“Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and, therefore, a basic human right. Contaminated water jeopardizes both the physical and social health of all people. It is an affront to human dignity”
Kofi Annan, former United Nations Secretary-General
We need your help to tell the members of your club about the Rotary Water Summit to be held in Los Angeles on June 12th, immediately prior to the RI Convention.
This is one of a number of initiatives of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Group (WASRAG). This group was approved by RI in February 2007 and launched on World Water Day, March 22nd, 2007.
The mandate of this Action Group (www.wasrag.org) is to assist clubs everywhere to implement or support water/sanitation projects. WASRAG’s members are compassionate and dedicated Rotarians from over 44 countries who are committed to bringing safe water and sanitation to over 1.2 billion people who lack access to safe water and the 2.4 billion who lack access to adequate sanitation.
Some of WASRAG’s achievements to-date include:
† Creation of the website
† Opening the door to multi-million dollar grants from the private sector
† Implementing the Tap Project with UNICEF (www.tapproject.org)
† Helping clubs find partners for their projects
† Providing information on technologies and resources
† Representing Rotarians at international water conventions, conferences, etc.
† Coordinating projects within a country or region
† Creating the DVD documentary Rotary – the Water Story (http://wasrag.org/downloads.php?resources=37 for use by clubs and local media
Everyone attending the Water Summit will learn how to become involved in a successful water/sanitation project and, even more importantly, how to ensure that it is sustainable.
Please go to the WASRAG site: www.wasrag.org. Under “Event Highlights” click on the link to: WASRAG Water & Sanitation Conference to access on-line registration.
Yours in Rotary,
Ron Denham, General Coordinator
Water Resource Group
March 10th, 2008