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Wasrag’s vision: The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group seeks a world where all people have ongoing access to enough safe water, effective sanitation, and hygiene education, to live a healthy, happy, and peaceful life.

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Wasrag’s vision:The Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group seeks a world where all people have ongoing access to enough safe water, effective sanitation, and hygiene education, to live a healthy, happy, and peaceful life.


Operations plan:- worldwide using RI structure- the skills of local & global Rotarians- common commitment to help others



Rotary Clubs, TRF:

Many thousands of projects in over 50 countries

But more needs to be done:

Sustainability: still working 10 years later


Increasing the effectiveness of

Rotary-led projects

  • Regional Teams:
  • every country/district
  • establish priorities
  • provide in-country leadership
  • plan, support, monitor, evaluate

How this works:

  • Regional Team knows what is going on in the district;
  • Needs Assessments – Program Planning and Performance teams (PPP teams)

How this works (cont’d):

  • Regional Team works with PPP team to set priorities
  • Together outline long term plan
  • Identify technological solutions and partners
  • Create “endorsed projects”
  • List on website

Rotary Clubs in donor countries:- select the right project for them from list of “endorsed” projects- meet FV objectives + Wasrag criteria


It all comes back to the Regional Team.

  • Donor clubs, districts, PPP teams continue to assist Regional Teams

Make-up of Regional Teams

  • committed to vision
  • WASH Rotary leaders

Regional Team Leader

      • - Skills/interest
  • Wasrag liaison
  • District Governor
  • Additional Team members
  • Key local/int’l NGO
      • - Demonstrated skills

Regional Teams:

  • Ethiopia
  • Kenya
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Cambodia
  • Viet Nam
  • India
  • Honduras
  • El Savador
  • and many more

In Donor countries

  • Regional Teams – district or zone level
  • assist with PPP, Regional Teams, support and implement programs and projects
linking rotarians projects regional teams
Linking Rotarians, projects, Regional Teams:
  • Peter Fritz (Germany)
  • Paul Dawson (United Kingdom)
  • Hakim Zahar (Canada)
  • Paul Bishop (USA)
  • Alan Watson (New Zealand)
what is the purpose of ppp
What is the Purpose of PPP?

a) Within a region of a country

  • locate all water access points
  • locate all sanitation facilities
  • identify current hygiene practices

b) Assess local needs as identified by the community

c) Assess ability to meet government standards where applicable

what is the purpose of ppp cont
What is the Purpose of PPP? (cont.)

d) Identify programs and priorities to address any needs

e) Continually evaluate performance of improved systems to

  • assess function and sustainability
  • assess compliance with standards and
  • assure community needs are met
how will success be measured
How will success be measured?
  • Effective Regional Teams
  • Baseline needs assessments undertaken and completed
  • Number of projects monitored and evaluated
  • Confirmation that endorsed projects are identified and uploaded to the website
  • Implementation of programs that are technically, culturally and financially sound
what is program planning baseline assessment
What is Program Planning?(Baseline Assessment)
  • Regional Team and Wasrag select region/watershed
  • Regional Team and Wasrag select Team Leader and remainder of team-team size based upon scope and logistics of assignment-
  • Field site visit is scheduled and implemented (1-week +)
      • GPS all sites
      • Interview leaders and community members
      • Assess capability of existing facilities
      • Identify needs and desires of community members
what is program planning cont
What is Program Planning? (cont.)
  • Summarize data and prepare report
  • Work with community and Regional Team to prioritize projects
  • Post report and endorsed project list on website
what tools are available to the team
What tools are available to the ‘Team’?
  • Equipment and materials required for interviews and data collection
  • Assistance in planning transportation to and from the field site
  • Local arrangements in the field site for transportation, translators, food and lodging
  • Access to a cadre of experts who have been part of a similar assignment
what tools are available to the team cont
What tools are available to the ‘Team’? (cont.)

e) Our website, which includes

  • A forum to exchange ideas and lessons learned
  • Access to ‘ask an expert’
  • Program/project list with search capability
  • A learning center
  • Communication tools, such as brochures and presentations

f) Leadership at Wasrag available to provide support

does the team have a budget
Does the ‘Team’ have a budget?

A. Expected to be a ‘volunteer’ team-

B. Local transportation, lodging and meals may be furnished-

C. May be site specific

how long does an assignment take
How long does an assignment take?

