The collaboration between the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks and the Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan over the past 14 years has resulted in millions of Global Grant dollars given to support many of Rotary’s Areas of Focus.

The most recent partnership involving the two clubs not only involved Thousand Oaks but many other clubs throughout District 5240.  When the stories of Covid hitting India so hard and people having limited access to life saving oxygen emerged, our clubs (with the support of PDG Deb Linden) jumped at the opportunity to create a Global Grant to provide funding for oxygen generation systems to be used by two hospitals in Calcutta, India.

The Global Grant (GG#2126746) provided funding for MOSS (Medical Oxygen Supply System) equipment which extracts oxygen from the air by a PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) technique.  The oxygen supply is 24/7 and does not need any other raw material for oxygen generation.  The oxygen produced by these machines is 90% pure and of medical grade.

The Global Grant also provided funding for three ventilators.  The oxygen generation systems serve 1,200 patients per month and the ventilators serve 125 patients per month.  The grant also provides funding for graduate scholarships for career-minded professionals related to disease prevention and treatment.

The total project budget funded by the Global Grant was $138,000, with clubs and individuals from District 5240 providing over $46,000 of the funding.  Clubs or club foundations who contributed include:  Camarillo, Cambria, Cayucos, Goleta Noon, Moorpark, Moorpark Morning, Rotaract Club Conejo Valley, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Sunrise, Santa Maria Breakfast, Santa Ynez Valley, Simi Sunrise, Solvang, Thousand Oaks and Ventura South.