June 2016

An Excellent World Water Summit 8
How can you ensure your WASH project will still be going strong in 5, 10 or even 15 years? Rotarians and friends enjoyed  
presentations and discussions focused around the challenges of building sustainability into our projects. Presenters like Sanjay Wijesekera (Chief of WASH, UNICEF USA) underlined the amazing capability of Rotarians as demonstrated by our polio efforts. RI President Ravi Ravindran, General Secretary John Hewko, and TRF Trustee Sushil Gupta, all reminded us of the importance of partnerships in our work. Link to John Hewko's "9 steps for success" as posted May 28th on facebook. See Summit images courtesy Rotarian Tom Coyner, Seoul Rotary District 3650, Onsite Studios.

PS:  Mark your calendars now!  We look forward to seeing you at WWS9 in Atlanta on Friday June 9th, 2017.

Hand Washing to North Korea Orphanage  
Combine the fundraising of seven Rotary Clubs in Canada's Maritime provinces, two clubs in China, a U.S. Interact Club, along with negotiating skills of a Canadian located in China and an informal Korean Friendship Network of Rotarians and a hand washing project in North Korea becomes (Read more ...) 

Coca-Cola Announces Water Project  
At the Rotary International Conference, in Seoul, Korea, the Coca-Cola Company announced a partnership with Rotary International and Pakistan National Polio Plus Committee to provide $10 million in funding for water filtration plants in areas at high risk for communal and water borne diseases. ( Read More about the project.)  

Hippo Rollers - A Simple Tool - A Massive Need 
Many projects are highlighted in the Projects Section of the WASRAG website.
"Help Us Roll 1000 Hippos" is one of the more uniquely named.  
The Rotary Club of Gibsons, BC, has done an excellent job of promoting their project with a video, a flippable informational PDF and a well crafted project explanation on the site.

Needs Assessment with Rotaract Students 
Recently, the Bamako Titibougou Rotary club used Rotaract students to complete a needs assessment of the Mali village of Djalakorodjii.

The survey was very well accepted as it was conducted by local people and the youth learned new skills ( Read more . . . )

Rotary India introduces WinS Newsletter
"When you educate a girl child, you educate the entire family", pronounced Sushil Gupta, Chairman of RI's WASH in Schools (WinS) program. The first issue of the Rotary India newsletter shares resources and news about this game changing program. (Read the first issue)

10 Billion Liters of Clean Drinking Water
The Proctor & Gamble Children's Drinking Water Program has reached a notable milestone by providing 10 billion liters of clean water in over 75 countries. 
To learn more about this significant achievement visit view their video 10 Billion liter Partner video 

WASH Resources

Calendar of Events

June 20-23, 2016 - Kampala, Uganda
Bringing together the 21st SuSanA Meeting adn 2016 WASH Sustainability Forum

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

August 9 -13, 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
World Water Congress and Exhibition 

Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016 - Abidjan, Core D'Ivoire
7th Rural Water Supply Network

New Projects
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