October 2015

World Toilet Day: November 19
World Toilet Day is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet - despite the human right to water and sanitation. Of the world's seven billion people, 2.5 billion people do not have improved sanitation. One billion people still defecate in the open. Women and girls risk rape and abuse because they have no toilet that offers privacy. 
It is a day to do something about it. Want tools to help?

Design Input Please!
The Rotary Club of Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Canada is working together with a Rwandan partner, to design and build 28 residential, composting toilets in rural Rwanda.  During the last 18 months the partner has developed a safe, sanitary, dignified toilet for under $200.  This is an invitation to anyone interested in helping with ideas for further improvements to the design and/or production. Our goal is to design an inexpensive and effective composting toilet using readily available local materials. Read More...

Raising Funds for WASH Projects
Thinking of raising funds for a club or district WASH projects? We love to hear your ideas! The best events do more than just raise money - they raise awareness of the water, sanitation crisis too. Read on to learn about District 7710's novel approach. Read More ...

Rotary/Wasrag Webinars
Many of you may have missed this recent series of webinars focussing on WASH in Schools.  We're happy to tell you that all three of the webinars were taped and can be accessed as follows:
Webinar 1: 
An Introduction to Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) in Schools   
Recording        Slides
Webinar 2: 
WASH in Schools:  Behaviour Change through Hygiene Education: 
Webinar 3:
Engaging Your Community through WASH in Schools:   
Recording      Slides

WASRAG Newsletter Editorial Team
Until now the WASRAG newsletter has been produced almost entirely by PDG Nancy Gilbert.  We have now expanded the team to take some of the pressure off her!
Terri Black and Ian Rumbles (shown here), a husband and wife team from the RC of Clayton, near Raleigh, North Carolina (D7710)) will now be responsible for month-to-month production.   Nancy and Anna Shepherd will provide editorial support.
 Other members will be confirmed in the next month or two.  We are delighted to welcome Terri and Ian to the team!


New Projects...
We love hearing about your projects and are delighted to relay these great opportunities for Rotarians to get involved in WASH projects! When posting your projects on the Wasrag website, please remember to include the name of your Rotary club and District number. Contact us at if you need help with your posting. 
We have writers ready to help tell your story!

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*The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. Wasrag can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.

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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.