March 22, 2017 - World Water Day 
Every year the United Nations observes World Water Day on March 22. The theme changes annually to put focus on a certain aspect of water. This year the emphasis is on Wastewater.

Use the resources at to increase the awareness of the need for clean water and  to manage wastewater more effectively. 
Rotary WASH Summit in Uganda 
On March 2 -4, 2017 , in Kampala, Uganda, a WASH summit will be held exploring the possibilities of "Creating Opportunities for Sustainable WASH Service Delivery", within the frameworks of Rotary International and strategic partners. 

More information on the Summit can be found at:

The summit is organized by Uganda Rotary Water Plus (URWP), which  coordinates the water, sanitation & hygiene efforts of the 78 Rotary clubs in Uganda.
WIN with WinS  
WinS is the short form for WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) in Schools.  At Hussey College, Nigeria, 1600 students have access to ONE toilet, and it doesn't even work. There is no water, no place to wash hands. 

But your Rotary club could help. Partnering with Procter & Gamble, H2O for Life, and local Rotary Clubs in District 9140, WASRAG is seeking international clubs interested in helping provide toilets, water, hand washing & menstrual hygiene management facilities to schools in the Niger Delta.

If your Rotary Club is interested in making a difference, contact Nancy Gilbert 

Improving the Lives of over 5,000 people  
The Rotary Club of Cotonou IFE (District 9100) and Rotary Club of Surrey (District 5050) working with key partners have provided clean water and training in sanitation and hygiene to almost 8,000 people in five rural villages in the Republic of Benin, West Africa.

This project has been crucial in the prevention of infectious diseases in these villages where 72% of the population are women and children. 

An excellent summary report of this project is available on the Blog at (Read More . . . ) 
Peace through Water  
In the northwest part of Kenya live the people of Turkana, who are in constant conflict with their neighboring communities. 

The "TIPA" project is improving the quality of life of the people by providing the basics, in this case low drip irrigation, so partners can focus on ways to create peace.

The Rotary Foundation funding proposal was submitted by District 2490 Israel and Muthaiga Rotary Club District 9212 Kenya.   (Read More . . . ) 
Sanitation = Education in Belize  
The Rotary Clubs of Fairbanks, Alaska and San Ignacio, Belize have worked together to complete 12 toilet facilities for over 1,000 students in the Cayo District, Belize.

The new washroom facilities have decreased absenteeism from 25% to almost nothing, due to the better health of the students by eliminating waterborne diseases.

This is a testimony to the joint impact of Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. (To Read More . . . )
Rain Water to the Internet  
True to its name Community Transformation Centers (CTC) are having a huge impact on schools and adult education in Papua New Guinea. 

While providing clean water and sanitation, coupled with hygiene education, is the keystone, this project has expanded to have a significant impact on the lives of 100,000's of people in Papua New Guinea.    (Read more . .) 
Rotary Projects in the Spotlight  
In the October Newsletter we asked clubs to tell us about their Rotary water, sanitation and hygiene projects. The articles on projects in Belize and Benin were submitted by clubs interested in getting out the word on their projects. 

Contact us at and we can provide you a couple options to tell us about your WASH project.
Calendar Of Event

March 2 - 4, 2017 - Kampala, Uganda
2nd Annual Rotary WASH Summit on Excellence in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 

March 22, 2017 - WORLD WATER DAY

April 27 - 28, 2017 - Clarkston, MI, USA
Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Workshop

April 29 - 30, 2017 - Clarkston, MI, USA
Drinking Water Quality Testing Workshop
June 9, 2017 - 
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
World Water Summit 9  

June 10, 2017 - Atlanta Georgia, USA
WASRAG Annual Meeting 

November 19, 2017 - WORLD TOILET DAY
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 website, please remember to include the name of your Rotary club and District number. 
Contact us at 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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