Start a new service project today!

By Chelsea Mertz and Rebecca Hirschfeld, Rotary Service staff

Does your club want to try a new type of service project or want to find a project in another region to partner on and are not sure where to start?

The Project Lifecycle Kit tools can help with all your service project needs. These online resources guide your project from inception to implementation while also facilitating connections with other Rotarians around the world. Rotary is unique in that service means more than just helping others. We’re also about forming valuable partnerships that make projects more sustainable and in turn help foster more peaceful communities. So which tools comprise the Project Lifecycle Kit?

Through Discussion Groups, Rotarians have access to a plethora of information from other Rotary members who provide valuable support during the planning phases of a project. Use these groups to pose questions to other members and tap into their expertise, experience, and advice. If you are starting a project in one of our areas of focus, you can take advantage of our Cadre of Technical Advisors moderated groups.

For example, the Water and Sanitation Group gives you the opportunity to receive advice from subject matter experts, as well as members of our Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag).

A few recent enhancements to Rotary Ideas makes finding a project partner easier than ever before! A Google Translate option is now available on each project page, expanding the options for partnering beyond the boundaries of language. You can now search for projects by filtering by contribution type (volunteers, partnerships, online contributions, and materials), making it easier to find the types of projects you want to support.

For example, the Water For Life Project in Egypt is looking for global grant partner to help provide safe and clean water to families living in poverty.

Remember to continue to share your success stories on Rotary Showcase, recently updated to allow you to tag Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Community Corps as project partners. Identifying all of your Rotary project partners ensures that your good work is shared as accurately as possible within our communities and the world.

For example, through a global grant, the Rotary Club of San Pedro South in the Philippines installed a solar powered potable water treatment system at a local elementary school benefiting 1100 students. The project included a deep well with a submersible pump powered by a solar panel. The system can produce up to 2000 liters per hour when the solar panel is at its peak capacity. To manage project operations and maintenance, including how to share the potable water with the surrounding community, the Cuyab Rotary Community Corps (RCC) was formed with officers from the school faculty, the parent teacher association and local government. The RCC will decide how the water will be shared with the nearby community, its price, schedule and mechanics.

As always, if you have any questions regarding these tools, please feel free to contact social@rotary.org for assistance.

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Access to technology prepares students for innovative careers

By Andrea Paolo Rossi and Oliviero Zondini, Rotary Club of Cesena in Italy and global grant project leads

Our Rotary Club of Cesena is big with more than 100 members who represent the rich culture and strengths of our region. The local economy in Cesena is centered around agriculture and the manufacturing industry, in particular mechanics, manufacturing, and construction equipment. These companies must remain innovative to compete in the global market. Our region has high unemployment rates among youth coupled with manufacturing companies can’t find skilled workers.

To address this concern, we decided to focus on educating local high school students about the skills they need to establish a career in the manufacturing industry. The project aimed to create a 3D print lab for the Technical School. We partnered with FabLab Romagna to provide training for the students. FabLab Romagna, headquartered conveniently near the school, works with the international network of fab labs, small-scale workshops offering personal digital fabrication. Fab labs began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) to provide access to modern innovation technologies.

The project was presented in September 2014 at the 8th Multi-Club Workshop in Ischia, where we met Serbian Rotarians who presented a project with similar characteristics. A partnership was formed from which two global grants were born with the Rotary Club of Cesena and Rotary Club of Beograd-Skadarlija each serving as the local host for their respective project and as the international partner supporting each other’s efforts.

In May 2015, our club’s project was presented to local authorities and citizens of Cesena during the Rotary Romagna Festival. Twelve clubs from our district committed to contribute their time and service to the project. Our artisan association, Confartigianato, supported the project by providing needed consumable materials for the lab.

The Rotary Foundation approved our global grant in June 2016, and in February 2017 the equipment was officially handed over to the school with a public ceremony in which students and teachers presented about their experiences using the fab lab. Our Serbian partners also attended this event.

