It's Giving Tuesday
WASH-RAG News – November 2021

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November 30th is #GivingTuesday! This is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It is touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world". We invite you to join us and give back this year! We support Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene! Will you help us?
"Ron's WASH-RAG Story"
This month learn more about the WASH Rotary Action Group founding Chair Emeritus Ron Denham. What's WASH-RAG really for? According to Ron, it's not just about water but a means to an end, a way to improve lives!
What are our WASH WARRIORS doing?
"The water, which is forced up through the filter and is running out through the pipe, is clean. It has not been in contact with the open air since it once fell down as rain. To prove it’s clean and suitable to drink, a water sample for bacteriological analysis is taken."
Rotary Clubs in Sweden continue to finance spring protection in Kenya.

Clean drinking water is essential for maintaining good health. In rural areas of western Kenya lack of clean drinking water is general. Water born diseases are common among children and adults. The death rate from diarrhoea among children below five is high, especially during rainy periods.

The villagers get their water from lakes, rivers and waterholes. The water is polluted by superficial inflow of dirty water. It is contaminated by human and animal feces and pollution from farmingincluding insecticides and artificial manure.

When the spring is finished, inspected and accepted by the coordinators and the authorities and the analysis doesn’t show any bacteriological contamination, the protected spring is handed over to the village as a gift. From now on, the village itself is responsible for the spring. The contractor has a one year guarantee of his job, and therefore a last inspection visit and a final water analysis is performed after one year.
In April 2020 the coordinators revisited the 52 protected springs constructed between January 2011 and January 2020. All springs functioned well except one. This proves that the applied method of protecting springs is a sustainable one. It also has a positive effect on the working condition for women, as the water is clean when it is poured into the vessels. It doesn’t need to be treated. It is directly drinkable.

We will continue with this method. In July 2021 springs number 75 and 76 were protected. As a result of this project, almost 150 000 persons are estimated to have got access to clean drinking water. We sincerely hope to be able to continue this program.

The project committee for “Protected Springs in Kenya”

Bengt Frisk
Project Leader 

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Calling Rotaractors - we have an opening on the Operations Team of the WASH Rotary Action Group!

While their skills are diverse, our Operations Team members are united by a passionate commitment to providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) to those who don’t have access to these basic human rights.

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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

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