary Contact: Kathy Eppler

Mission of Hope Website

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and other aid items to families around the world who have lost their homes to disaster or conflict.

In 2018 the Plattsburgh Sunrise Rotary Club embarked on a second fundraiser for ShelterBox that has benefits that reach as far as the remote West Lunga Forest, an African miombo woodland forest preserve in the northwest region of Zambia. But the benefits won't only be felt in Africa, they will also fund another ShelterBox that will eventually be shipped to a disaster zone somewhere in the world to save a family coping with the loss of their home.

 

Club members will sell bottles of African Bronze Honey harvested by farmers in that region of Zambia. A portion of the cost of each bottle is set aside to train and equip more Zambians in how to harvest honey — supporting entrepreneurship and beekeeping in Africa.

 

Sunrise Rotary Contact: Tom Defayette

Shelter Box Website

 
Therapy Dogs International is a volunteer organization dedicated to the regulation, testing, selection and registration of qualified dogs and handlers for the purpose of visitations to hospitals, nursing home, other institutions.
 
In 2019 Sunrise Rotary's financial donation helped with the organization's efforts to produce and distribute training materials.
 
Sunrise Rotary Contact: Victoria Duley
 
World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis (polio).

In honor of World Polio Day, Rotary Clubs of Plattsburgh hosted two Bike-a-Thons in 2018:

 

The first event was held at Plattsburgh State College on Parents Weekend, September 22, 2018 in front of the Angell College Center and was conducted by members of the Rotaract Club of Plattsburgh State.

 

The second event was held at Champlain Centre on October 6, 2019 and was managed by Plattsburgh Noon and Plattsburgh Sunrise Clubs.

 

Thanks to a matching grant from the Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation, the Plattsburgh Rotary groups raised $6,642 for The Rotary Foundation Polio Plus Fund.

 

Sunrise Rotary Contact: Roger Black