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Providing Clean Water

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Clean water, sanitation, and hygiene education are basic necessities for a healthy environment and a productive life.

When people have access to clean water and sanitation, waterborne diseases decrease, children stay healthier and attend school more regularly, and mothers can spend less time carrying water and more time helping their families.

How Rotary makes help happen

Through water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, Rotary’s people of action mobilize resources, form partnerships, and invest in infrastructure and training that yield long-term change.

Our impact on clean water and sanitation

The Rotary Foundation is changing the world by providing grants for projects and activities around the globe and in your own backyard:

Rotary-USAID Partnership: Rotary has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda to implement sustainable, long-term programs to improve water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene.

WASH in Schools Target Challenge: Rotary has challenged our members to develop sustainable water, sanitation, and hygiene education projects in five countries: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, India, and Kenya.

WASH projects: Since 2013, The Rotary Foundation has invested in more than 1,000 WASH projects in more than 100 countries. Through grants from The Rotary Foundation and fundraising by Rotary clubs, our volunteers have supported water purification, hygiene education, latrine construction, and waste management.

Rotary WASH scholars: Rotary invests in building the knowledge and skills of WASH professionals through global grant scholarships.

  • $24.00

    is all it takes to provide one person with safe water

  • 110.00

    schools in Ghana have better sanitation and hygiene due to Rotary-USAID partnership

  • 2030.00

    is the year Rotary hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water, sanitation, and hygiene

Rotary WASH scholarships

Rotary invests in building the thought leadership of tomorrow through scholarships for professionals in the water, sanitation and hygiene. "My experience as a global grant scholar gave me the opportunities to access the amazing skillsets and networks needed to be in the positions that I am working in today to ultimately help drive the tipping point of change for this sector (WASH) so that universal access to safe and hygienic toilets are a functioning reality for everyone everywhere." — Jasmine Burton, founder of Wish for WASH and Master of Science in public health student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

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