Posted by: Wasrag | November 30, 2015

First Rotary 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. Rapidly advancing technology means that meetings can be held online and the WASH focus will extend to the new club’s speakers as well as its projects.

eclub washWhy join an e-club?  It could be right for you, if you:
–  Have a busy schedule and need a flexible meeting time.
–  Live in different places throughout the year.
–  Travel frequently.
–  Have limited mobility
–  Live in an area without a nearby Rotary club.

Or, if you can’t attend your regular club meeting, consider the E-Club as a make-up. We’ll be posting regular bulletins on the E-Club’s progress.

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting new phase of Rotary’s future, please see their website: And, if you are interested in joining drop a line to:
And finally, to learn more about e-clubs in general, go to the RI website Rotary e-clubs


Posted by: Wasrag | November 30, 2015

WASH in the News

Water and Sanitation and Hygiene in the News - November 2015

October 30, 2015 - Blackmore Vale Magazine 
Wimborne Rotary back water for survival
Four Wimborne Rotarians, under the leadership of Brian Dryden, visited the operations centre for Water-Survival Box in Midsomer Norton

November 8, 2015 - KNOP News2
Row Across Big Mac Helps Spread Safe Water Awareness 
The Ogallala Rotary Club hosted the Row Across Big Mac, and the fundraiser benefits Katie Spotz's non profit safe water campaign. Eachrower this ...

November 9, 2015 -  - Nagpur Nyoooz
Jalyukta Shivar gets Corporate Backing
The village was facing water scarcity as the stream passing through it had ... project from government machinery, Rotary Club and Credai have also lend a helping hand. ... Last summer they even had water for agriculture," Badhiye.

November 9, 2015 - - Burton Mail
Water Lifeline for Kenyans thanks to Rotary Club of Bretby 
For more than two years, the Rotary Club of Bretby has been raising funds for ... which releases water from deep underground in Kenya's Shimba Hills.

November 11, 2015 -
Local Rotary member shows his colors
George Lewis, aka the “Water Man” donates and raffles his artwork to raise ... Lewis initially joined Rotary in Oregon in 2002, and in 2006 went on a ...

November 12, 2015 - Lancaster Telegraph
Honour for Hyndburn hero who helped earthquake hit Himalayan village
George Blenkinship, who is international chairman of the Rotary Club of ... restarted in August to finally provide villagers with access to fresh water.

November 15, 2015 - Buxton Advertiser
Buxton Pupils Support Charity Drive to Deliver Clean Drinking Water
... which the Rotary Club of Buxton increased to £250 for an Aquabox Community - capable of producing up to 500,000 litres of safe drinking water.

November 16, 2015  - Dominion Post 
Mair on Mission to Help Parched Ethopia
Debbie Mair, Special Projects Director of the Rotary Club of Hutt City, chats to ... Mair witnessed the severity of the water shortfall herself when she and ...

November 16, 2015 - Leadership
Rotary Calls On NEMA To Intervene In Worsening SanitationAt Durumi IDP Camps
The Rotary Club of Maitama Abuja has donated several household items to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from the North East camping at ...

November 17, 2015 - Current in Fishers
A purposeful Party: Fishers Rotary to host Charity Ball for fundraising campaign in Sierra Leone
Rotary's Water for Life campaign was started in 2009 by local Fishers Rotarians in an effort to supply Sierra Leone, a country recovering from a civil ...

November 18, 2015 - Chatham Daily News
Rotarians promote Clean Water for Living
Among those in attendance for the official launch of the Clean Water for ... The CleanWater for Living project is just the latest effort of Sunrise Rotary to ...

November 18, 2015 - The Independent Florida Alligator
A Professor, Artist and Park Awarded
The Rotary Club of Downtown Gainesville will have its second Water Stewardship Awards tonight, which will recognize UF environmental journalism ...

Provided by Google News based on News for Rotary and either Water, Sanitation or Hygiene
Posted by: Wasrag | November 22, 2015

Helping Hospital after Tsunami

The Solomon Islands are located east of Papua New Guinea and North-East of Australia. In April 2007, the islands experienced an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, followed by a tsunami.

After the tsunami, the septic system of the Helena Goldie Hospital  was compromised causing the septic tanks to overflow on the hospital grounds and directly into the ocean, creating a very unhealthy situation.

excavatorThe Rotary Club of Burnside coordinated a multi-club project to upgrade the sanitation system at the hospital. The club was recognized with the Civic Improvement Award at the South Australian Premier’s Awards Luncheon for the project.

The Helena Goldie Hospital is in Munda, which is located on the island of New Georgia. Patients come by canoe for treatment at the hospital.

