Global effort for a healthier world

As March unfolds, Rotary takes centrestage in celebrating its steadfast commitment to addressing the critical issues of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Across the globe, Rotary clubs actively engage in impactful initiatives, making great strides in these essential areas.

Collaborating with partners such as World Vision, UNICEF, Red Cross and Clean Water to Schools, Rotary clubs play a critical role in implementing WASH projects in their communities. From the development of gender-specific toilets to the installation of sanitary pad vending machines and training sessions on menstrual hygiene, these local efforts contribute to creating hygienic environments, fostering health, and eliminating barriers to education.

Beyond the Wash in Schools programme, Rotary clubs initiate diverse projects in collaboration with local organisations. Rainwater harvesting, river rejuvenation and pond excavation are examples of initiatives that not only stimulate local economies but also foster sustainable development. Simultaneously, hygiene and sanitation training in villages ensures that the benefits of improved WASH practices reach every corner, promoting lasting change.

Since 2013, Rotary clubs, in partnership with TRF, have invested over $130 million in more than 2,000 WASH projects globally. This collective effort underscores the pivotal role of volunteers of action in enhancing access to safe and basic WASH services in communities, schools and healthcare facilities, while also preserving water resources for future generations.

In collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Rotary actively assists communities and governments in planning, financing, and delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene services. This holistic approach ensures the sustainable management of water resources, promoting resilience and self-sufficiency in the communities.

As we reflect on the impactful work carried out by Rotary clubs globally, let March be a month of recognition and celebration for our shared commitment to create a world where everyone has access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene. Each local initiative contributes to Rotary’s larger journey of service and transformative change on a global scale, marking another milestone in our collective pursuit of a healthier and more sustainable world.

Anirudha Roychowdhury
RI Director, 2023–25

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