Service-Above-Self Rotarian volunteers to aid indigenous girls with education in Guatemala

Story by Frances Dixon, e-Club State of Jefferson

Ted Rose, member of the eRotary Club of the State of Jefferson, is a past recipient of the prestigious “Service Above Self” award, granted to him for his work in aiding marginalized children in west-central Mexico with schooling. As founder and former executive director of the nonprofit organization, Project Amigo, he focused on providing students with the support they needed to achieve their potential through education.

Currently, he serves as a team member of the Rotary District 5110 Grant Project, “Let’s Leave No Girl Behind.” Inspired to see firsthand how the project was empowering impoverished indigenous Mayan girls to achieve a quality education, he undertook the 2,500-mile rugged overland trip from his home in Colima, Mexico, to Guatemala earlier this year—his car loaded with educational supplies for the students.

“I was really impressed with what I found,” Rose stated. “Our club is partnering with the Oregon nonprofit, ‘Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala.’ They’ve been educating Mayan youth for over a decade at their Mayan Center for Education and Development and really know their stuff. The fact that the organization is run by a Rotarian in District 5110 onsite means a lot.”

Rose has since signed on as a director of Adopt-a-Village and plans to manage a volunteer trip to the site. Helping young marginalized students achieve their potential through education continues to be his calling!