How Important is Clean Water?
WASRAG is holding a competition encouraging Rotarians to improve the quality of water or increase awareness of water issues in their community. What ever is best for your community - the choice is yours.
 
Submit a brief report by December 1, 2019 indicating the target audience and the expected impact. Photos and media releases are encouraged. You could win
$500 US for the most impactful project
$500 US for the most innovative project
 
Clubs are starting to make submissions. For more details go to World Polio Day Competition.
 
You can read submissions from 2019 World Water Day Competition to get ideas
 
Limited Space for World Water Summit 12
After January 1, 2020, space will be limited for attendance at World Water Summit 12. It is important to register now before all the seats are gone.
 
Rotary and the United Nations have formed a close relationship over the past 75 years. Many joint activities have revolved around clean water and sanitation projects.
 
In addition to celebrating the long relationship with the UN, WWS-12 will focus on how to build and maintain successful partnerships in order to have larger and more impactful WASH programs/projects.
 
The World's # 2 Man
World Toilet Day is November 19. It was established in 2001 by the World Toilet Organization, and officially recognized by the UN in 2013.
 
Worldwide over 4 billion people do not have access to safely managed sanitation and almost 700 million people practice open defecation.
 
 
November 19 was selected as World Toilet Day, because that is Jack Sim's birthday.
 
.. more - and much more on Toilets
To learn more about the importance of toilets, especially in schools, read Rotarian Mark Balla's book " Toilet Warrior".
 
In the book you will learn about people like Jack Sim, Rose George, Sushil Gupta, Ramesh Aggarwal and many more who are passionately putting their time, energy, and money towards making a difference.
 
The book provides excellent guidance on fund-raising, importance of hand washing with soap, making tough decisions on what projects not to undertake, and the topic of menstrual hygiene.
 
Balla also recognizes the role Rotary is making in getting sustainable sanitation and hygiene projects established.
 
Rotary International receives a portion of proceeds from the book. To order your copy go to www.toiletwarrior.net
 
Household Water Filters & Testing
A Vision for Clean Water has coordinated with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST), to produce a 4 day workshop (April 24-26, 2020) that will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to implement, monitor and evaluate household water treatment and storage and small community water supplies in developing countries.
 
For details and to register visit Water Workshop.
 
Navajo Water Project
Sun Lakes Rotary Club has received two Global Grants, and is now working on its third, to bring running water to hundreds of homes of the Navajo Nation, Arizona, USA.
 
Understand the issue facing these native people by reading " Water is Life on the Navajo Nation" or watching this PBS video to see what Rotary is doing.
 
SkyHydrant meets needs of Colombia Schools
The Rotary Club of Bogota Teusaquillo, Colombia, and the Rotary Club of Endeavour Hills, Australia joined to get a Global Grant from The Rotary Foundation to provide clean water to over 9,800 students in 50 schools in the regions of Cundinamarca, Boyaca and Huila, Colombia.
 
Using a deep well and SkyHydrant technology the installations are sustainable safe solutions for providing water to the schools. To read more about this project go to Marquee Colombia Schools Project.
 
Israel's WASH Symposium 2019
Every two years, the Water and Sanitation Committee of Rotary District 2490 - Israel, plans a symposium on technology, education and awareness of water and sanitation challenges worldwide, in conjunction with Water Technology and Environment Control (WATEC).
 
The symposium will be on Thurs. Nov 21, 2019 in Ashdod, Israel from 8 am to 4 pm, consisting of keynote speakers and breakout sessions. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register and obtain more details.
Calendar of Events
Nov 19, 2019 - WORLD TOILET DAY
 
Dec 1 - DEADLINE FOR WORLD POLIO DAY COMPETITION SUBMISSIONS
 
March 22, 2020 - WORLD WATER DAY
 
May 28, 2020 - MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY
 
Jun 5, 2020 - WORLD WATER SUMMIT 12, Honolulu, Hawaii
NOTE: Register NOW as seats are limited after December 31, 2019
 
Oct 15, 2020 - GLOBAL HANDWASHING DAY
 
Oct 24, 2020 - WORLD POLIO DAY
To submit stories, videos, and pictures for the WASRAG Newsletter send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) is pleased to consider partnerships with any corporate supporter. Due to the unique attributes of water sources and water provision, acceptance of corporate support does not imply an endorsement of any particular water technology. Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and Rotary partners must evaluate any technology to determine if it is the best solution for the conditions where the program will be implemented. WASRAG can provide guidance about where different technologies work best, but Rotarians and Rotary clubs must make the final decision about how to implement their programs.
 

