Rotarian Sunny Akuopha with the Rotary Club of Bamako Ouest.

Funds for this grant provided a blood bank cold storage room for storing up to 1,000 pints of blood in Bamako, Mali which is located in Rotary District 9101.  

Each year, the Kingwood Rotary Club holds three to four community blood drives, and with this global grant, the club took the "Gift of Life" to a much larger international level by partnering with the Rotary Club of Bamako Ouest in the landlocked West African country of Mali, one of the poorest nations in the world.

Currently in Mali, 80 percent of maternal deaths could be prevented if women had access to essential maternity and basic health-care services during delivery of their babies. This cold storage room is a life-saving Rotary project to save women that have complications and need blood during and after giving birth. The Rotary Foundation Global Grant provided funding to address this problem.

The Kingwood Rotary Club was the official International Partner on the $39,000 Rotary Foundation Global Grant and contributed $1,000; the Rotary Club of Bamako Quest in Mali was the Host Partner and contributed $2,000.  Together with other partners, a total of $20,750 was contributed, and matching funds received from The Rotary Foundation was $18,500.  Other partners were the Pasadena Rotary Club (Texas) which contributed $2,000, Rotary District 5890 (Greater Houston Area) which contributed $5,750 and Rotary District 9101 (Mali) which contributed $10,000.

Rotarian Sunny Akuopha with the Rotary Club of Bamako Ouest stated, "We send our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Kingwood Rotary Club and your District (5890) for your support in helping us secure the Blood Storage facility that now assures day to day and periodic blood drives".


For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultures, and industries to make a difference in the lives of others, whether here in the USA or in other parts of the world.   With a commitment to creating lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community, and Kingwood Rotary Club should be very proud of this "Gift of Life" project! 


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