Celebrate Rotary Water and Sanitation Month!

By Azka Asif, Rotary Programs Staff

Clean water is a basic human right that many are often denied.  There are 2.5 billion people in the world that lack access to improved sanitation and 748 million people that don’t have clean drinking water. Nearly 1400 children die each day from diseases caused by lack of sanitation and unsafe water. When people have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives.

ITell-Everyone-Goal-6-640x670n 2015, the United Nations introduced their new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty and promote prosperity while protecting the environment and addressing climate change. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 on water and sanitation encourages us to address universal access to drinking water and sanitation along with improved water management to protect ecosystems and build resiliency. *

Rotary members are committed to reaching the water and sanitation SDG through projects like building wells, installing rainwater harvesting systems, and teaching community members how to maintain new infrastructure.

During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, we’re celebrating our commitment to create healthier communities by supplying clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.  Here are just a few examples of club service projects that are creating a lasting impact:

  • The Rotary Club of Bangalore Metro in India installed a water purification plant in the village of Ramanahalli. Due to extensive mining, the ground water in this rural community is completely contaminated with fluorides and other contaminants. The new water purification plant provides reliable access to potable water.
  • In the rural community of Bharat Pokhari in Nepal, villagers walk 25 km to fetch buckets of water every day. Oftentimes girls spend two hours a day bringing home water before and after school. In partnership with the Rotary Club of Williamson (USA), the Rotary Club of Pokhara installed a water tank in the village giving more than 500 families access to safe drinking water closer to home.
  • The Rotary Club of Suna Migori in Kenya provided a source of clean rainwater to students at four schools and a clinic. At each location, Rotarians provided new latrines and hand washing stations. The project has impacted more than 1500 students and their families, hundreds of patients at the clinic, and increased school attendance especially among girls.
  • In rural Ghana, seven million people are at risk from waterborne diseases. Rotarians are working with partners to address community water and sanitation needs. Watch the video below about this project.

Throughout the month of March, encourage fellow Rotary members to check back here for tips, resources, and inspirational success stories to help plan club and district water and sanitation projects. Add your voice to the conversation using the blog’s commenting feature and share how your club supports water and sanitation initiatives on Rotary Showcase. 

*[United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 2015]




2 thoughts on “Celebrate Rotary Water and Sanitation Month!

  1. Jambo :

    I hope this email finds all going well for you.

    I am a member of the Rotary Club of Naperville, IL US. On my own I have been working to help the children in the tiny village of Dago, Kenya. Since 2011 we have awarded 42 full four year high school scholarship in a village where almost no one has ever gone to high school. Four of our students are now attending University.

    Now, I am working on a Global Grant to do more to help the children of the Dago Primary School. I am looking for Rotary Clubs in Kenya to partner with.

    So, would you be interested in discussing a possible partnership? I will be back in Kenya for my 6th trip in July. If you are interested, I would love to meet with you this July and possibly attend one of your club meetings.

    Please let me know your thoughts. I look forward to your reply.

    Asante Sana!


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