Hospice Treatment Center





History Logs

Project Description

Region: North America

Country: Mexico

Location: San Felipe, Baja Calif.

Total Budget: $91,500

Areas of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment, Maternal and child health

San Felipe, a community in Baja California on the Sea of Cortez, has traditionally provided a livelihood for a majority of its residents with revenue generated from commercial and tourist related sports fishing. Its 22,000 residents have suffered severe economic difficulties since the Mexican government halted all fishing operations as a way of protecting sea life. The population, poor before, are much worse off today.

The Rotary Club of San Felipe, with an earlier Global Grant, established a low or no cost cancer screening and treatment center which now provides approximately 5000 screenings annually. When advanced cancer cases are encountered and no further treatment is beneficial, patients need pain medications to relieve their discomfort. The national medical system in Mexico requires a patient needing pain medication to personally come to a licensed facility once a week for a seven day supply. Relatives or designees are not able to obtain the medication on the patients' behalf. The majority of the community cannot afford to travel 250 miles weekly even if the patients were able to physically withstand the discomfort of the trip. Hence, most terminal cancer patients in San Felipe die painful deaths at home. The hospice this grant will establish will be able to dispense pain medication to terminally ill out patients in San Felipe as well as provide care for those admitted to the hospice.

The present Global Grant will provide funds to rehabilitate and equip a four bed hospice wing in an existing structure attached to the existing cancer screening facility. Staff at the screening facility will manage the hospice. Poor individuals in the community will receive pain medication and a comfortable final site for dignified death.

Escondido Sunrise Rotary Club was granted $10,000 of DDF for an earlier Global Grant project in Kenya. After approval by TRF and funding of the GG by the club, the project was terminated prior to funds being sent to Africa. TRF has transferred the funds orignially designated for the African project to this GG. Now, the club seeks to have the DDF awarded by District 5340 also transferred to this project.

The Tempe South RC, # 1282 in D-5495 as well as the San Felipe RC. # 61853 in D-4100 and their respective Districts are also participating in the funding of this GG. With DDF from 5340 and the funds contributed by the other clubs and Districts, this project should be fully funded.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4100

Rotary Club of: San Felipe

Primary Contact: Erich Zorr

Email: ezcpa10@yahoo.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5340

Rotary Club of: Escondido Sunrise

Primary Contact: Mike Dunlap

Email: mike@dunlapcpa.net

Project Status

This project is "Approved". This means the application has been approved by The Rotary Foundation, and the project is ready for implementation.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #1867919.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





San Felipe (4100)





Escondido Sunrise (5340)





Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise (5160)





Tempe South (5495)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Pledge of $11,500 with $10,000 DDF by Mike Dunlap of the Rotary Club of Escondido Sunrise, District 5340.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Pledge of $5,160 by Mike Dunlap of the Rotary Club of Clayton Valley/Concord Sunrise, District 5160.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Pledge of $5,495 by Mike Dunlap of the Rotary Club of Tempe South, District 5495.


by Janice Kurth

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Mike Dunlap

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.


by Mike Dunlap

System Entry: Application approved by The Rotary Foundation.

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