West Africa polio project seeking volunteers

Screen shot 2016-08-12 at 12.28.25 PMAnyone who has wondered about joining in Rotary International’s global effort to eradicate polio beyond simply writing a check may be interested in the 11th annual West Africa Project Fair.

The hands-on polio immunization exercise will take place October 18-26 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Although the African continent is polio free, thanks mainly to RI work, ongoing immunization is necessary to prevent the return of the disease.

 “It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.”

The per-person price of $1,629 includes double occupancy hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, community service field work, fellowship events, and sightseeing. An explanatory brochure and registration information are available by clicking here.

As the event organizers explain it, “The experiences you have stay with you forever. You get up early in the morning, travel with local Rotarians to a village, health clinic or impoverished neighborhood, and for the next few hours, you change. Small children come up to you to say thank you. Mothers and fathers smile at you knowing that you are giving their child a chance for a better life. You meet with the leaders in the village to learn of their needs and their hopes. It is hot; it is dusty; it makes you uncomfortable; it is exquisite.”

The West Africa Project Fair is endorsed by Rotary’s Reach in Africa Committee (ROTA), which works to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians.


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