Approval of New Global Grant Projects in Sierra Leone and India

The following two Global Grant projects have recently been approved, led by the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor as the International Partner. As a member of our club, your generous donations are at play in these impactful projects, and every dollar has a huge amount of leverage through matching at the District and International levels.


1. Community Development Project in Sierra Leone

Mary Avrakotos is the Project Director from our club for the $143,030 Community Development Project in Sierra Leone. We are changing lives in a country where the per capita income is $340. Through our support, we are helping Paramount Chief Charles Caulker create a model for economic transformation that will likely be replicated elsewhere in the country.

Having seen the impact first-hand, Mary Avrakotos wants all of you to know how deeply grateful the people of Bumpeh Chiefdom are for this support.We can all be so very proud to be Rotarians. This is grass roots and important work. Read more on this important project here.
  • RCAA’s investment in this Project is $10,000.
  • District 6380 contributed $17,500.
  • The remaining funds came from variety of sources, including the support of 19 clubs, 2 districts, and about 60 individuals, which ultimately got matched by The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

With this grant, we have leveraged $55,610 in World Fund matching support. Our Club’s contribution received 14.3 times leveraging.


2. HPV Vaccination Project in India

Jason Whipple is the Project Director from our club on this Project. The project consists of vaccinating 14 to 19 year old girls in rural India near the city of Pune for a total project cost of $96,000, when approved by TRF. India has 1/4 of all cervical cancer cases worldwide. This project will protect thousands of from cancer who would otherwise have no access to this vaccine. Real lives being saved by Rotarians working together.

  • RCAA’s investment in this Project is $6,500.
  • District 6380 contributed $7,000.
  • The remainder of the funds were contributed by several other Rotary Clubs in our District as well as in India, all of which received matching from TRF.

Our Club’s contribution has been compounded over 14 times.