According to the United Nations, there are still 663 million people round the world that don’t have access to wash beverage.* When people, especially children, have access to wash water, sanitation, and hygiene, they lead healthier and more successful lives.
Rotary members integrate water, sanitation, and hygiene into education projects. When children study disease transmission and practice good hygiene, they miss less school and that they can take those lessons home to their families.
During March, Rotary Water and Sanitation Month, take action to supply clean water and sanitation in your communities:
Improve sanitation facilities by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure.
Promote good hygiene habits through education. Proper hand washing with soap and water can reduce diarrhea cases by up to 35 percent.
Implement rainwater harvesting systems to gather and store rainwater for drinking or recharging underground aquifers. Build wells to extract groundwater from underground aquifers.
Provide home water-treatment capability through the utilization of filters, solar disinfection, or flocculants, to form beverage safe.
Promote low-cost solutions, like chlorine tablets or plastic bottles which will be exposed to sunlight, to enhance water quality.
The Rotary Club of Villa Real de Tegucigalpa in Honduras has been supporting an area grade school during a nearby village. The varsity has not received any aid from the government in years and lacks electricity, a water system; the toilet has no sewer system, and has unsanitary latrines.
The club has been supporting the varsity by remodeling classrooms, doors, the roof, painting the building also as donating desks and books in partnership with their club. The club is committed to investing within the community and needs to expand their project to enhance water and sanitation at the varsity. Support this project.