November 2015

Have you visited our new website yet?  Our new site was launched on November 1st.  We've upgraded a number of features, including a more user-friendly project search tool, easier loading for your projects and much more!  Be sure to take a look.  In the coming weeks we will expand the site in a variety of areas.  In the meantime, we appreciate your comments and ideas at 

A First for Rotary - a WASH E-Club 
With support from WASRAG, a new Rotary e-club is being established with a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene focus. Founded by District 9980 (New Zealand).

The new club is seeking charter members from around the world. You can also consider the E-Club as a make-up. Their website is

To learn more about e-Clubs and the WASH e-Club in particular . . . Read More . . .

A Vision for Clean Water in Lebanon
In October 2015, a team from A Vision for Clean Water spent five days in Aley, Lebanon checking on a Rotary project to bring clean water to public schools in Lebanon. When completed, the project will provide clean drinking water to 300,000 Lebanese children and 300,000 Syrian refugees who attend Lebanon's public schools.

Before the project most public schools in Lebanon were either not equipped at all, or only had very poor and outdated water tanks and no water filtration systems. 

Thirteen-year-old, Raghdaa Ramadan said . . Read More . . 

Improved Sanitation in Nigeria
Two Rotary clubs in Nigeria worked cooperatively to improve the sanitation for 400 people in Ilesa, Nigeria.

The structure consisted of five toilets and one shower room. The Project which cost less than $4,000 was started and completed within 100 days . 

The new toilet facilities will help prevent cholera and other associated epidemics in the area.

With the assistance of new grants and partnerships the Ilesa club plans to reduce disease in the area by  . . . Read More . . .

Rotary Renovates Hospital Septic System
After a tsunami, a remote hospital in the Solomon Islands had a septic system that no longer functioned properly.

Two Australian Rotary clubs implemented a new septic system that ensured not only a healthier situation for the hospital, but enriched a recently planted tree   . . . Read More . . .

Attending a Rotary meeting at 4:30 a.m.
Mark Balla is well known for his TedTalk "Toilet Humour is Serious Business"  Recently he spoke at the Rotary Club of Westfield, New Jersey from Melbourne, Australia, where it was 4:30 a.m. The club started by watching the video and then, using Skype, Mark brought then up-to-date on a Rotary project in India that will impact 50,000 children. 

Go to  to learn more.

Building a Better Toilet
The SafiChoo is a novel toilet system that takes into account the common preference in Zambia of a squatting position for defecation and in addition the genital washing as a religious and cultural ritual. 

Wish for WASH is using crowd funding to obtain funding for beta testing their new toilet in Zambia at   

Jasmine Burton the founder of Wish for WASH wrote an interesting piece in the Huffington Post on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the Social Sector. 

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the News
Read news media articles about the work Rotary is doing around the world in the areas of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. 

Calendar of Events
February 25 - 26, 2016 - Kathmandu, Nepal
Multiple-Use Water Systems (MUS) for Climate Resilience

April 28 - May 1, 2016  - Yipsilanti, USA
A vision for Clean Water and Eastern Michigan's Sanitation Workshop

May 26, 2016 - Seoul, Korea
Held in conjunction with the Rotary International Conference

July 11 - 15, 2016 - Kumasi, Ghana
39th WEDC International Conference: Ensuring Availability & Sustainable Management of Water & Sanitation for All      

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 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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