Posted by Matt Risi
Photo: (L-R) Rebecca Williamson, Development Officer for the College of Health and Human Services at SDSU; Dr. Stephanie Brodine, Professor Department Head for the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at SDSU; Old Mission Rotary President, Bob James Jr.; Executive Club Secretary, Stan Vogelsang; and members of the Art Pratt Board of Directors, Judy Copeland and Bob Self.
On October 24, 2017, the Art Pratt Foundation of Old Mission Rotary presented a grant of $5,000 to the VIIDAI Program (Viajes Interinstitucional de Integracion Docente, Asistencial y de Investigacion).  This story is the result of a 15-year ongoing commitment by Old Mission Rotary with the support of District 5340 in supporting VIIDAI, a joint effort of UCSD School of Medicine, SDSU School of Public Health and the UABC Medical School in Tijuana.
Twice a year, 150 facility and students from the three Universities and members of Old Mission Rotary Club spend several days in Colonia Lomas de San Ramon in San Quentin Baja to provide medical, dental and public health services to the native Mexicans who live at the Colonia.  Like many poor areas of Mexico, water, sewage, garbage collection, electricity, and other basic forms of infrastructure are lacking.
Old Mission Rotary has been working to improve the lives of the people of this poor but proud community of Mexican Indians originally from Oaxaca Mexico.  Old Mission Rotary projects include the construction of an industrial kitchen which feeds 350 people daily, the funding of an 1800 square foot permanent outdoor metal shade structure and the paint and equipment required to paint the Salvador Diaz school.  What impressed the Rotarians the most over their many visits was how the entire community turns out to help themselves.  Old Mission Rotary is very proud of the team that has made the long and dusty drive down to San Quentin over the years.