WASRAG _ World Water Day Competition  
World Water Day ( March 22) is approaching quickly. What is your club doing to educate your community on the importance of protecting its water source? You can clean up debris on a waterway, encourage students to write an essay on water, promote the recycling of plastics so they do not get into rivers, ... there are so many opportunities.
 
Summarize your project in a brief description and send to info@wasrag.org before May 1, 2018 and you may win a $500 prize for Best Project or Most Innovative Project. .
Rural Sewage Project in Brazil  
The Rotary Club of Lins, in Brazil, District 4460, partnered with the Rotary Club of Flower Mound, in Texas, District 5790, and obtained a Rotary Foundation Global Grant to construct 69 septic tanks for 75 families living in rural Lins.  
 
This proper management of water will provide humans and animals with safer water to drink, and allow irrigation of fruits and vegetables to be done with water free of contagious contamination. 
 
This project has helped the state government to see the advantages to the rural economy and the health of rural people, so is placing an emphasis on rural sanitation systems.
Pilot Projects make a Difference in Mexico 
About 23% of Mexicans ( approximately 27 million people) live in small rural communities of 2,500 people or less. In these rural villages clean water and sanitation is lacking.

District 4170, under the guidance of Marcos Calvert, WASRAG Ambassador, has been working since 2014 with the WASH/Future Vision Committee, on an ambitious goal to bring WASH projects to whole communities in cooperation with local municipal and state governments. 

In order to obtain significant financial grants from The Rotary Foundation and gain the support and trust of local governments, the WASH /Future Vision Committee established two pilot projects to prove their concept. 

Learn more about their success in the WASRAG stories.
Reverse Osmosis used in Sri Lanka 
In recent decades, there has been an epidemic of chronic kidney  disease (CKD) in the rice growing provinces of Sri Lanka. This has been traced to agricultural fertilizers and
pesticides that unwittingly polluted reservoirs, irrigation canals and ground water that  fills the community wells that supply drinking water.
 
Eight Rotary Clubs in NW Ohio worked with the host Colombo Sri Lanka Club to obtain a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation, to build reverse osmosis systems. The systems are 
now providing clean water in seven rice-farming Sri Lankan 
villages affected by CKD. Each water plant serves about 
1,400 people. Funding is sufficient for building five more such plants in the next several months. 
 
To learn more read   life-saving water project 
We Want to Help! 
WASRAG has assembled a group of professionals to assist Rotary Clubs with their WASH projects. The team have experience in needs assessment, planning, grant preparation, implementation and WASH training.
 
Members of the Professional Resources Team are from many countries, experienced in working in developing countries and are fluent in a number of languages.
 
If you need help with a project send an email to: info@wasrag.org.  For more details visit
May 28 - Menstrual Hygiene Day 
In 2014 the German-based NGO WASH United initiated May 28 as a global awareness day to help break the silence and build awareness about the role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential.

To learn more about this day and to obtain some excellent resources visit.  http://menstrualhygieneday.org/
$500 for WASH Projects 
The WASRAG Board has established a WASRAG Fund to encourage Rotary clubs to undertake water and sanitation projects that are sustainable and well designed. 

Before a Club submits their Global Grant application to The Rotary Foundation they should send it to the WASRAG Fund review board at info@wasrag.org. WASRAG experts in water and sanitation programs will review the application and make suggestions to improve the quality of the project. Once the suggestions are incorporated into the final application, WASRAG will contribute $500 towards the project. 
$500 Additional for WinS Projects 
The world is fortunate to have Rotary Clubs like Box Hill Central, District 9810, in Australia that are so committed to giving every child the right to an education by providing clean water and sanitation to schools.

The "We Can't Wait" NGO that was established by Mark Balla, with the support of the Box Hill Central club has agreed to support any WASH in Schools (WinS) project with $500 if it is approved by the WASRAG Fund review committee. 

That is $1,000 towards your water, sanitation and hygiene project in schools. Get planning.  

Send your Global Grant application to info@wasrag.org to apply for both WASRAG Fund and We Can't Wait grants. 
Paint it Blue 
Last year, the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation (CAWST) ran a very successful World Water Day awareness campaign called "Paint it Blue".

This year they will be making Canadian landmarks blue from Coast to Coast to shine a spotlight on world water issues. See what they are doing by going to Paint it Blue

WWS 10 - WASH and Health - June 22, 2018 
Learn what Rotarians can do to help the thousands of hospitals and health care facilities that lack safe water and sanitation. President Elect Barry Rassin, a Hospital Administrator himself, will share how Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects impact the health of millions of people.

The full day program, that precedes the Rotary International Conference, will include round table discussions on current topics, panel discussions and break-out sessions.

The WASRAG member rate of $175, includes a light breakfast and full lunch. The program is being held at Toronto's Delta Hotel on Friday, June 22, 2018. Register Here 

WASRAG Newsletter On-line Archive  
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Calendar Of Event  

March 18-23, 2018 - Brasilia, Brazil
8th World Water Forum 
 
March 22, 2018 - WORLD WATER DAY

April 19 - 22, 2018 - Clarkson, MI, USA
Household Water Filters - Biosand and More

May 1, 2018 - DEADLINE for WASRAG World Water Day Competition
 
May 28, 2018 - MENSTRUAL HEALTH DAY
 
June 22, 2018 - World Water Summit 10 - WASH and Health - Toronto Canada

Oct 29 - Nov 2, 2018 - Chapel Hill, NC, USA
Water and Health 2018
Service Spotlight
We love hearing about your projects and are delighted to relay these great opportunities for Rotarians to get involved in WASH projects! 
 
When posting your projects on the wasrag.org website, please remember to include the name of your Rotary club and District number. 
 
Contact us at  info@wasrag.org if you need help with your posting.

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The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. WASRAG can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.
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