International Service Committee

The International Service Committee is dedicated to researching possible projects for Rotarians to involve themselves with around the world. With that comes researching funding sources and possible collaborations with other Rotary clubs in our district. Funding sources may include Rotary International and Rotary District 6000 Matching Global Grants. Some of the past projects the International Service Committee have supported are:


  • The Rotary Club of Des Moines is partnering with the Rotary Club of Ames who is submitting an application for support of their fifth Global Grant in the last ten years for a sustainable community water project in the villages of Menamu and Vudee in the Same District of Tanzania.

    The mission, and that of the Same Rotary Club, is to improve the lives of the rural communities in their District and to do that one must start with water. The completed projects have provided significant improvement in health in the villages, have allowed children to thrive in school, have increased economic opportunities, and improved peace and harmony in the villages.

     The Rotary Club of Des Moines has been a significant partner with the Rotary Club of Ames and the Rotary Club of Same in supporting each of the four completed projects


  • The Outreach Program worked on Phase Two (see Phase One below) of The Outreach Program Waterpoint Stationary Systems in each of seven schools in Gallapo, Tanzania.  Each Waterpoint Stationary System will cost $5,000 to install and will provide up to 1,500 gallons of water every day for the school children as well as providing an access point for the surrounding community.  The RCDM grant provided funding for one waterpoint station.


  • The Outreach Program began an expansive project to bring clean water to the village of Gallapo, Tanzania. Working with the Rotary Club of Babati, Tanzania, they began a two-phase plan to provide safe water to the community of 19,500 people. With a grant provided by RCDM and other sources of funding, they were able to complete Phase One, which was to repair and update a communal water system, in November of 2021. With the upgrades, the system is capable of providing over 3,000 gallons of clean water a day.


  • Compostable toilet project, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico


  • AHPVEO (Humanitarian Action for Vulnerable People and Orphan Children) in Goma, North Kiva, Democratic Republic of Congo: Basic Education and Literacy
  • Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS), partnering with U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program alumni and TAYAA Vocational Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania: Economic and Community Development
  • Partnered with Rotary Club of Ames, IA and Rotary Club of Same, Tanzania, GG 1863708 Village of Mhezi, Same District, Tanzania: Water and Sanitation (project ongoing since 2014).


  • Self Help International, La Reforma and El Almendro, Nicaragua: Water and Sanitation
  • Solidarity Foundation, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico: Economic and Community Development


  • Hopeful Africa, Kenya: Education and Literacy (project ongoing since 2015)


  • Outreach Inc., WE RISE (Women Engaging Research to Insure a Sustainable Economy, Tanzania; Education and Literacy


  • Rotary Club of Des Moines commemorated it’s 100-year anniversary with a special award to The World Food Prize Foundation

The committee operates with a committee chair, vice chair, and many engaged members. The members are tasked with raising awareness about chosen projects and encouraging member participation throughout the larger Rotary Club of Des Moines.