Each assignment is expected to be for three months or less, including

  • Team selection
  • Training
  • Travel arrangements
  • Field visit – one to two weeks
  • Preliminary and final report
what is performance evaluation
What is Performance Evaluation?
  • Local community members monitor completed projects in exchange for access to training, spare parts, etc.

‘We furnish what they need in exchange for what we need.’

  • The monitors will use cell phone technology to link data on their projects to the ‘Start with Water’ web site in real time.
a water sanitation health plan for remba island kenya
A Water, Sanitation & Health Plan for Remba Island, Kenya
  • By Wasrag’s Program Planning & Performance Field Team: John Dracup (Team Leader), Mark Bean, Jack Christian, Kathy Dracup and Ella Lacey.
  • Members of the Rotary Club of the Great Rift Valley, Nakuru, Kenya: George Ogombe, Henry Janango, Dorothy Ngaruiya.
a water sanitation health plan for remba island kenya1
A Water, Sanitation & Health Plan for Remba Island, Kenya
  • Members of Partners in Community Transitions: Jeremy Penner, Patrick Mbullo, Vincent Owino & Julius Ownor.
  • A twelve person team
remba island kenya
Remba Island, Kenya
  • 10,000 people on an Island one kilometer in length by 0.5 kilometers in width in the middle of Lake Victoria.
  • No clean water, no sanitation and no electricity.
  • Solid rock does not allow wells to be drilled.
genesis of this project
Genesis of this project
  • UCSF’s funding of FACES – funds to Jeremy Penner, M.D. for HIV projects in western Kenya
  • Installation of health clinic on Remba Island & the need for a resident nurse
  • Kenyan Ministry of Health required clean water & sanitation before staffing a nurse.
  • $80,000 for Life Straws in Remba Island

Objectives for Remba Island

  • Clean water for 10,000 people: 10,000 X 10 liters per person per day = 100,000 liters
  • One latrine per one hundred people = 100 latrines
  • Weekly Island cleaning of trash by the Island’s Water & Sanitation & Health Committee (WASH)
  • Books, uniforms and equipments for the public school
the clean water solution
The clean water solution

A pump storage system from the lake to a 10,000 liter raw water tank.

Gravity flow through SkyHydrant microfilters

Storage in a 24,000 liter clean water tank

Distribution to eight kiosks each with 4 faucets

approximate costs
Approximate costs
  • Total water system costs – approximately $150,000
  • Total of about $15 per person on Remba Island for this clean water system.
water distribution procedures water costs
Water distribution procedures & water costs
  • The water distribution will be open every day from 5am to 7pm = 14 hours.
  • Water tokens will be sold in the local stores for 2.0 Ksh ($0.025) per 20 liters.
  • Current bottled water cost is $10.00 per 20 liters.
latrines debris removal school equipment
Latrines, Debris removal School Equipment

One hundred biogas latrines will cost $500 X 100 = $50,000

Debris collection and removal will cost $500 per month

School books and uniforms will cost $20 per student = $2,000 per year.


Funding and Construction Schedule

  • Obtaining funding for the project: present to
  • Spring of 2012
  • July – December 2012, construction of pumped storage water system
  • January – June 2013, construction of the biogas latrines.
  • July 2013 – December 2013, completion of the project with the supply of school uniforms and books.

Future Rotary Funding Sources

  • Olympia, WA., Rotary Club #72, District 5020 – Global Grant under Future Vision program
  • Rotary Club of the Great Rift Valley, Nukuru, Kenya and RI District #9200 are part of the RI Future Vision program.

Other Potential Funding

  • Seven Rotary Clubs in the Olympia, WA., area
  • Seven Rotary Clubs in the Dallas, TX., area
  • Clear solutions for clean water

Thank you!

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“Endorsed” Projects- through “Start with Water” process (i.e. regional team/PPP)- Rotary Club project following similar path

endorsed projects what is important is appropriate planning that leads to sustainability

“Endorsed” ProjectsWhat is important is appropriate planning that leads to sustainability


“Endorsed” Projects – Criteria:

Assessment of Needs

Community Ownership

Long term viability

Appropriate technology

Commitment of long term support by Rotary Club & partners (5 years)


“Endorsed” Projects –

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