Polio Immunization Exercise – October 2-11, 2018

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An upcoming trip to Cotonou, West Africa in October 2018 to participate in a polio immunization exercise, attend the 13th Annual West Africa Project Fair, and engage in a hands-on work project is being planned now! Below is detailed trip information.  Please look at the information as soon as possible as there is  a limited amount of space and this trip  is expected to be filled in the next week or two.

Trip Dates:                           October 02 – 11, 2018
Travel to:                              Cotonou, Benin, West Africa
Per Person Price:                $1,729, double occupancy

Program includes:  Hotel accommodations, transfers, most meals, polio immunization exercise, hands-on community service field work, West Africa Project Fair registration, special Rotary and fellowship events, sightseeing, etc.  For more information, please visit our website:  2018 West Africa Project Fair

In October 2018, North American Rotarians will travel to Cotonou, Benin for a life changing experience.   Have you ever heard a Rotarian speak about their personal experience participating in a polio eradication exercise, a cleft lip/cleft palate mission, or work on a humanitarian grant?  These trips have a profound effect upon the individual.  For those of you who have gone on one of these trips you know, and for those of you who have yet to enjoy this experience, you should.

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 Out to Africa Committee (ROTA), who is trying to generate greater connectivity between the African and North American Rotarians to generate greater support of the projects of Africa.  This committee needs your help, leadership and motivational skills, as Governor, to generate awareness, interest and action to support these projects.  Further, projects fairs are an expanding program, encourage by Rotary and The Rotary Foundation as an extraordinary opportunity for clubs to find viable, qualified humanitarian projects

Let us know if you have any questions.   We hope to hear from you soon.


Jolene R. Bortz

Howard Tours
Rotary Club of Oakland-Uptown
Past President

516 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 834-2260 voice
(510) 834-1019 fax

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