Josh the Otter Literacy and Water Safety Project
Beginning in 2010, the Rotary Club of Port St Lucie has supported water safety education using the Josh the Otter program. Beginning with 125 elementary kindergarten students, the program in Port St Lucie has grown to over 800 three, four and five-year-old children reached each year. Following a lively demonstration, each class receives a Josh the Otter book and Music/Teaching CD and a Josh the Baby Otter stuffed animal. Each student receives a Josh the Otter coloring book and sticker to take home. All are treated to visit from a "live" Josh the Otter character (in costume) to interact with. To learn about the origin of this program Click Here.
Eye Care International Project
Each year, Rotarian Dr. William Olivos travels to the mountains of Peru to provide free eye care clinics for those in need. The local optometry students provide the necessary staffing for the clinics where they register patients, sort glasses, and assist the optometrist in diagnosing and fitting glasses. The Rotary Club of Port St Lucie is proud to partner with Dr. Olivos' Olive Tree Foundation for Education in this worthy endeavor. Restoring clear sight to those in need restores their quality of life. And helping young people learn to provide that service gives them a valuable skill and rewarding future in their own homeland.
Rotary International Polio Eradication Program
Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 30 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever. As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We've helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion toward eradicating the disease worldwide.
Today, polio remains endemic only in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. But it’s crucial to continue working to keep other countries polio-free. If all eradication efforts stopped today, within 10 years, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year. Click Here to see our progress.