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October 2014 [Special Edition]| Connect. Partner. Serve.
Upcoming webinar series can help you improve your water, sanitation, and hygiene project’s impact

Worldwide, 2.5 billion people lack adequate sanitation facilities, and an estimated 748 million people don’t have access to clean drinking water.

Much of this need can be addressed by well thought out projects and programs, says Bill Boyd, past Rotary International president and the current chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag).

To expand upon the May 2014 World Water Summit in Sydney, Australia, Rotary and Wasrag are hosting a free three-part webinar series, World Water e-Summit. It will provide expert guidance on conducting sustainable projects at the local, national, and international levels.

Whether you are interested in planning your first water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) project or are ready to broaden an existing initiative, join us to hear about collaborative strategies to kick-start your Rotary project.

Read about the series and use the links below to register for this free opportunity.

World Water e-Summit 1: Working With Governments

Thursday, 23 October, 10:00-11:00 Chicago time (convert to your local time)

Experts offer strategies for working with local and national governments to build your project’s sustainability and increase its impact.

Moderated by Rotarian Bob Wubbena, immediate past vice chair of Wasrag. Panelists include:

  • Dr. Braimah Apambire, Center for International Water & Sustainability, Desert Research Institute, Nevada, USA
  • Ako Odotei, Rotary Club of Tema, Accra, Ghana
  • Ben Ampomah, executive secretary of Ghana's Water Resources Commission


World Water e-Summit 2: Working With Non-governmental Organizations

Wednesday, 29 October, 10:00-11:00 Chicago time (convert to your local time)

Experts discuss strategies for partnering with groups unaffiliated with governments to benefit from their subject-matter expertise, involve the local community, and add sustainability to your WASH project.

Moderated by Rotarian Bob Wubbena, immediate past vice chair of Wasrag. Panelists include:

  • Eric Lungren, director of international programs, Africare, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Past District Governor Nancy Gilbert, Rotary Club of West Shore (Victoria), British Columbia, Canada; international development consultant


Rotary International

Be a part of Rotary’s Livestream event celebrating World Polio Day on 24 October! Hear inspiring stories, musical performances, and more.


Hold a fun, informal event in your community and introduce the public to your club and Rotary. It just might inspire someone to join!

World Water e-Summit 3: Working With the Private Sector

Wednesday, 5 November, 10:00-11:00 Chicago time (convert to your local time)

Industry experts recommend strategies for working with businesses to secure resources and plan and implement sustainable WASH projects.

Moderated by Rotarian Bob Wubbena, immediate past vice chair of Wasrag. Panelists include:

  • Jim Imrie, general manager of Lifecycle Services, GE Water & Process Technologies
  • David Angas, Rotary Club of Oakville-West, Ontario, Canada
  • Gwenn Van Schalkwyk, Rotary Club of Letaba, South Africa


Resources & reference

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