Expanding access to sanitation in the Philippines
More than 10 million households in the Philippines lack sanitation facilities, exposing communities to diseases like diarrhea and cholera. The Rotary Club of Intramuros-Manila had been partnering with an Australian club for two decades to provide water and sanitation to barangay around Manila when they learned about two mountain villages in need of facilities. Overcoming many obstacles, the clubs delivered 28 toilets to the families of indigenous Aeta who live on ancestral lands, accomplishing something no other organization had. Learn more
This week's stories
Stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka
In April 2020, members of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, launched Stop the Spread, a comprehensive effort to reduce new COVID-19 infections through behavior changes. The effort was a collaboration between members of Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact. Nearly 5,000 Interactors spread out through their community to advocate for wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing, and used their social media networks to blast daily messages about staying safe from the virus. Read more
Lessons from a WASH project
Rotary members increase access to clean water and sanitation in communities around the world through Rotary Foundation-funded projects. Successful projects begin with an assessment that builds relationships with community leaders and include lesson plans to teach the villagers safer sanitation habits. In his blog for Rotary Voices, Floren Naguit shares lessons his club learned in building toilets for remote villages in the Tarlac province of the Philippines. Read more
Rotary magazine's What Would You Do?
This issue's dilemma: Your club is hosting an exchange for young professionals. Rather than sending Rotaractors who have applied, the club president wants to send family members. What would you do? Send your response to magazine@rotary.org
Event celebrates 75 years of Rotary, UN
Join a celebration of Rotary’s 75 years of partnership with the UN during a livestream event 10 April, sponsored by four Rotary districts and featuring actress Téa Leoni, UN speakers, and RI president Holger Knaack. Learn more