Posted by SDembele
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Latrines of Hope
The construction or renovation of the 5 units composed of 19 latrines in the village of Dialakorodji, Mali, has been sounded all over and beyond the village because of their timing and their adequacy in meeting the urgent needs. A school benefited with the construction of three units, consisting of 12 latrines and local market benefited with one unit consisting of four latrines.
Latrines of Hope SDembele 2018-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by JHill
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Pure Water for Haiti
For the past five years, the Rotary Club of Vermillion, Ohio, with the passion and drive of John Hill, they have focused on bringing clean water to communities in Haiti.
 
In 2013, the Club, with the assistance of others within District 6600 and 14 other clubs scattered across the US, partnered with Pure Water for the World to put 324 bio-sand water filters in 76 schools in the Mirebalais, Haiti area. This effort brought clean water to approximately 24,000 students and also the local community.
 
With a very successful project completed, the Vermillion Club decided to take on an even more ambitious project of bringing bio-sand water filters to 1,100 homes in Limonade, Haiti. The first accomplishment was getting all 63 CLubs in District 6600 to contribute to the project.  The project gained momentum and became a multi-DIstrict project with District 6290 and the Elk Rapids Rotary Club. The multi-phase project is underway with the Rotary Club of Cap-Haitien being the host partner.  
Pure Water in Haiti JHill 2018-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by HSM
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Small District Grant has Big Impact 
This spring, the Rotary Club of Columbus/ Fall River, WI recently completed Project WASH ( Water, Air, Sanitation  & Hygiene) where they provided sustainability education related to a grade three class and to two Interact Clubs in their community. 
 
The Rotary Club partnered with the international sustainability education group, Children's Environmental Literacy Foundation (CELF) to provide the curriculum materials for the students. 
 
In addition to in-class education, the project involved students going on field trips to a water treatment plant, water facility, solid waste recovery facility, and the river in a local park.
 
The students from the two Interact clubs involved in the project, having learned more about the water quality in developing countries, raised money to provide water-purification systems for schools in Kenya.
 
Small District Grant has Big Impact HSM 2018-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by MBalla
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Operation Toilets is an initiative of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central in Melbourne, Australia. The first project was completed in 2015 impacting on the lives of around 500 children in one school in the Indian city of Nasik.  We have another underway near Delhi and two more currently in development, one of them in India and the other in Ethiopia. A small project has already been completed in Ethiopia as well as a number of small projects in India alongside the Global Grants and we are partnering in a new project in Ghana and exploring opportunities in East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Central America.
Operation Toilets MBalla 2018-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by MWebb on Jul 24, 2018
Mike Webb elected WASRAG Chair
 
Having been a member of the Rotary Club of Mendip, UK, since 1976, Mike has served in many roles in Rotary. He is a Rotary Foundation Trustee (2017-21), Chair of The Rotary Foundation Finance Committee and the Rotary International Investment Committee. 
 
Mike was elected Chair of the WASRAG Board at the  2018 WASRAG Annual Meeting held in Toronto.
Mike Webb elected WASRAG Chair MWebb 2018-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
World Water Day Competition Entries wwdc 2018-07-23 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Rotary Club de Suzano on Jul 18, 2018
MOST INNOVATIVE
The Rotary Club of Suzano, Brazil, tackled a huge project to make a difference along the watershed of the Balainho Creek. They did an excellent job to involve the community and professionals in a variety of areas. 
 
They developed an exceptionally well-documented report on their activities.  
Most Innovative - Rotary Club de Suzano Rotary Club de Suzano 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Club Rotario De La Piedad
MOST IMPACTFUL 
This River Clean Up was done on March 23 in La Piedad Michoacán México, there the Rotarians involved students from three Universities UNIVA, CONALEP and University of Michoacán, Rotarians from USA D5130, México D4140, Ecuador D4400 participated in the Clean Up.
 
This particular Clean Up was very emotional for me because in 2013 we started the River Clean Up project with the purpose that someday we would begin the River Clean Up of Río Lerma and this is the Rio Lerma, one of the longest and most contaminated rivers in México.