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The project, valued at $60,650 USD, is now in full swing. The training courses held with FabLab Romagna allow students of different ages and classes to work together to develop a project under the supervision of a fab lab technician. The 3D printers are self- assembled with electronic and mechanical components. Course participants learn to manage the entire supply chain, from starting the project with computer graphics through to the creation of the final product.  The students themselves then become teachers to other students. Students also participate in educational trainings at the local manufacturing companies.

The project will continue throughout the 2017-18 school year, after which the Technical School will have a full 3D printing laboratory and technical expertise to continue training students in an increasing technologically-demanding world of mechanics. But what is most important, these students will learn a method of work that will make them leaders of a changing global industry.

Attend the 2017 Multi-Club Workshop in London, England. The 11th annual event will take place 6-10 September. Learn more about the workshop and visit their website for more information! 

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Collaborate with Rotarian experts on maternal and child health projects

By Zuhal Sharp, Rotary Service and Engagement staff

Is your club or district thinking of starting a project focused on maternal and child health? Are you looking for resources to help you get started? Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) help clubs and districts plan and implement service projects. RAGs are organized by committed Rotarians, Rotarians’ family members, and Rotary program participants and alumni who have expertise and a passion for a particular type of service. Learn about our current  Groups with expertise in maternal and child health, and contact them directly for assistance with starting a new, or expanding an existing, initiative:

With 20,000 worldwide members, the Rotarian Action Group for Population & Development (RFPD) has the largest membership of any action group. RFPD assists with projects addressing the intersection of unsustainable development, human suffering, and overpopulation, such as access to health services. The group maintains information on population and development projects that clubs/districts can help sponsor. An example of their work:

  • The group’s signature project in northern Nigeria, funded in part by the Rotary Foundation, the German government (BMZ) and the Aventis Foundation, is a comprehensive approach aimed at a sustainable reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality. Initially piloted in ten hospitals, the program has more than doubled to 25 hospitals in six states of Nigeria. The project aims to improve the Nigerian health system through the support and implementation of the medical guidelines and quality assurance in administered services. Read more about the project.

The Rotarian Action Group for Healthy Pregnancies / Healthy Children (RAG HP/HC) encourages Rotary members to work towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The group is working with clubs and districts to provide education and promote awareness of prenatal care:

  • In partnership with the Rotary Club of Paramaribo Residence (Suriname) and the Rotary Club of Leiden (Netherlands), the group implemented health education programs at secondary schools, as well as provided education on a healthy pregnancy for women visiting hospitals and primary health care clinics in Paramaribo, Suriname. The program was carried out through trained midwives and other health care professionals. Contact the group to get involved on a similar project.

In addition to organizing health camps enabling access to services such as dental care, health screenings, vaccinations and more, the Health Education and Wellness Rotarian Action Group provides Rotary members with the tools and knowledge they need to advocate for cost-effective, low-technology programs for early detection and treatment of cervical cancer. Contact the group to get involved.

Are you attending the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta? Connect with Rotarian Action Groups in the House of Friendship and attend their open events and meetings.

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A new approach to Rotary Club meetings

By Helen Reisler and Andreas Runggatscher, members of the Rotary Club of New York

Our club, the Rotary Club of New York has always been notable for its international flavor and association with the United Nations. The club played an essential role in building support during the UN’s formidable years, and in soliciting New York City for its permanent headquarters.

Thousands of Rotarians from around the world have visited the Rotary Club of New York’s luncheon meetings over the past 107 years. In fact, one of the very first flag exchanges between clubs from different countries took place at the club’s meeting. The club also boasts a substantial list of UN Ambassadors that are honorary members of Rotary. Paul Harris even dubbed our club the “Host Club of America!”

Because of this history, the Rotary Club of New York and its foundation hosts a monthly international breakfast meeting at the United Nations, in collaboration with the Rotarian Action Group for Peace and the Rotaract Club of New York at the UN. All Rotarians and guests are invited to attend these meetings.

The meetings are informative and business casual, beginning with a delicious breakfast buffet mixed with fellowship and networking. The horseshoe arrangement of the tables gives the 40 to 60 attendees full view of each other, as well as of the speakers, and encourages more participation in the questions and answers segment. This past August, we started live broadcasting these monthly gatherings. You can view recordings of previous meetings online. Our goal is to connect more Rotarians from around the world and create a stronger Rotary family.

