By Ryan Rowe, Rotary Peace Fellow from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States Of the countries I have lived and worked in, Haiti is certainly among the most memorable, not just for its natural beauty, vibrant culture, and resilient people, but also for the challenges I experienced working there as a water sector … More Taking on the water crisis in Haiti
By Rotary Service and Engagement Having access to a toilet is a basic human need and right, yet 4.5 billion people worldwide live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practice open defecation.* The United Nations shared the world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6): to ensure availability and … More 5 ways to take action on World Toilet Day
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 … More Making a splash on World Water Day!
By Clem van den Bersselaar, member of Rotary Club of Ormoc Bay (Philippines) If you ask a Filipino living in a rural area of the Philippines where they go to the toilet, they will turn their head towards a non-specific direction and say “over there.” This means that they use any location that gives them … More From “over there” to “over here” – access to toilets changes lives
By the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) Sanitation has been a focus for Rotary since it’s early years. In fact, the very first Rotary service project, implemented in 1907 in Chicago, was the construction of public toilets (often referred to as comfort stations during that time)! In the early years of the Water … More Promote the importance of global sanitation and hygiene on World Toilet Day
By Erica Gwynn, Water and Sanitation Area of Focus Manager On 19 November, Mali celebrates the anniversary of their liberation from President Modibo Keita’s power. In Puerto Rico, 19 November marks the day Columbus discovered the island nation. There is only one holiday, however, that is recognized and celebrated globally on 19 November: World Toilet Day. Why do … More It’s World Toilet Day!
By PDG Sandy Forster, District 5810; Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group Board of Directors The young girl shyly holding my hand took me on a tour of her school – similar, yet strikingly different, from the schools I knew at home, half a world away. The students were eager to have a visitor and … More Get involved in WASH in Schools
Together with the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group, we’re gearing up to host a webinar series on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Education (WASH) in Schools programs. Help us choose one of the topics!
By Ellina Kushnir, RI Programs staff 22 March, World Water Day, reminds us to celebrate our achievements and commit to further advancements related to accessing clean water, sanitation facilities, and employing hygienic practices. Sustainable water resources are critical to reducing poverty, improving education opportunities for youth, and alleviating health-related complications. Today we recognize the countless … More Make a splash, it’s World Water Day!
By Doug Armey, Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno, CA, USA, and Ecuador Project Fair exhibitor In the time it takes you to read this article, five children will have died from water related illness. Over two billion people lack access to clean water. Impure water is responsible for approximately 80 percent of … More Connecting for clean water at the Ecuador Project Fair