The plumbing fittings, drainage sumps, rolls of Geofabrics and some toolsdrainage 1 were donated. Pipe and trench drains were purchased. All the materials were loaded into a shipping container and sent to Munda.

Members of the Mackay North club went in advance of the majority of the work crew to ensure the unloading of the container and arrange for the excavator to do the trenching and back filling.  

The construction of the septic drainage system took 12 days for the over 20 Rotary members from the Burnside and Mackay North clubs and the seven Tambaka students who assisted. The $40,000 project was completed with $20,000 due to donated materials, equipment and volunteer labor.

connectorsTwo old artillery shells discovered during the trenching added some excitement and delays  to the project.

The new septic drainage system was connected to the existing septic tanks by distribution sumps. The system now allows the output from the septic tanks to flow through the new drainage system to be soaked up by a tree plantation that was planted over the drainage site.


Posted by: Wasrag | November 22, 2015

Sanitation Improved in Nigeria

By Ademokoya Emmanuel

washroom outside‎Two Rotary clubs in Nigeria worked cooperatively to improve the sanitation for 400 people in Ilesa, Nigeria.

The Rotary Club of Ilesha (District 9125) and the Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA (District 9110) constructed a Comfort Facility for the Ijesha Fairly Used Motor washroom insideParts Market in Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria.

The structure consisted of five toilets and one shower room. The project which cost less than $4,000 was started and completed within the first 100 days in office of Ademokoya Emmanuel Oluwole, President of Rotary Club of Ilesa, and Bukola Bakare, President of the Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA.

The comfort station toilets will help prevent cholera and other associated epidemics in the area.

The Rotary Club of Ilesa is looking for additional grants and partnerships so they can build similar comfort stations for those that are less privileged, and make boreholes for communities without drinkable water.

Posted by: Wasrag | October 28, 2015

Suggestions for a Composting Toilet Design

Eco Toilets – A sustainable, ecological sanitation system providing dignity and food security

The Rotary Club of Oak Bay, Victoria, BC, Canada with matching funds from District 5020 and some financial support from the Project Unity Committee (PUC) is working together with a Rwandan partner, for 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 document gives a brief description of the Eco Toilet and photographs of prototypes presently in use in Rwanda. The project leaders would like to share the design and production ideas with the Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG) and any other interested Rotarians in hopes of establishing further improvements. Read More…

Posted by: Wasrag | October 27, 2015

Raising Funds for WASH Projects

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

Leigh Hudson, PDG, used a walker as a unique way to carry water in the 1-Mile Water Carry Challenge.

Leigh Hudson, PDG, used a walker as a unique way to carry water in the 1-Mile Water Carry Challenge.

Adding a unique twist to a popular fundraising activity, Rotary District 7710 in the last four years has raised over $50,000 towards water and sanitation projects around the world.

This District, located in central N.C., holds a 5 km run/walk which this year attracted a record 289 runners that raced through a picturesque but challenging course. Runners pay a registration fee in order to participate. If they paid an additional fee they could take their dog, and many runners took advantage of this new feature of the event.

The highlight of this event is a 1-mile water carry challenge. This year 11 teams from different Rotary clubs in District 7710 carried a record 381 gallons ( 3,177 pounds) of water around a one-mile course. The teams used poles, yokes, even ladders and a walker to maximize the water they carried, adding to the entertainment value of the race.

Scott Rossi, Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club, who founded the event said, “During my first few years in Rotary, I participated in every Club project looking for my Rotary passion. Then I met George ‘The Waterman’ Lewis and listened to him speak about water and sanitation projects. I studied Rotary’s six Areas of Focus and concluded a well constructed water and sanitation project had the capacity to address all six Areas of Focus.”

“There are lots of races run every year for various causes. What makes this event unique, is it allows you to put yourself in the place of someone who has to go out and carry water every day so that their family has water for basic needs. When you are in this position, even briefly, it shows you how dire the circumstances are that these people live in daily.” said Rossi.

Every year this event raises more and more money for water and sanitation projects. Through sponsorship, participant registration and a raffle for a George ‘The Waterman’ Lewis painting, this year the event raised over $16,000.

Another unique aspect of this fundraiser is that it supports various water and sanitation projects developed by Rotary clubs from across the planet, not just those developed by clubs within District 7710. GlobalRun4Water has supported nine projects in Lebanon, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Bolivia, Uganda, Guatemala, Peru and Tanzania. Projects sponsored cover a spectrum of areas from hand-washing training, water systems for schools, dams and pipelines, to a solar powered water treatment system.

For more information on the GlobalRun4Water contact Scott Rossi at or 919-467-2632.

There were 289 participants in the 5 km run/walk, that allowed you to even take your dog.

