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Rotary Club of Osterville is serving the world we live in by helping to provide medical care, food and water to those in need, whether it's to improve living conditions or to provide aide in a disaster relief mission. Our club supports many international foundations with money raised through our annual fund-raising events. Some of our club's members are directly involved with the below organizations and travel overseas to assist directly and represent our club.

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Shelter Box

Shelter Box EquipmentProviding Shelter To Victims Of War And Natural Disasters - "A dry shelter, a warm bed, light & heat, clean water, cooking aids, tools, for ten people - in a box, sent to disaster areas around the world, wherever they're needed." St. Pete Sunrise Rotary has contributed relief boxes to the Asian Tsunami Disaster, Beirut, Lebanon, Yogyakarta, Java, Grenada and several areas in the USA.  

What's in a Shelterbox? Shelterboxes are usually packed with one (sometimes two) ten-person tent(s) (200 sq ft). Other items can include insulated sleeping mats and bags, thermal blankets, water purification tablets, water containers/carriers, a trenching shovel, rope, a hachet, a jack-knife, a screwdriver, a hammer, a multi-fueled cook stove, eating utensils and plates, and a childrens' activity kit.

2008 has been a year of milestones for ShelterBox. In November Shelter Box responded to our 75th disaster and delivered aid to our 50th country. American Sponsors funded the 5,000th US ShelterBox. This year, 10,482 boxes have been deployed, helping over 100,000 people affected by these crises.

The Irrawaddy Delta river banks swollen with Monsoon water - Myanmar 08

 Visit Shelter Box and learn how you can help provide shelter to victims of disaster.

Pure Water

Water issues continue to be a major focus area for Rotarians. Rotarians know both the facts and that they can help. Pure Water needs your help to be able to reach more people. Thanks to a partnership between Rotary Clubs and/or Districts, Pure Water has been able to reach more people living without clean, safe drinking water. These projects are managed by Rotarians and directed by Pure Water.

Pure Water for the World (PWW) works in remote regions of developing countries which lack sustainable clean, safe drinking water. We work with local governments and community partners to select, analyze the appropriate technology for the community, and to implement cost effective projects.

Just as Rotarians dared to dream of a polio-free world and had the imagination and courage to make that dream a reality, Rotarians are now dreaming of a world where no child screams in pain due to a stomach cramped with the ravages of waterborne disease - a world where no person dies from drinking contaminated water. Thanks to the leadership of past Rotary presidents Glenn Estess, Sr. and Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, and president-elect Bill Boyd, Rotarians are learning about the devastating state of the drinking water in the developing world and they are taking action.

 Visit Pure Water for the World and learn how you can get involved!


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.

 Visit Wheel Chair Foundation and learn how you can make a difference!