Watch for all of the back issues of the WASRAG Newsletters at      http://www.wasrag.org/newsletters 

Breaking News from The World Water Summit 10:  Friday, June 22, 2018, Delta Hotel, Toronto, Canada: UNICEF has just confirmed--Silvia Gaya will address the Summit. Silvia is the new UNICEF Senior Advisor Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.  All Rotarians will learn from her recent "hands-on"  experience in Madagascar and other developing countries. Silvia joins several other leaders in helping us do better: Peter Lochery of CAREChris Dunston of The Hilton FoundationRob Quick of the Center for Disease Control (CDC)and our own President-elect Barry Rassin. And there's much more to the day: Panel discussions on achieving lasting impact from WASH projects in Health Care Facilities and disease prevention. Add a sequel to last year's outstanding round-table discussions on WASH topics. An incredible, motivational experience. Don't miss out--sign up now to guarantee your place in this, the 10th anniversary WASRAG Summit-designed by Rotarians, for Rotarians.

To see what we are following this month, read more......

WASH Resources  Here are some great WASH resources that you might find useful! :

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology             The Water Network            Faecal Sludge Management - Practical Action in South Asia

Partnership for Handwashing     Brochures and Presentations

NEWS:

World Water Summit 10:  Friday, June 22, 2018, Delta Hotel, Toronto, Canada. promises to be better than World Water Summit 10 ever! JOIN US!  Learn what Rotarians can do to help the thousands of hospitals and healthcare facilities that lack safe water and sanitation. President-Elect Barry Rassin, a Hospital Administrator himself, will share how Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) projects impact the health of millions of people. The full-day program, that precedes the Rotary International Conference, will include roundtable discussions on current topics, panel discussions, and break-out sessions. The WASRAG member rate of $175, includes a light breakfast and full lunch. The program is being held at Toronto's Delta Hotel on Friday, June 22, 2018. Register Here 

WASRAG World Water Day Competition  What has your club done to build awareness in your community of Water and Sanitation issues? WASRAG will be awarding two prizes of $500 to projects that improve the quality of water and/or level of awareness in their community. One prize will be for the Best Project that has most impact, and the other prize will be for the Most Innovative Project. A brief description of the project needs to be submitted to info@wasrag.org by May 1st, 2018. Include in your description what you are doing, the target audience and the impact of the project. Remember to include your Club and District name and contact information. For project ideas go to http://www.worldwaterday.org/ 

Beer and Clean Water - Beers Rotarians Enjoy Worldwide (B.R.E.W.) is an official Rotary Fellowship group. Their goal is to become not only the largest Rotary fellowship, but to support clean water projects. BREW and WASRAG have formed a partnership to approach breweries around the world for donations towards clean water projects. Stay tuned. This group is very keen to get serious about fundraising. After all, the main ingredient in beer is clean water!

Become a Water Warrior  - Take a picture or a video, offering a glass of water, in one of the three Water Warrior Poses and then make a donation to The WASRAG Fund. The picture can be of you, with someone else, or even your whole Rotary club. Have fun with the idea and don't forget to post to Social Media. Learn more about this campaign by going to Water Warrior . Donations are tax-deductible in Canada and the USA, and support WASRAG's clean water and sanitation projects.

Engineering for CHANGE -  "How to Achieve Clean Water and Sanitation Access for Everyone", is the opening heading in the March issue of the Engineering for Change Newsletter.  Their website www.engineeringforchange.org has a wealth of information on water, sanitation, and health topics. An example under the Water section is an article "The Secret to Sustainable WASH Technology: Five Questions for Sean Furey"

Learn more about Rotary success in the WASRAG stories.
 

May 28 - Menstrual Hygiene Day: In 2014 the German-based NGO WASH United initiated May 28 as a global awareness day to help break the silence and build awareness about the role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. To learn more about this day and to obtain some excellent resources visit. http://menstrualhygieneday.org/

We Want to Help!  WASRAG has assembled a group of professionals to assist Rotary Clubs with their WASH projects. The team have experience in needs assessment, planning, grant preparation, implementation and WASH training. Members of the Professional Resources Team are from many countries, experienced in working in developing countries and are fluent in a number of languages. If you need help with a project send an email to: info@wasrag.org.  For more details visit  http://wasrag.org/page/resources-team

Calendar Of Events  

May 1, 2018 - DEADLINE for WASRAG World Water Day Competition

May 28, 2018 - MENSTRUAL HEALTH DAY http://menstrualhygieneday.org/ 

June 22, 2018 - World Water Summit 10 - WASH and Health - Toronto Canada http://www.wasrag.org/page/wws-10

Our Members Asked?  - WASRAG is extremely fortunate to count many dedicated and knowledgeable Rotarians on its team. Which is good - as our membership has lots of questions about the best technology to use on projects, how best to assess local needs, and best practices for sustainable projects.  We would like to start a new feature in the newsletter, where you ask the questions and we get answers from our experts and the readers. We will provide the input in a future newsletter. Send your email to info@wasrag.org and indicate QUESTION in the title

The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group is a group of Rotarians whose purpose is to support Rotary clubs to effectively plan, finance, implement, monitor and evaluate water, sanitation, and hygiene programs, where they are most needed in a collaborative, cost-effective, timely, and sustainable manner, true to the principles of Rotary International. Wasrag operates in accordance with Rotary International policy but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International. 

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.

To submit stories and pictures our Newsletter, please email: info@wasrag.org to the attention of Wasrag newsletter editors Ian Rumbles and Terri Black.

Wasrag needs your membership. Membership revenue helps cover our administrative costs, website upgrades, training, development of support materials etc. To check whether your membership has expired, email Anna Shepherd

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 wasrag.org website, please remember to include the name of your Rotary club and District number. Contact us at  info@wasrag.org if you need help with your posting.