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Days For Girls
Days for Girls is a global movement that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods. By receiving instruction on menstrual health, reproduction system, and hygiene, girls are not only able to stay in school and be active during those days but also understand how to protect themselves against domestic violence and human trafficking.  They develop a positive self-image that empowers them to live with dignity. All the women who sew the kits, who serve as volunteers to distribute kits, and who manage production in their communities are all trained in their work. Over 1.7 million kits have been distributed since 2008.
International Reading Association
“Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. More than 53,000 members strong, the Association supports literacy professionals through a wide range of resources, advocacy efforts, volunteerism, and professional development activities. Our members promote high levels of literacy for all by: improving the quality of reading instruction; disseminating research and information about reading; encouraging the lifetime reading habit.”
Dolly Parton Imagination Library
The Imagination Library, run by singer Dolly Parton, provides preschool children with a free book each month from birth until age five. The program has received support from more than 115 Rotary clubs and has grown from its base in Parton’s home state of Tennessee, USA, to other communities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
LN-4 s a light, durable, functional prosthetic hand that is made available to people in need at no charge. Rotary clubs in northern California provided the initial funding for manufacturing LN-4. Rotarians have delivered thousands of prosthetic hands to people around the globe.
Luke Medical Foundation
Luke Medical Foundation (LMF) has worked with Centro Medico Filadelfia Hospital and Clinics in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico over the past 20 years to stabilize and ensure continued service at this facility to serve the local indigenous population in this area.  LMF also provides charity funding for surgical treatment and scholarships to develop Filadelfia staff.  Rotarians in LMF leadership came to Nevada City 49er Breakfast Rotary Club with an opportunity to have a greater impact through a Global Grant to update and expand equipment for the hospital and dental clinic.  Filadelfia Clinics are an important source of medical service for the large Mixtec community in Tijuana because these people are continuously rejected from other hospitals for not speaking Spanish and are excluded from government health plans.
Open World Program
Rotary clubs in the United States can participate in the Open World program, which is managed and funded by Congress. Open World brings current and future leaders from former Soviet satellite countries to the United States for a short-term, intensive learning program related to their profession or civic work.  Participating Rotary clubs host delegations in one of several specific themes, such as education, democratic governance, business, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership development, and environmental sustainability. Hosting a delegation requires providing homestays and professional meetings, along with cultural and social activities.  Most of the club expenses are reimbursable.  Several clubs in our district have participated, including Elko Sunrise, Nevada City, and Grass Valley clubs. 
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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.”
Shelter Box USA
“We respond instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most.  Each Shelter Box supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.”
Thousand Smiles
“The 1,000 Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on care of the less fortunate children in Mexico who suffer from lack of dental care and from maxillo-facial deformities such as cleft palate.”
Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become better communicators and leaders.  It has teamed up with Rotary International to help increase speaking skills at the club level, and for working on projects. Read more about this collaboration at www.toastmasters.org/Rotary. To learn more about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org
Wheelchair Foundation
“The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Hope, Mobility and Independence.”