WASH Rotary Action Group Newsletter - November 2020
World Toilet Day - November 19
In 2012, the United Nations officially recognized November 19 as World Toilet Day as a way to bring awareness to the global sanitation crisis. It is estimated that 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and around 673 million people practice open defecation.

This year the theme is "Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change." You can find some excellent resources in multiple languages at WorldToiletDay.info. in addition to posters and graphics there are toolkits and social media resources.

The UN Site for World Toilet Day has resources on World Toilet Day, but emphasizes the UN Sustainability Goal 6 which is targeting Clean Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.

Fun Fact - The World Toilet Organization was founded on November 19, 2001. The same day as the first World Toilet Summit and the first World Toilet Day.
Webinar on WinS Project Sustainability
Join us for PART TWO of a three-part webinar series on global grants focused on WASH in Schools (WinS).

Part 2 is about SUSTAINABILITY:
  • Understand what TRF is looking for
  • How to build a sustainability plan
  • Ideas for embedding hygiene education into curriculum
  • Life cycle costing - what is it and how to use it

Presenters include TRF's Cadre Technical advisors, PDG Carolyn Johnson, Past WASH RAG Chair Ron Denham, EWB, and others.

This webinar will also feature a working breakout session offered in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The webinar will be offered twice:
Thursday, November 19 at 6 - 8 pm CST
Friday, November 20 at 10 am - 12 noon CST

The third webinar on Monitoring and Evaluation of WinS projects are scheduled for Jan 14 and Jan 15.
Great WASH Videos on YouTube

The UNC Water and Health Conference was held at the end of October. They recorded over 50 sessions and posted to their YouTube page.
Join the Operations Team
The WASH Rotary Action Group is still looking for someone to join the Operations Team to take the lead for the Communication and Marketing.

A nine-member Operations Team, reporting to the Board of Directors, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this group. For information on the positions visit:

The following Covering Letter explains how to apply. Deadline is November 30, 2020.
NEW Sanitation and Hygiene Fund
A new global fund called the Sanitation and Hygiene Fund was announced. This fund will provide global investment towards sanitation, hygiene, and menstrual health.

The fund will invest in country-led programs to accelerate progress in sustainable WASH areas.

To learn more visit shfund.org
Zoom into an Wash E-Club Meeting
The E-Club of WASH upcoming meetings are:
Tue Nov 24 -12 pm -Daniel Nyirenda, Rural Development
Thu Dec 3 - 8 pm -Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, Infectious
diseases and undernutrition in Latin America
Thu Dec 8 -12 pm -Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, repeat
Thu Dec 17 - 8 pm - Club Assembly

Use the Zoom address https://zoom.us/j/314362718
WASH Trivia Night - Dec 4, 2020
The E-Club of WASH is holding it's second virtual trivia night on Fri. Dec 4, at 8:00 pm ET. Everyone is invited.
This will once again be a lively and fun event with some friendly competition on a variety of topics.

To register to participate visit Virtual Trivia Night
WASH Rotary Action Group Projects
The WASH Rotary Action Group Project Page continues to grow with a variety of projects from around the globe. The project list provides Rotary members with a place to obtain expert advice and obtain financial support from other clubs for major project grants. Future newsletters will include a featured project and a few additional projects from the WASH Rotary Action Group Project page.
Building on Success
The success of future projects is generally based on the successful completion of a past project. The Rotary Club Toowong, Brisbane Australia, is looking for Clubs and Districts to partner with them to bring significant WASH projects to Papua New Guinea (PNG).

As you read through the excellent summary on the
Supurunda Water Supply Project, which involved a partnership with the Rotary Club of Goroka, PNG, it is very impressive to see the far reaching impact of this project on eight villages, completed with under $70,000.
Calendar of Events
Nov 19, 2020 - WORLD TOILET DAY

Nov 19 at 6 - 8 pm CST - WASH Project Sustainability
Nov 19 at 10am - 12 pm CST - WASH Project Sustainability

Dec 4 at 8 pm ET - WASH Virtual Trivia Night

Jan 14, 2021 - 7 pm ET - Monitoring and Evaluation in WinS Projects

Jan 15, 2021 - 11 am ET - Monitoring and Evaluation in WinS Projects

Mar 22, 2021 - WORLD WATER DAY

May 5, 2021 - HAND HYGIENE DAY



Oct 24, 2021 - World Polio Day
To submit stories, videos, and pictures for the WASRAG Newsletter send an email to info@wasrag.org.
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.