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WASRAG Newsletter - February 2012

 | Published on 2/23/2012
Newsletter   February 2012

Rivers To Rain Takes the Measure of Guatemala's Watersheds

Guatemala's Rivers To Rain non-profit organization attempts to draw attention to the neglected side of the water equation, the side where water is gathered. Almost all attention given to water is on the extraction side of the equation - how much of it can we get out of the system? It is understandable that we should think of water in terms of what comes out of the tap. It should become equally understandable for us to appreciate nature's largesse as measured out for us watershed by watershed. Read More...

Stone Family Foundation Prize - Entries welcome 

The inaugural Stone Family prize for innovation and entrepreneurship in water will be accepting applications from Feb. 1 until World Water Day - March 22, 2012. The Foundation seeks new, innovative, sustainable and entrepreneurial initiatives focused on improving the quality and access to drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa and South and South East Asia.
Winning organizations will receive one of five £100,000 cash prizes to take their initiative to the next stage of its development. Individuals, NGOs, social enterprises and even for-profit companies are eligible for a prize, as long as they meet the criteria and can show their commitment and ambition to develop their initiative to achieve maximum impact. Read More... 

Rwanda: solar panels and pumps provide 8800 gal/day

On a medium sized mountain called Cyakabiri in the center of Rwanda, Binunga Village is located. The Urukundo Home for Children, started in 2006 by Arlene Brown, is there. The Center is home for 46 children, ages from 1 to 19 years. This project, funded by the Rotary Foundation through a Matching Grant initiated by the Rotary Club of Forest Hills in Pittsburgh, USA, and hosted by the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, pumps over 8800 gallons a day up a mountain to the orphanage/school and the village of 2500. In the past, infrequent rainwater required travel down the mountain to manually haul water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and livestock. This project, completed in Dec. 2011, using a spring fed reservoir, solar panels and pumps, frees women and children from the burden of hauling the water. For information email Thomas Nunnally.


New double logoUpdates to our website... 

Had a look at our website lately? Your Wasrag team has been working to make our site more user friendly. The first set of upgrades have now been uploaded. One important change is that any user can now sign up to fully use the site independent of Wasrag membership. However, we need your membership to support our ongoing work! So if you haven't joined yet, we urge you to consider becoming a member.

Included is an adjustment to our logo treatment: the Wasrag logo and the Start with Water program logo have been brought together to show how the two are integrated. We hope you like our new look! 


Rotary and UNESCO-IHE partner  

Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education are teaming up to tackle the world's water and sanitation crisis by increasing the ranks of trained professionals critically needed to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing countries that bear the brunt of the problem.
The Rotary Foundation will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor eight students each year for scholarships to any of three Master of Science degree programs at UNESCO-IHE, a United Nations institute in Delft, The Netherlands, that is the world's largest postgraduate water education facility. Read More... 

Gates Foundation Annual Letter - 2012 

A big supporter of endeavours of interest to Rotarians, The Gates Foundation has provided huge support for polio eradication - a water borne disease, and put up significant money for design of the ultimate toilet, amongst other supports. Bill Gate's 2012 annual letter provides inspirational reading about global progress, and future plans. Read More...

Rotarian 'Round the World Cookbook - End Polio Now  

Support polio eradication and enjoy flavours of the Rotary world! $5 from the sale of each cookbook goes to the End Polio Now campaign, and your club or district can receive credit from TRF for sales. The cookbook offers a unique collection of over 400 recipes from Rotary Districts in 150 countries. This is a program of the Rotary Club of Long Grove, Ill., USA. Read More...


New Projects...    

Several new projects have been posted on the Wasrag website in the last month. If you are looking for a project, follow the links to get more information.  


Sustainable and Safe Water for 22 rural schools in Rayong, Thailand.  

The Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya is seeking an international partner for its third Matching Grant for rural schools in Thailand's Rayong Province. At present the children drink untreated water, straining their immune systems. The Club needs an $11,000 contribution, for a total budget of $39,000 to provide filtration systems for 22 schools. Read More... 


El Portillo, Honduras Water Project.

Plans are underway to construct a borehole well in the village of El Portillo, Honduras in order to provide potable and sanitary water for an orphanage supporting 200 children and a nearby village of approximately 350 people.  The Rotary Club of Frisco Sunrise is seeking help.  Read More... 


Safe Water in Tunisia.

Le RC de Tunis Belvédère très sensibilisé aux problèmes d'accès à l'eau a réalisé un projet similaire dans le gouvernorat de Kairouan. Sollicité par les villageois de Belgouth il s'est rendu sur place pour faire une évaluation des besoins et étudier la faisabilité technique du projet. Connaissant très bien la Tunisie, le Gouverneur du D 1770 Gérard Duval a souhaité placer son année rotarienne sous le signe de la Tunisie en initiant plusieurs actions avec ce pays. Il a donc travaillé avec son homologue du D 9010, le Gouverneur Mohamed Ghammam, qui l'a mis en contact avec le Club de Tunis Belvédère à la recherche d'un partenaire.   Read More...


PhirPhire Water Project, Western Nepal

The Rotary Club of Nuneaton (UK) and the Rotary Club of Damaul are seeking help to provide drinking water to a rural community in Western Nepal, by pumping water from an existing spring to a convenient point adjacent to the local school and medical post.  It is proposed to do this by solar power.  Read More...   

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