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March 2024 is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month in Rotary


March 2024 is Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Month in Rotary

In March, the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club joins hands with Rotary Clubs worldwide to commemorate Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Month. In many parts of the world, access to clean water remains a luxury rather than a basic human right. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, an estimated 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, with some 785 million people lacking access to even a basic drinking water service. Around 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities. This stark reality underscores the urgency of Rotary's mission to provide sustainable solutions for communities in need.


Through strategic partnerships and grassroots initiatives, Rotary Clubs leverage their collective resources to implement projects that make a tangible difference in the lives of millions. From drilling boreholes and installing water purification systems to constructing latrines and promoting handwashing education, Rotary's impact resonates far and wide.


Rotary members are at the forefront of transformative projects that promote water security, improve sanitation infrastructure, and cultivate hygienic behaviors. By collaborating with local stakeholders, government agencies, and international organizations, Rotary fosters inclusive solutions tailored to the unique needs of each community.


Furthermore, Rotary's commitment to sustainability ensures that these interventions yield lasting benefits for generations to come. By prioritizing community engagement, capacity building, and long-term maintenance strategies, Rotary Clubs empower communities to take ownership of their water and sanitation initiatives, fostering a legacy of self-reliance and resilience.


In Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai International Rotary Club and Fig Garden Rotary Club (Fresno) joined forces to secure a Rotary International Water and Sanitation Global Grant, which has already made a significant impact in the region. Awarded in spring 2022, the grant helps provide clean water and sanitation facilities to 21 hill-tribe villages over three years. The implementation of this ambitious project is made possible through a strong partnership with the Integrated Tribal Development Foundation, a locally experienced organization. This collaboration ensures that the design and installation of the water systems are tailored to the unique needs of the communities they serve.

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