Newsletter  August 2011

Malawi Tippy TapTippy-Taps & Two Cups: Simple solutions changing lives

With support from The Rotary Foundation and Rotary clubs, a small community in Malawi  built a water system for their village. Elaine Lo, a U. of North Carolina (USA) graduate student in public health visited the beneficiary households to assess if the program was a success. Elaine has written this touching and wonderful account of her trip, about the tippy-taps, the two-cup system, and other simple, but highly effective solutions that changed peoples' lives. Read more....  

Race across Africa logoFun, exercise, and WASH projects: what a combo!

The competition begins:  Ron (Rocket) Denham's Wasrags to Riches Team is competing with Bob (Roadrunner) Wubbena's Wasrag's Wild Westers in the virtual Race Across Africa! And more Wasrag teams are signing on!

THIS IS A CALL to all WASRAG MEMBERS. Join or enter a team: have fun, exercise (a bit anyway!) and help raise money for WASH work. 

 If you prefer, simply support a team member, or get your own club involved. This is a great Rotary Club fundraiser - enter your OWN team! Find out more at 


DamRC Lille-est (France) builds 34 m. dam to produce food 

How does a dam produce food you ask? Located in Madagascar, the 34 metre long , 1.45 metre high dam is irrigating 500,000 m2 (that's 50 hectares or about 124 acres) of land. The final product: rice and vegetables. Several documents are available, some in French, some in English. The first is French only and links to a blog describing the project: click here. More information about SRI (the System of Rice Intensification), that was used, is available in English: click here. To learn more about Rotary and SRI  (English)  click here and French here


Malawi schoolWRAP H2O partnership underway: 1 in 5 match for RCs

Wasrag's partnership with Procter & Gamble, H2O for Life and Africare is moving forward. Thirty schools have been selected and now it's time for your club to indicate interest. For more information on how to get involved click here. You will find program information and pictures under each listing. For more information contact Wasrag's Nancy Gilbert.


NigerDeltaPPP Team preps for Niger Delta work      

Rotarian and Wasrag Technical Team chair Jim Goodrich is heading up Wasrag's Program Planning & Performance (PPP) team scheduled to arrive Sept. 5th in Nigeria. The work will involve three baseline needs assessments, and project planning. Collaborating on the work will be the local communities, Rotary District 9140 Rotarians in the Delta region, members of Engineers without Borders and PIND (Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta). Watch for updates on the Wasrag blog.


WaterFactsD7810 WSC Chair likes "Water Facts at a glance"       

According to the United Nations, unsanitary water kills more people worldwide than war. As precious water supplies dwindle, it may prove to be more than a crisis just for developing countries.

Explaining these very real challenges can be difficult. Good magazine produces some excellent graphics on the topic. Check out their visual display of water facts. Read more...  

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The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group is a group of Rotarians whose purpose is to support Rotary clubs to effectively plan, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, where they are most needed in a collaborative, cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner, true to the principles of Rotary International. Wasrag operates in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.