There were 289 participants in the 5 km run/walk, that allowed you to even take your dog.

Posted by: Wasrag | September 29, 2015

Rotary builds protected springs in Kenya.

Lack of clean drinking water is a main health problem in the rural areas in south western Kenya. The incidence of water born infectious diseases is high.
Since 2005 six Rotary Clubs in district 2360 in Sweden and Rotary Doctors Organization has worked with a project called “Protected Springs in Kenya”. The Rotary Clubs are Lilla Edet RC, Ljungskile RC, Orust RC, Trollhattan Starkodder RC, Uddevalla RC and Uddevalla Skansen RC.
The Rotary Clubs have raised the money needed and Rotary Doctors have done all the work in the field with help of the nurses and doctors working in their health service program. Two Kenyan nurses have been responsible for selection of suitable water holes to be protected. They have made agreements with the local entrepreneures, got permissions from the authorities and land owners and followed the work on the spot. They also have educated the villagers in hygiene and spring care. The villagers have contributed with manual work. One Year after protection, the two nurses have revisited the village to assure that the function of the spring is good and that the spring protection committee of the village has done their job properly.
A natural spring, or water hole, is dug out. The pit is filled with stones and gravel. Then it is covered by a plastic sheet in turn covered by earth and planted with bushes to prevent erosion. In front of this filter is built a concrete wall through which an iron pipe leads the water to the tap point. A concrete stairway leads down to the tap point. There is no valve on the pipe. The excessive water is led away through a ditch. The area around the spring is fenced with barbed wire to prevent animal to pollute the place. This spring water has not been in contact with the air and is free from contamination proven by bacteriologic tests.
Spring in PochoThirty nine springs in 39 villages in this area have been protected through the years. This means that approximately 50 000 people including pupils in three primary schools have got easy access to clean drinking water. The cost for these 39 springs have been approximately 500 000 SEK (=around 62 000 USD). The money has been raised by the members of the six Rotary Clubs. Generous contributions have also been made by district 2360, Rotary Doctors and Rotary U-foundation in Sweden.
The clean drinking water has had a positive effect on the general health of the people, with lower incidence of water born infectious diseases. It has also resulted in better working conditions for the women. The goal is to continue with protection of springs in Kenya at a rate of at least six per Year.
The Project Group for “Protected Springs in Kenya”
Bengt Frisk
Project leader

Posted by: Wasrag | September 6, 2015

Notes from the Field…

Menstrual Hygiene Management or MHM is an area of growing interest – finally! An area that has, for too long, been taboo, MHM has come out of the closet, and into mainstream WASH planning. Lack of water and sanitation facilities in schools results in a marked decline in girls’ attendance once they start menstruating. It’s hard to imagine: no privacy, no place to wash, and no place to dispose of used products.
At the WASRAG Summit in Brazil, I met a wonderful Rotarian who volunteered with Days for Girls in Saskatchewan.
DaysForGirlsDays for Girls is an international organization made up of chapters of sewers, often women, who donate time to prepare kits. The kits cost approximately $10 and can last up to about three years. They include a breathable waterproof liner that holds reusable pads, underwear, soap, a ziplock bag for storage, and a colourful bag to hold it all. Pads are made from colourful fabric that makes stains harder to see, and looks innocuous drying on a clothes line.
Recently I was able to get 50 kits – some donated, some paid for – that are in my luggage as I travel to Nigeria. Our intention is to undertake a study with these kits, see how girls react, are they culturally acceptable, do they meet the need we think is there. I’ll report back on the results in a future newsletter.
In the meantime, I remain enormously grateful for WASRAG Water Summits: the things I learn and the people I meet.
submitted by Newsletter Editor Nancy Gilbert

Posted by: Wasrag | September 6, 2015

Rotary in Cameroon

CameroonIn 1980, when Mbah Mbole Joseph first came to Limbe for a job with Cameroon’s national oil company, he found a small coastal town that was home to 40,000 villagers, the country’s main oil refinery, and one of its most important commercial ports. By the time Mbah Mbole retired in 2005, the population was approaching 100,000 and placing increasing strain on an antiquated sanitation system not built to accommodate the new arrivals. Read More…

Posted by: Wasrag | June 27, 2015

A Plea from One Club President to Another

Three years ago, the president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Los Angeles, Peter Lattey received a plea for help from the President of the Migori, Kenya Rotary club on the club’s facebook page. The Migori club was failing and he needed some advice. After some discussion it was decided that the club should find a service project that would raise their profile in the community. Thus was born a water and sanitation project that will ultimately provide clean water, latrines and hand wash stations to over 15,000 school students at 28 rural schools in Migori county, Kenya. Read More…

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