Water and Sanitation
In rural Ghana, Rotary members supply clean water and sanitation facilities to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Clean water is a basic need for human beings. When people, especially children, have access to clean water, they live healthier and more productive lives. However, at least 3,000 children die each day from diseases caused by unsafe water, which is what motivates our members to build wells, install rainwater harvesting systems, and teach community members how to maintain new infrastructure.
While very few people die of thirst, millions die from preventable waterborne diseases, providing the impetus for our members to also improve sanitation facilities in undeveloped countries. Members start by providing toilets and latrines that flush into a sewer or safe enclosure and then add education programs to promote hand-washing and other good hygiene habits.
Read news about Rotary's work with water and sanitation
- Rotary helps Ghana surpass clean water goals
- Jack Sim wants you to talk about toilets
- Water summit urges collaboration to quench world's thirst
- Engineering sustainable water solutions in Latin America
- A global thirst for water