1. ADOPT A SCHOOL !
Total program budget is $837,000. For each school in the program the budget is $27,900:
Africare – 45% Procter and Gamble – 17% H2O for Life – 19% Rotary Club(s) – 19%
For every dollar Rotary Clubs contribute, $4.26 will be contributed by our program partners.
This story came to us via Rotarian Gary Cataldo, Past President of the Rotary Club of Austin Oak Hill (Texas).
Want to get involved?
Gary Cataldo tells us that the Austin Oak Hill club is working with Radica Patel, a sophomore who, under the name of “Bubbles of Hope” has organized 14 local hotels to donate leftover soap which is then collected and shipped to Atlanta for processing. Your club might wish to approach hotels in your community and get them to donate soap. There is the possibility of opening new processing facilities in other parts of the country – and in other countries. You could find trucking companies and get them to donate their services to ship leftover soap to a processing facility. But you’re Rotarians – you will have ideas of your own!
Incidentally, there has been some discussion of providing shaved soap that can be used in the Tippy Tap devices used for handwashing in developing countries. The shaved soap and water are simply put in the container and it dispenses pre-soaped water. The attached photo shows a typical toilet in Kenya with a tippy tap toilet.
The bottom line: The Global Handwashing Day
reports: “Turning handwashing with soap before eating and after using the toilet into an ingrained habit could save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention, cutting deaths from diarrhea by almost half and deaths from acute respiratory infections by one-quarter.”
For more information, contact Vicki Gordon or Gary Cataldo to learn more about his club’s involvement in the project.
Fact: 80% of all sickness and disease – killing more people every year than all forms of violence, including war – is simply a result of unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation.
22 March 2014 is UN World Water Day. Rotary clubs around the world are encouraged to organize Walking for Water fundraisers.
“Water and Sanitation” is now 1 of the 6 Future Vision Areas of Focus for Rotary, and more clubs than ever are involved in water and sanitation projects in great part to the efforts of WASRAG (The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group) and The Rotary Foundation.
“Walking for Water” is the perfect way for clubs to get started with water. It’s a fundraising event where children aged 10+ walk 6 km carrying 6 liters of water in a backpack, showing solidarity with millions of children in developing countries that must make this trip daily. This event raises awareness of Rotary in local and (inter)national media, helps recruit new members and can raise up to $20.000 depending on demographics and the number of participants.
Our mission: Now that “Water and Sanitation” is 1 of the 6 Rotary areas of focus, we want it to be first. Because water is the key to the other 5: Health, Hunger, Poverty Reduction, Education, Conflict resolution, Economic and community Development are all significantly improved and enabled when there is safe and reliable water and sanitation. That’s why we have adopted the Wasrag theme “Start with Water” as our rallying cry, and we think Rotary International will listen if many clubs adopt this mission with us.
Start with Water. Start Walking for Water.
If you are interested in learning more, please email RotaryWWI@gmail.com
Disclaimer. This initiative is not part of Wasrag or ROSNF, but we support both missions and encourage all clubs to become members.
4. Carwash Program – Raise funds for your club and Wasrag’s WASH projects
In July 2011 several independent carwash operators in the Atlanta area joined together to provide clean drinking water to those in need throughout the world. Their goal was to provide one day of clean water to one thirsty person for every carwash provided. Some nine months later the program has grown. Carwash operators in 16 US states and one Canadian province are enthusiastically generating revenue for Rotary’s water, sanitation and hygiene projects.
The formula is simple. For each carwash the operator donates one cent to Wasrag’s WASH projects. Doesn’t sound like much – but it adds up fast. As of April 1st, 2012 the program has raised over $20,000.
The carwash operators have created a website: WashAwayThirst to promote the program. And, they are delighted to announce their Spring 2012 fundraising program. It’s very easy. Rotary clubs wishing to join the program simply sell books of carwash tickets. The tickets are $10 each. $5.00 goes to the operator, $2.50 is retained by the local Rotary club for its own programs and $2.50 goes to Wasrag. It’s a great WIN-WIN opportunity!
The attached flyer gives more information.
Clubs interested in getting involved should contact Wasrag’s Fundraising Team Leader Ellsworth Havens at firstname.lastname@example.org.