More than 660 million people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water and 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation facilities. Although comparatively few people die from thirst, waterborne diseases claim the lives of nearly 1,000 children each day.
A GATEWAY TO MANY HUMANITARIAN BENEFITS
Accessibility to clean water and sanitation prevents waterborne diseases and reduces the time spent securing water from distant sources, enabling mothers to devote more time to helping their families earn a living and children to receive an education. As a result, our work in providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene is catalytic to efforts in Rotary’s other areas of focus: fighting disease, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies, and promoting peace.
Rotary carries out sustainable projects – a goal of our strategic plan – to bring positive, lasting change to communities locally and globally. One of our areas of focus is working with communities to develop and maintain sustainable access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
Rotarians support communities’ efforts to improve access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) through creation of infrastructure, such as boreholes, rainwater harvesting systems, ventilated pit latrines, and hand-washing stations. Rotarians also invest in training and educational opportunities for community members to operate and maintain these systems for the long-term.