Rotary International and USAID Partnership  
Rotary International and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have combined their resources to  increase access to water, sanitation, and hygiene education in Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar. 
Rotary is looking for clubs and districts to be sponsors towards this significant project. Donations of $2,000 or more can support the construction of latrines and provide hygiene education, especially for girls.
To learn more email or read the WASRAG Stories at  Rotary and USAID Partnership  
Rotary Pacific Water Provides Training in Fiji 
Since 2007, the Rotary Pacific Water for Life Foundation (RPW) has worked with numerous partners to provide engineering water and sanitation solutions to over 70,000 people in 260 rural villages, settlements and schools in Fiji. 

Recently, RPW teamed up with the Fiji National University National Training & Productivity Centre to provide training on water reticulation systems. The training on operating and maintaining a water reticulation system was provided to 18 participants, eight of which were women. 

To read about the training visit the article from the Fiji Sun Online and to learn about the impressive work of the Rotary Pacific Water visit
WASH and more for Young and Old 
Th e Rotary Club of Bhubaneswar Kalinga, District 3262, adopted a school and an old age home at Nimapada, of District Puri. 
Where the students and the elderly were staying had minimal water and sanitation facilities. Now, after three years, the students and the elderly have beautiful washrooms. hand-washing facilities, and clean water. In addition, the club provided the students with equipment so they could learn new skills and for the elderly changes to improve their quality of life.

To read the full story, visit the WASRAG Stories page at: 
Project creates Bonds of Friendship  
In Guatemala, often boys and girls carry buckets of water many kilometers to provide clean water for their families. Th ey forfeit education to provide this basic requirement for their families. 

What started as a small project to provide a short-term solution of providing water filters for individual homes, has grown into a longer term solution of building a well and developing a water distribution system. 

The Rotary clubs of Guatemala, Guatemala, Cot of Arucas, Spain, and Vitoria, Spain, are working together with the help of a Global Grant, to meet the needs of the village of Patzun, Guatemala.

Read the full story on WASRAG Stories at:  Spanish Rotarians Build Well in Guatemala

WASH in Healthcare Facilities 
Emory University and the Center for Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene are organizing monthly webinars with the objective to bring together the WASH and healthcare communities to share experiences and to take action to improve WASH in healthcare facilities. 

To learn more about the webinar series click on this link to get an overview, review past webinars, and to sign-up to be notified of upcoming webinars ( the next one is Tue. Nov 13)

This organization has developed excellent resources on this specific topic. To learn more about this group visit their website or go directly to see the tools they have developed at  WASH in HCF Tools
Water's Bright Future in Solar Pumps 
The time for solar pumps has come. The need is here, the technology is here, and the cost of that technology is making it viable and attractive. New research and resources make the case for solar pumping, and make the technology more accessible than ever. 

Read the article on the Engineering for Change website.  
Clean Water and Ending Polio 
World Polio Day is on October 24. Polio can be spread by drinking water that is contaminated by feces from an infected person. Food washed by contaminated water is also a source of infection.

In recognition of World Polio Day, WASRAG is holding a contest to recognize projects that improve the quality of water and/or increase the level of awareness of the need for clean water. 
Two prizes of $500 each will be awarded to the Project with Most Impact and the the Most Innovative Project. Entries need to be submitted by December 1, 2018. Winners will be announced in February 2019. 
For contest details visit World Polio Day Competition.
Save the Date - May 31, 2019 
Just before the Rotary International Convention starts, WASRAG pulls together top-notch speakers for plenary, breakout, and round table discussions. This year on May 31, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany World Water Summit 11 will be focusing on WASH: Achieving Lasting Impact. This is a great topic especially as Rotary International places increasing emphasis on sustainability.
Register TODAY by going to World Water Summit 11.  
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Calendar Of Event  
Nov 10, 2018 - Global Run 4 Water - Cary, NC, USA

Nov 13 - WASH in Healthcare Facilities Webinar
- This month's webinar is titled "An Incremental Approach to WASH in HCF"

Nov 13-15 - SMART Symposium - Mzuzu, Malawi

Dec 1, 2018 - DEADLINE for entering the World Polio Day Competition

April 26-28, 2019 - Latrine Workshop - Clarkston, MI, USA

May 31, 2019 - World Water Summit 11 - Hamburg, Germany
WASH: Achieving Lasting Impact
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