In here we had over 350 participants in the Clean Up and collected close to 25 metric tons of garbage out the of the river
Most Impactful - 23 Tons of Garbage Club Rotario De La Piedad 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Cleaning the Cuale River Puerto Vallarta Sur 2018-05-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by MCalvert on Mar 12, 2018
Making a Difference in Mexico
The sustainability of water and sanitation projects must meet the needs of the local community. It also requires enthusiastic support and participation of the Rotary districts involved,  but also the cooperation of the local governments.
 
A group of Rotarians in Mexico realizing the need to get local government support for water projects forged a long-term agreement with government agencies before starting on their pilot projects. Four years, after a Program Planning and Performance Team from Rotary and WASRAG visited Mexico and started the process, the pilot projects are nearing completion. 
 
With 23% of Mexico's population living in small villages of under 2,500 people, most without access to clean water, there is a lot to do.
Making a Difference in Mexico MCalvert 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by RStoner on Mar 12, 2018
Rotarians bring Clean water to Sri Lanka and Save Lives
Water pollution from water run-off agricultural fields has contaminated drinking wells in Sri Lanka. An epidemic of people suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease has overwhelmed local hospitals and hundreds die every year.
 
Eight Rotary Clubs in NW Ohio, District 6600, worked together to get a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation to construct reverse osmosis systems for the communities most impacted.  
 
 
Clean Drinking Water in Sri Lanka RStoner 2018-03-12 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by HFC
Sewage Treatment in Rural Brazil
By Hemerson F Calgaro
The Rotary Club of Lins partnered with the Rotary Club of Flower Mound to obtain 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, but allow irrigation of fruits and vegetables to be done with water absent of contagious contamination. 
Viable Sewage Treatment in Rural Brazil HFC 2018-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Peter Kasango on Nov 09, 2017
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Life has been renewed for the community members of Buffujja and Naluhonjohe by two back-to-back water, sanitation, and hygiene projects coordinated by the Rotary Club of Bweyogerere Namboole (E. Uganda, Africa) and the Rotary Club of Bellingham (Washington State, USA).  The people of Buffujja (population 6,000) and Naluhonjohe (population 10,000) now wake up every day with assured access to safe drinking water thanks to Rotary. These two impactful projects were funded by grants provided by the Rotary Club of Bellingham, District 5050, and the Rotary Foundation (GG 1417543 and GG 1743510).
Clean Water Renews Hope in Eastern Uganda Peter Kasango 2017-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by MAB on Nov 06, 2017
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The Rotary clubs Woodside/PortolaValley, San Mateo Sunrise and Peninsula, working through the H2Opendoors organization installed a water purification system for a rural hospital in Nicaragua.  
 
H2OpenDoors in Nicaraugua MAB 2017-11-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Avner Fuchs
An international water and sanitation symposium, recently held in Tel Avv, Israel, brought together representatives from around the world. The focus was on the importance of education as an important first step in dealing with the WASH issues the world faces.
 
The speakers at the conference agreed that the water crisis is not due to lack of resources, but is due to poor management of the existing resources.
 
"Rotary Hands Across Water" was an interesting component of the symposium. Junior high school students exhibited various projects on the efficient use of depleting water resources.
 
 
Everything Begins with Education Avner Fuchs 2017-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Ask The Experts - Storing Rainwater 2017-09-27 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Nancy Gilbert
WASH in Schools (WinS)
After a full needs assessment, five schools in the Niger Delta have been selected for a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project. Clubs can provide the complete funding for a project or work together with other clubs to jointly sponsor a project. 
WinS in Nigeria Nancy Gilbert 2017-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Ramesh Agrawal
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District 3054 that covers the area of Rajasthan, India has undertaken a Signature Project of Providing Wash, Sanitation, and Hygiene facilities in 500 Government Schools.
 
They are seeking International Partner to assist with this significant WASH project. We have designed six projects for these 500 schools each having a budget of around $150,000. We would welcome International Partner who can contribute around $30-40 thousand out of their District Designated Funds. Smaller contribution are also welcome. We are looking for two to four partners for each project.
International Partners Needed for Significant WASH project Ramesh Agrawal 2017-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
Posted by Avner Fuchs
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On September 14, 2017, an international symposium organized by the Israel Rotary District's Water and Sanitation Committee, chaired by WASRAG Ambassador PDG Avner Fuchs, will focus on the Global Water and Sanitation Crisis - Alleviation by Education and Training. 
 
