District 7390 News and Events
Rotary International designates the month of March as Water and Sanitation Month and the United Nations designates March 22 each year as World Water Day (see www.worldwaterday.org). These sources state that over 663 million people do not have safe water near their homes. Twice that many do not have adequate sanitation. Nearly 6,000 people die every day, mostly children under the age of five, due to waterborne illness. To put that in context, that is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing everyday or a full stadium on City Island. Rightfully, people are upset when Flint, Michigan has a water disaster, a chemical spill in West Virginia takes place, and even a boil alert in Harrisburg creates a large but temporary “inconvenience.”
Please read the cover story “Unfit to Drink” in the Rotarian March 2017 magazine (see also Aug 2009 and Nov 2011). For the 663 million, however, there is nothing temporary about the lack of safe drinking water. Their situation is permanent unless someone does something about it. That is why Water and Sanitation is one of the six global grant areas of focus. Rotarians throughout the world and many clubs is District 7390 have given generously of their time, talent, and financial resources to alleviate poor water conditions using simple technologies such as bucket and bio-sand filters, one community at a time.
When searching for such a project for your club, perhaps turn to the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group at www.wasrag.org for information and a world-wide projects list. You can even attend their world summit meeting in Atlanta on June 10.
Most recently, I had the privilege of inducting a new Rotarian, Bruce Lindsey, at a local club. Bruce is a member of the Water and Sanitation e-club which is based in New Zealand (D-9980) but conducts its meetings online. Bruce, who works for the U.S. Geological Survey, and other members of this new and growing club bring a huge technical infusion of knowledge to assist Rotarians in Water and Sanitation areas. You can make-up a meeting with this e-club at www.rotarywasheclub.org and find water resources.
Think how your club can take part in this life-saving effort. Please contact our District Water and Sanitation chair James Good at [email protected] for more information on how you can help.
2016-17 District 7390 Governor
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