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2022 People of WASH Photo Contest

Congratulations to the annual People of WASH photo contest winners. Photos and videos will be posted on the website shortly, and will be shown at the September meeting.

Video Category

First Place Winner $600

Kenya Water 2022 Peter Lattey.mp4

This video was selected due to the nice mix of media, sharing stories of problems and solutions. The judges felt it had the overall best storytelling. 

Second Place Winner $300

Project Binita Wins.

This video showcases kids learning about hand washing through song. Judges noted the cuteness of the video and balanced editing. It was selected as the cutest video with a simple message.

Third Place Winner $150


This short video is filled with joy, sharing, and learning. WASH-RAG Membership Satisfaction Chair Rajiv Sharma stated this was his favourite video from this specific series of entries.

Photography Category

First Place Winner $300

Karen Kankkunen photo:  Woman washing children in a tub. No information is needed - the photo says it all.

Second Place Winner $150

Tamika Doubell: Child washing in stream.

Third Place Winner $75

IMG-20220409-WA001:  storytelling, sense of place.

Do you want to enter next year? Be sure to subscribe to the Free WASH-RAG Newsletter, become an active WASH-RAG member, and check back in May 2023!

Learn more about the 2022 Photo and Video Contest
Some Great International News

The Water Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group's

Annual General Meeting met virtually on July 23, 2022.

"Good Morning, Good Evening, Good Wherever you are!"

The WASH-RAG Board, Operations Team, Ambassadors, and WASH-RAG members joined the virtual Annual General Meeting, logging in from 3 am in Hawaii USA to 4 pm in Turkey!

Simultaneously members virtually met from Rwanda, Haiti, Australia, Canada, United States of America, Luxembourg, Ghana, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, and many more countries!

WASH-RAG Members

September 10, 2022

All active members are invited to vote on the new WASH Rotary Action Group by-laws, with some proposed amendments. Check your email for a special Zoom link.

Only 2022 WASH-RAG Members received the link. If you didn't get it, double check your membership didn't expire. Click below to log in and access it.

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WWS 15 - It All Starts With WASH!
May 26, 2023 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM UTC+10:00  Melbourne Australia.

Everything - from education, to disease prevention, to peace - starts with WASH! Join us to be inspired and learn about all things WASH!

To purchase your ticket click here
What are our WASH WARRIORS doing?
Water Challenges in Central Asia: What Rotary is Doing
“Men can destroy the planet” warns Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres
Five former Soviet Republics share Central Asia’s Aral Sea Basin: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan along with Iran and Afghanistan. Once the world’s 4th largest inland body of water, the Aral Sea has lost 90% of its surface area due to years of extensive agricultural development and water mismanagement. This environmental disaster affects all the countries in the region and has led to drastic socioeconomic consequences. Serious conflicting interests of the basin water flows exist, particularly between upstream countries and downstream countries. In recent years, extended drought downstream and flooding upstream further stress a dysfunctional water management system. 
And if that weren’t enough, the countries sharing the basin are made up of separate ethnic groups, and often focus more on national interests than regional interests when water management is considered.

Armed conflicts continue over water sharing among Aral Sea Basin Countries, according to The New York Times. April 30, 2021:

Over 40 Dead in Tajik-Kyrgyz Border Clash as Death Toll Rises

Fighting that broke out over water rights injured over 200 people, government officials said. Thousands flee as water dispute triggers worst fighting in decades on Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan Border.


Through Global Grants provided by The Rotary Foundation, two workshops convened in Delft, Netherlands in 2014 and 2016 for stakeholders from the basin countries. The purpose was to prepare participants for constructive dialogue over regional trans-boundary water issues.

In addition, commencing in 2018, The Rotary Foundation has provided eighteen Master’s Degree level scholarships for the Joint Program for Water Cooperation and Diplomacy (WCD), which develops technical and diplomatic skills for water professionals. As they complete their degree work, the students build personal relationships, studying and working together on water-related projects. The program is hosted by the University for Peace in Costa Rica, IHE Delft in the Netherlands and Oregon State University in the USA, and with support from local Rotarians.

Past Rotary International Director and past WASH-RAG Board member Peter Kyle has followed these Rotary initiatives from the beginning. Peter is former legal counsel for the World Bank, and in that capacity travelled to the Central Asia region on many occasions. He met with the Oregon State University professors directing the WCD program and has spent time in Oregon with the 1st cohort of WCD scholars sponsored by Rotary.  Peter observes:

"I am very impressed by these far-sighted and strategically important initiatives. What a powerful example of the potential for Rotary to play a catalytic role on the world stage."

If you'd like to learn more about these Rotary actions of the last ten years and the eighteen courageous scholars who benefited from these Rotary scholarships, please click the orange button for a copy of the full-length WASH-RAG Article.

Story submitted by Steve Brown StephenRbrown@att.net and Pam Russell pdgpam0809@gmail.com of the West Palm Rotary Club. Edited for content and length. For the full unedited article please click the button.

To read the full article with more photographs please click here
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Calendar of Events

24-28 October 2022 - University of North Carolina - Water & Health Conference


22-23 March 2023 - UN 2023 Water Conference


26 May 2023 World Water Summit, It All Starts With WASH! in Melbourne, Australia


27-31 May 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia


Submit your stories, videos, and pictures for upcoming Newsletters to us at info@wasrag.org.
The WASH Rotary Action Group 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. The WASH Rotary Action Group 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. Email us about your ongoing or finished project at info@wasrag.org.

This Rotary Action Group is RI-recognized and operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International. To learn more please contact the WASH Rotary Action Group by email at infor@wasrag.org Thank you.