Rotary Ukraine Project RI Grant# GG2001299
If you have ever wanted to experience firsthand an exciting Rotary International Grant project, then this may be the opportunity for you! Pending final approval, we are hoping to travel to Ismail, Ukraine the end of this October!  We will join the Rotary clubs from Barlad, Romania and Bucharest, Romania in meeting our Ismail Rotary hosts in Ukraine.  Then we will outfit local disabled individuals with a personalized wheelchair, up to 400 wheelchairs.
We will be working with eight hospitals in and around Ismail to deliver the wheelchairs.  We plan on having two teams with staggered but overlapping travel dates.  The first team will complete half the distribution, and finish with a few days of touring.  The second team will join team one half way through the distributions, tour with the first group, and then finish the distributions before returning home. We will also interact socially with Rotarians from Romania and Ukraine, including some festive parties of celebration.  Total commitment for either group is nine days.
We request volunteers to round out our teams.  Specifically physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, record keepers, photographers, social networkers, and general laborers who can also handle some light tool adjustments.   As part of this grant, training opportunities from us for in-country hospital staff in offered.  So, those comfortable training are also welcome.  Total cost including flights, lodging, food, and transportation will be less than $1,800/person.
If you are interested in joining our team, or need more information to make a decision, please contact by email Mark Siemonsma  or Steve Sikorski.  Depending on Covid travel restrictions, we hope the first team can depart around October 23, 2021.  Should travel restrictions become a greater issue, we may have to push this trip to 2022.  Please let us know if you remain interested if the trip is delayed. 
As a footnote, a similar grant has been approved for a trip to the Philippines in March 2022. If you are interested in learning more about that project, please contact Mark Siemonsma.