Next to this symposium will be the Rotary Hands Across Water Cross Culture Education program, where exceptional students will present their innovative solutions to the global water crisis.   
 
Education and Training Alleviate Crisis Avner Fuchs 2017-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
 
By Bob Wubbena, Jim McGill and Greg Bucove
 
The first piped rural water systems in Livingstonia Malawi was constructed 100 years ago by Dr Law. In 2006, a group of Rotary Clubs working with Central Church of Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) and village leadership completely rebuilt and expanded the system.  The totally gravity flow water system now serves 10 villages and the commercial center of the Livingstonia Plateau, which includes the rural University of Livingstonia and  a hospital. The system provides water to about 20,000 people.
 
The water supply is a "high elevation two spring supply" that flows at low flow with about 20 litres per second.  The watershed is protected by village rules and the entire area and system is under the over site of the Central Church of Africa Presbyterian.  The two springs were redeveloped with two screened intakes that flow into a five chamber concrete settling basin--the only treatment of the water.  Future plans call for some disinfection, however the water is of very good quality.  The water flows from the Settling Chamber about two miles down through a valley and back up to the Plateau to several storage tanks.  One of the ten villages is served off of this transmission line.  The other nine villages and the Plateau are served from the terminal storage tanks on the Plateau.
 
Laying Pipe in Rural Africa 2017-05-25 04:00:00Z 0
By Jamil Mouawad
 
Rotary Clubs of Lebanon Mega Project - "Securing Clean Water in Lebanese Public Schools"
 
The mission of our Organization is to invest in meaningful and innovative services, which encourage the cooperation of multiple clubs in the district in general and Lebanon in specific.
 
Water Filtration for Public Schools in Lebanon has been identified as a Mega project aiming to encourage cross-cultural understanding, fellowship and goodwill.
Clean Water in Lebanese Public Schools 2017-05-24 04:00:00Z 0
By Bob Chagrasulis, Rotary Club of Rotary Club of Farmington Maine USA  RD 7790
 
In the eastern Dominican Republic, sugar cane cutters and their families, largely Haitian immigrants, live in very primitive conditions and have many health concerns, including prevalent waterborne illnesses.  A recent Global Grant from Rotary International sponsored the purchase of 1560 Kohler Clarity water filters to provide potable water and to launch a new not for profit business to continue this WASH initiative in these communities.          
 
In March 2017 a team of US Rotarians travelled to the Dominican Republic to begin implementation of work approved in the Rotary Global Grant to provide Kohler CLARITY water filters to residents of “bateys” – sugar cane villages.  This was the first use of the new filter in the Dominican Republic, a grant funded program that will provide an initial 1560 filters to sugar cane cutters and their families. To learn more about the filter, visit:  www.clarity.kohler.com
 
Going "Bateys" for Filters 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0
By Narayan Murarka, Suzanne Gibson, Mary Holcomb, Mark Gibson, Jorge Aufranc and Francisco Viau
 
The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, District 6440 in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur, District 4250 has been engaged in global grant projects in Guatemala since 2012-13.  We concentrated on the needs of people in one geographical area called “Sumpango,” Sacatepecaquez Department, all throughout these years and carried out the several major initiatives which expanded over time in both breadth and depth.  One of these initiatives is related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in schools and focused on disease prevention and treatment of children and improving hygiene conditions within the community.
 
Outcome and Impact:               
Nine elementary and seven secondary schools in Sumpango municipality, Guatemala are being provided clean (chlorinated) running water; 24/7 availability with local storage tank; drink and wash stations; gender specific flush toilets; septic tank; drainage improvements; repaired leaky roofs; upgraded kitchens with running water, sink and drainage; new stoves with ventilation to eliminate smoke in the kitchen and more.
WASH in Guatemala 2017-05-23 04:00:00Z 0