 


Nadia lives by Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset‘s words: ‘I am I plus my surroundings, and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself.’ This links back to all the great influences in her life, including her parents and previous leadership teams she’s worked for.

Nadia explains: ‘I am thankful for positive influences in my life and I do not attribute my personal journey to any one person. Inspirational people and experiences have played an important role in the continuous development of my professional career and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. I have worked for institutions with exceptional people, built on sound principles, and at their core incredible leadership structures which have had a profound impact on my life. My parents are an inspiration and make a big difference in the communities they serve. Growing up, my brothers and I were surrounded by various impact initiatives, which formed a large part of who we are today.

’One such initiative is the Sešego Foundation, which her mom founded 14 years ago and for which Nadia is a passionate ambassador. Sešego was established to make a sustainable difference in the lives of vulnerable people in South Africa. The ethos of Sešego hinges on the spirit of ubuntu to mobilise people willing to offer their time, skills, and donations to help various socially significant projects in communities across southern Africa.  The foundation is making a real difference, having touched the lives of over a million people, and financially and in-kind contributed in excess of R38 million to help communities so far.

Says Nadia: ‘I support Sešego because of its measurable impact initiatives and strong governance structures. We need more investable causes such as Sešego, and that’s where I believe the profession can play a big role.’

‘We are responsible for one another; the future is dependent upon a network of socially responsible citizens.’

The chartered accounting profession can put these words into action, explains Nadia, by using specific, established skill sets to make a meaningful impact. Sešego is just one example of what can be done.

With over 100 000 registered not-for-profit organisations in South Africa, Nadia believes we can make a real difference in while protecting resources, challenging injustices, and welcoming new possibilities.

Some of the key challenges business leaders – especially CSI causes – face is to produce meaningful reports, ensure compliance, and address sustainability. ‘Integrated reporting, in particular, is invaluable and provides a framework we can utilise to assist CSI causes to demonstrate how they create and sustain value to attract more supporters for their cause. It allows us to demonstrate an ethical code of conduct to address the issues of environmental, social and corporate governance, as well as sustainability, sound financial management practices and socially responsible investing, while promoting transparency and good corporate governance,’ says Nadia.Another challenge faced by CSI causes is access to good quality and trusted impact data and analyses. This presents another opportunity where the profession can make an impact. CAs(SA) can introduce innovative ways and improved solutions to track and measure the impact of projects. If CSI causes can quantitatively illustrate the impact of their initiatives, they can energise and mobilise volunteers and supporters to further develop vulnerable individuals and communities.

Through awareness of the profession’s responsibility to promote and support sustainable goals, Nadia feels the profession can leverage its leadership role in society and become a critical player by creating value in protecting resources now and in the future. As CAs(SA) we have an opportunity to differentiate ourselves and become a centre on excellence for research and advice to support the UN’s SDGs.

Nadia believes we all have a responsibility to live our lives in a socially, economically and environmentally conscious way, in line with the UN’s SDGs. She says we can do so not just on a business level but on a personal one too, which includes something as simple as supporting local entrepreneurs, artists, products, and socially responsible businesses that give back to communities.

For those inspired by Nadia’s story to support CSI causes and transform the world community by community, she shares a snippet from Mary Oliver’s poem ‘The Summer Day’: ‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?’

There are myriad ways the chartered accounting profession, both as individuals and overall, can make a sustainable contribution. The success of CSI causes overall is largely dependent on the collective, whether investing financially in the cause, creating awareness or giving of time through volunteering or mentoring.

So let’s each make use of our own talents and strengths and help make the world a better place. Here are some of the ways you can make a difference:
• Mentoring and providing strategic guidance to entrepreneurs, small businesses and NGOs as future business leaders
• Sponsoring a student or providing internships for in-house training
• Sharing ideas and fostering innovation with the industry
• Supporting, transferring and teaching financial literacy
• Sharing insight into good corporate governance and compliance principles• Incubating new or start-up businesses, which are critical to the success of our country given the high unemployment rate
• Introducing innovative ways and improved solutions to track and measure the impact of projects

You can take things a step further by adopting an SDG and partnering with a CSI cause or platform such as Sešego, which can assist you to identify additional opportunities or investable causes through which to make an impact.    

Professional volunteers are the key to delivery of the sustainable development goals faster and more effectively – so heed the call to stand up, stand for a cause and take action today.

New Youth Exchange promotional graphics

Share your pride in Rotary Youth Exchange with our graphics and new GIFs.

Post and share them on social media to show you love Rotary Youth Exchange!
 

VIEW THE GIFS

 

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Do you have any questions about the Rotary Club ? Check out these Rotary FAQs

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects .... Read More

Get hold of our admin