By Christina Sweeney, Rotary Service & Engagement staff
Today, 2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services and 3.6 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services.* Without these basic necessities, people are exposed to a higher risk of disease, impacting their ability to earn a living and attend school. This issue also disproportionately impacts women and girls who, in many communities, are responsible for fetching water from sources far from their homes.*
March is Rotary Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) month. Through WASH programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.
Learn how Rotary members and participants are supporting WASH around the globe:
- In Sierra Leone, the Rotaract Club of Freetown Sunset collaborated with a local engineering company to construct a well with hand pumps for a local orphanage to make clean water more accessible. Read more.
- In Nigeria, Rotary clubs in Enugu State worked together to host a seminar about the importance safe drinking water and ways that residents could increase access to clean water, such as through boreholes, water sanitation campaigns, wells, and water treatments. Read more.
- In India, the Rotary Community Corps of Chennai Metrozone sponsored the construction of two handwashing stations for a secondary school. Read more.
- In the Philippines, the Rotary Club of Downtown Dagupan provided water collection tanks to a nearby community to help residents collect and store rainwater. Read more.
- Rotary clubs in Taiwan supported the construction of a drinking water filtration station at a high school in Northern Thailand. Read more.
Inspired to start your own WASH project? Take advantage of the resources below.
- Read Rotary’s Areas of Focus Guide for project ideas and tips for success.
- Connect with the Rotary Action Group for Menstrual Health and Hygiene or Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for expert advice on planning and implementing WASH projects.
- Explore learnings and resources for WASH sustainability from the Rotary-USAID partnership.
*UN Water: https://www.unwater.org/water-facts/water-sanitation-and-hygiene/