Rotarians connect with partners to build healthy, sustainable communities to help people around the globe realize their dreams and enhance their quality of life.

Polio Plus

Polio Plus, Rotary International’s signature program, was established in 1985 and has been dedicated to eradicating polio around the world. More than one million Rotarians have volunteered time and personal resources to protect more than 2.5 billion children throughout 122 countries from polio. Recently news from the fight against polio has been mixed.  The good news is that fewer strains of the virus are circulating than ever before and there are only two places, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where polio remains endemic.  However, cases of polio emerged in places where it has not been seen for some time, including the United States.  Our fight to end polio is not over.

Collaborating for Impact in Guatemala

Since 2010, Rotarians have invested over $1 million in community projects in Guatemala.  The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has invested more than $160,000 in this work. Through partnerships with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and Alliance for Smiles, resources from the Rotary Foundation World Fund, Rotary Districts and Clubs in Wisconsin, Guatemala and beyond, almost 20 projects have been completed.  Projects include

  • Pedestrian Bridge Projects  A pedestrian bridge in a Guatemalan community provides residents with a shorter and safer trip to gather resources and to attend work or school.         
  • Medical Missions The Alliance for Smiles, in partnership with Rotary provided free comprehensive treatment to children impacted by cleft lip and palate.
  • School Projects  Community schools make education more accessible for local children.
  • Water System Projects  Water projects bring access to potable water to Guatemalan communities. 
Connecting Globally Newsletter
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