Delft, 14 Jun 2021

Invitation for IHE Delft Alumni to support Rotary’s WASHRAG

IHE Delft has built a strong partnership with Rotary International in the last 10 years. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is one of Rotary’s seven Areas of focus. Thanks to the scholarship given by Rotary to IHE Delft, more than 100 professionals from all over the world have been able to complete their MSc Diploma at the Institute. The scholars have pursued or are following Master programmes in Urban Water and Sanitation, Water Science & Engineering and Water Management & Governance.

To broaden the relationship, IHE Delft is keen to support the WASH Rotary Action Group, WASHRAG, facilitating the connection between IHE Delft Alumni and Rotary Clubs leading projects worldwide. The technical and managerial know-how and local expertise of alumni can be of great value because these skills are often not present in the supporting Rotary Clubs. 

IHE Delft would like to invite all Alumni who are willing to help their communities and be involved as a professional advisor in one of the Rotary projects, to let us know, by filling in the registration form. Please read in the text below about the initiative and its achievements. Registered alumni will be informed about future Rotary projects in their country by IHE Delft, as soon as they are known. After receiving the information, interested alumni will be able to contact, directly the leaders of the project at the relevant Rotary clubs, to discuss the needs and come to an agreement.

You do not have to be a member of Rotary to support this initiative. We are interested to know, however, if you are a Rotarian, so please indicate that on the form or replaying this email.

> Registration form link

> IHE Delft Rotary partnership link


Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the Rotary World

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene is one of Rotary’s seven Areas of Focus. All 35,000 Rotary Clubs, in 200 countries, are encouraged to support relevant projects to improve life and livelihood of peoples everywhere. The main regions of interest are sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and south- and south-east Asia.

Supported by Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation (TRF), coupled with support from governments, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, it is estimated that Rotarians have led, or participated in, well over US$100 million of WASH projects annually. Rotary has also offered over 100 scholarships to excellent water professionals to study at the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Since 2012 TRF, often in collaboration with the US Agency for International Development, has been a significant player in major WASH programs. The first phase of the program (2012-2016) saw TRF commit US$1 million to each of three programs in the Dominican Republic, Ghana and the Philippines, respectively. The second phase, still underway, saw a doubled commitment--US$2 million for WASH programs in each of Ghana, Uganda and a third country yet to be identified.

 The impact of this program is seen in Ghana alone:

-36 Rotary clubs, committed 15,500 volunteer hours,

-98 communities and 6 health care facilities gained access to safe potable water service,

-123 schools and 4 health care facilities gained access to basic sanitation.

Another significant initiative is “WASH in Schools” (WinS), launched in India, Kenya and Belize. Based on a UNICEF model, with strong support from the Indian Government, this program has brought safe water and sanitation to over 20,000 schools in India, and a planned 150,000 by 2025, plus many elsewhere.

 Those large-scale programs catch the attention of the reader. But even more significant from the viewpoint of Rotary Clubs and host communities are the approximately 5000 water projects across the world, many as small as US$20,000, that are truly transforming the lives and livelihoods of millions of people.  They include drilling boreholes, providing filters, building small dams and rainwater harvesting systems, toilets and latrines for households and schools, providing hand-washing facilities and soap, irrigation, building capacity, training the local community to manage the water system, helping to change attitudes and behaviour and helping local entrepreneurs set up WASH-based businesses.

Another example of Rotary capacity is India where 165,000 Rotarians in 3400 Clubs have committed to restoring water resources including 10,000 check dams, 10,000 water bodies and 50,000 rainwater harvesting systems. Over 25,000 villages will be WASH self-sufficient, 14 million households will have piped water connections. A parallel thrust is building 1000 toilet blocks for community use, all complemented by capacity building, and advocacy.

In short, Rotary clubs, with support from TRF and the WASH Rotary Action Group, have truly transformed the lives of millions of people in the developing world.

But all these valuable initiatives require technical and managerial know-how (and local expertise) that often is not present in the supporting Rotary Club, therefore WASH Rotary Action Group comprises a cadre of water experts committed to provide this kind of technical advice to the Rotary Clubs and TRF, in the field or from a distance. 

We will be really honoured to work together to improve the life and livelihood of peoples worldwide.



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