The Rotary Club of Ankeny is the US host for a Global Grant to build sanitation facilities for Early Childhood Development Centers across the communities surrounding Polokwane, South Africa.  This award was in the amount of $200,000.  This grant was originated through Blessman International.  Approval of this grant was received from Rotary International in October and the funding was completed in early November. The club donated $1,000 and facilitated funding of an additional $118,225 for this grant.  
Approval has now been received from Rotary International of a second grant originated by Blessman International.   This grant is for a total of $100,000 to sew and distribute 10,000 washable, reusable, menstrual health kits for impoverished young women in South Africa.  It will also fund training of 25 women to learn to sew these kits. and then set up their own sewing businesses following completion of the grant.  The Rotary Club of Ankeny has committed $4,000 to this project.