By the Water and & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag)
Today, World Water Day, is a wonderful opportunity to take a look back at the goals Rotary members have achieved in the Wash, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. Founded in 2007, the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) strived to reach the Millennium Development Goal’s target of reducing the number of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 50% by the year 2015. Rotary members around the world played a significant role in meeting that ambition goal, five years ahead of schedule.
But, nearly 663,000 million people lack access to safe water.* There is still much work to be done. The new Sustainable Development Goal 6 is calling for action to ensure everyone has access to water and sanitation by 2030.
Join WASH-minded Rotarians in meeting the water challenge, providing sanitation and most importantly – adopting proper hygiene practices. Rotary is leading the charge in many areas, including:
- Rotary’s WASH in Schools Target Challenge: a pilot program to develop sustainable WASH and education projects in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India and Kenya.
- Partnering with the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement sustainable, long-term projects to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene in the Dominican Republic, Ghana, and the Philippines.
- Providing clean, safe water to every public school in Lebanon, so students can be healthier and be able to focus on their education.
- A major program in Mali, one of the world’s poorest countries, to rehabilitate old water points and build new ones. The project also includes construction of a number of public latrines in schools, markets and health centers.
These are just a few examples of the many Rotary projects focused on WASH! Make this World Water Day the day you commit to joining Rotary’s water team by taking action. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at www.wasrag.org.
Join the global celebration by using #WorldWaterDay to share messages about Rotary Water and Sanitation initiatives on social media.
* Source: www.water.org
World Water Summit
Are you attending the 2017 Rotary International Convention? Come early and join us for Wasrag’s Annual World Water Summit! The 2017 summit will focus on WASH and Women – A Brighter Future.
Hear first-hand the stories of women in the developing world and how access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene has transformed their lives. Learn about the challenges they faced and how Rotary helped along the way.
Stay for the afternoon workshops which will be focused on global grants, behavior change strategies, choosing the best technology for your project, engaging with communities, gender issues, and approaches to menstrual hygiene management.
Date: Friday, 9 June, 2017
Location: Georgia World Congress Center
Time: 8:30 – 12:30