WASH News and Stories


B.R.E.W. Donates $4,000 to Clean Water

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On the main stage at the Singapore Convention, John Hewko, General Secretary, recognized the six-year partnership between the Beer Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (B.R.E.W. Fellowship) and WASH-RAG.

In Singapore, Stephen Sehnert, B.R.E.W. Treasurer, presented WASH-RAG with a $4,000 dollar check, making their commitment to clean water total $35,000.

Join B.R.E.W. https://rotarybrew.org/  and contribute to their annual contribution. 


Sanitation on Tea Plantation

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Sanitation Project on Tea Plantation 
By Kumaraswamy Sivakumaran, WASH Ambassador

The sanitation facilities at a tea plantation in Sri Lanka were in pathetic shape. This challenging project constructed toilets with a septic system and handwashing facilities for 275 families. 


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Kyaka Refuge Camp Clean Water

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Kyaka Refuge Camp Clean Water Project
This project was implemented in the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement in western Uganda. The settlement's population expanded quickly, and the existing infrastructure was unable to meet the demands. Clean water was necessary to prevent the residents from contracting waterborne diseases. There were many components involved including a rainwater collection system.
This project was made possible in part by a $25,000 grant from the WASH Rotary Action Group


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Operations Team

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Make a Difference

The WASH Rotary Action Group is divided into two sections; the Board of Directors, which sets policy. Elections to the Board happen once a year.
The other section is the Operations Team, which does many different activities, from reviewing Global Grants to WASH Ambassadors. We are always looking for new people to get involved.


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How will your Club celebrate World Water Day?

Thursday, February 15, 2024
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In an increasingly challenged water world, where the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 – Ensure Availability and Sustainable Management of Water & Sanitation for All – is still in the distant future, there is much to be done.  WASH-RAG is hoping that your club is planning to get involved – and we are delighted to share some ideas.  
The UN’s theme for this year is “Water for Peace”, focusing on the critical role water plays in the stability and prosperity of the world.  UN Water has a wealth of resources that can be adapted for a small or large event in your community.  Go to World Water Day 2024 Resources for some great ideas.  Please write and tell us what YOU did  to raise awareness of the role water plays in our lives.  

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Funding for your WASH in Health Care Facilities (WinHCF) projects

Tuesday, May 9, 2023
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A very generous donor has offered funding for “Software” for WinHCF projects. “Software” means those activities that support sustainability – such as training, capacity building, behavioural change, monitoring and evaluation. 
IT WILL NOT fund “hardware” (e.g. infrastructure, drilling boreholes, building latrines, etc.).
A donation of up to US$5000 is available to match the funding for software included in a Global Grant application.

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Value of Water

Thursday, March 21, 2024
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Now is the time to talk about the value of water. After all, water is the source of life, which sadly and all too often is in short supply. That is why safe drinking water is a key priority list of Rotary International. District 2232 Ukraine has its own, active WASH Committee, which works with an International WASH group formed at the beginning of the war to help Ukraine.

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WASH and Health ... Go Hand in Hand

Thursday, March 21, 2024
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WASH Contributes to Improved Health

Pat Merryweather-Arges is the Vice President of the Rotary International Board of Directors. She is also on the board of WASH-RAG. Her home Rotary Club is Naperville, IL and has been a Rotarian since 2022. Pat serves as the Executive Director of Project Patient Care, a non-profit bringing together patients, families, and caregivers to improve healthcare. She is a top public health expert in the world.

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The African Mama

Monday, April 29, 2024
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Yaouba Ibrahim, WASH Ambassador, joined the Rotary Club of Kumbo, Cameroon, as he wanted to change the lives of the indigenous nomadic people in his community by providing them with clean water.

After completing the project, he talked with an elderly woman, and it changed how he defines Rotary.


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Reverse Osmosis Project in Peru

Monday, April 29, 2024
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How projects are presented often dictates whether a project gets enough funding. The Rotary Club of Northeast Chicagoland Passport has done an excellent job of creating a jpg image, which could also be a PDF, that promotes their project. 

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