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One of the goals of the WASRAG newsletter is to profile  successful Rotary water, sanitation and hygiene projects. We also need to hear about the ones that went wrong.  We can learn so much from each other in this way!

We'd love to highlight your Rotary project, please contact Terri Black and Ian Rumbles at [email protected].  
World Toilet Day - 19 Nov 2016  
The United Nations estimates that 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation. 1 billion of these people still defecate in the open. Poor sanitation increases the risk of disease and malnutrition, especially for women and children. 
This year World Toilet Day is focusing on the link between sanitation and nutrition. Lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation, along with the absence of good hygiene practices are among the underlying causes of poor nutrition.
Please spread the word about sanitation on World Toilet Day.  You may have seen it before, but WASRAG Board Member Mark Balla's fantastic TED Talk is a great way of introducing the topic and would make a great club meeting presentation:
Toilet Humor is Serious Business
WASH in Ghana  
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $16.7 million and Rotary International $2 million towards improving water, sanitation and hygiene to Ghana's most vulnerable communities. An estimated 85% of the population lack access to proper sanitation facilities. The same partnership from 2009-2013 improved WASH facilities for over 46,000 people.   (Read More . . . )
WASH in 2,222 Schools in India    
UNICEF has joined with Rotary International to implement the Swachh Vidyalaya Initiative in Kerala, India. This year the goal is to implement 2,222 Sanitary Units in Kerala schools. Each unit consists of safe drinking water facilities, separate toilets for boys and girls, and a hand washing area for 15 students at a time. The taps are different colors and made from different materials to encourage washing before and after eating.

Last year over 1,000 sanitation units were installed in the Kerala.   (... Read More)     
Seawater into Drinking Water    
Pervaporation is not a new process to desalinate water. However, the membrane for filtering the water has been expensive and complicated to manufacture. Now researchers have made a breakthrough using a fiber derived from wood pulp that is cheap and easy to make. Better still, it doesn't rely on electricity, making it a promising breakthrough for developing countries. (. . . Read More) 
Calendar Of Events  


Nov 7 - 11, 2016 - Nairobi, Kenya
Delivering Effective WASH Training 

Nov 11 - 14, 2016 - Buraramanga, Columbia
Delivering Effective WASH Training (Spanish)

Nov 19, 2016 - WORLD TOILET DAY

Nov 29 - Dec 2, 2016 - Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
7th Rural Water Supply Network
June 9, 2017 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
World Water Summit 9  < < Mark your Calendars and Plan to Attend

Service Spotlight
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. 
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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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