These meetings provide an opportunity for Rotarians to stay informed about the United Nation’s programs, and to discuss related topics with UN officials and representatives of its member states. The topics are most often related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the ultimate goal of fostering international peace and understanding.

The monthly meetings are currently moderated by Past District Governor and Rotary International Representative to the United Nations, Helen Reisler, along with the Ambassador of South Korea, Hahn Choong-Hee.

Some recent panel speakers include:

  • Reza Hossaini, Director of Polio Eradication at UNICEF
  • Madame Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
  • Prabha Sankaranarayan, CEO of Mediators Beyond Borders International
  • E. Mr. Gholam Ali Khoshroo, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the UN
  • Juan José Gómez Camacho, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN

As a result of these meetings, the Rotary Club of New York has attracted new members, developed partnerships with other NGOs, involved more Rotaractors into our activities, created an international awareness of Rotary’s relationship with the UN and the SDGs, and seen renewed enthusiasm for Rotary and service amongst our members.

Visit our website for information on our next meeting, and join in on the live broadcast!

Work with district international service chairs

By Kiki Melonides, Rotary Service and Engagement Staff

To help clubs plan impactful service projects and sustainable global grants, district international service chairs now have exciting new responsibilities. Appointed by district governors for a suggested three-year term, district international service chairs will work collaboratively with club and district leaders to identify and promote resources and strategies for enhancing projects and grants.

International service chairs will build a district resource network of Rotarians, program participants, and alumni with expertise in Rotary’s areas of focus and community project planning. In collaboration with fellow district leaders and members, Rotarian Action Groups, The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and others, international service chairs will connect projects in need of guidance with local technical experts from the Rotary family and promote other resources for improving service projects and grants.

Service chairs will be looking for experts with experience in the areas of focus and the lifecycle of a project including familiarity with global grants, project planning and implementation, community assessment, and measurement and evaluation. Are you an expert in any of these areas? Be sure to identify yourself to your district international service chair so that they can include you in your district’s resource network.

By including local Rotarian expertise early in project planning and design, this effort aims to increase the impact and sustainability of projects and global grants. This initiative will provide further vocational service opportunities in sectors that correspond with Rotary’s areas of focus. The effort also aims to increase friendship and cooperation among Rotarians and strengthen connections between Rotarians and Rotary alumni, such as peace fellows.

Write to the Rotary Service team with any questions.

Collaborating with partners on sustainable service projects

By Rotary Service Connections Staff

Working with partners can strengthen club and district service projects by ensuring sustainability, providing access to subject-matter experts, and strengthening local networks. Partnering with local, national, and international organizations can help meet the many needs of communities around the world.

Rotary’s service and project partners support Rotarian-led initiatives within the avenues of service and areas of focus. All activities take place at the local level at the discretion of individual clubs and districts. Consider partnering with one of Rotary’s service partners to create a greater impact in your community:

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) for alleviating hunger and malnutrition

Food banking is a proven solution to two critical global problems: world hunger and food waste. There is enough food to feed the world, but one-third of it is wasted. Food banks rescue perfectly edible and nutritious food before it is wasted and redistribute it to feed hungry people. In most countries, food banks distribute food through a network of community agencies, including school feeding programs, food pantries, soup kitchens, AIDS and tuberculosis hospices, elderly care facilities, orphanages, and nongovernmental organizations that provide food to the hungry. Rotary’s service partnership with GFN provides opportunities to work together to create and support food banks around the world. Read the partnership factsheet to learn more.

Peace Corps for promoting peace and enhancing community development

Peace Corps, an independent U.S. federal agency, sends U.S. citizens abroad to help tackle the most pressing needs around the world while promoting better international understanding. Peace Corps Volunteers live and work alongside the people they support to create sustainable change that lives on long after their service. A Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) offers access to local contacts, community development insights, and funding possibilities within a particular community. Involving a PCV in your project will increase its reach, impact, and sustainability. Read the partnership fact sheet.

ShelterBox for disaster relief

ShelterBox is an international aid organization that provides immediate assistance to areas ravaged by disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, flooding, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis, or conflict. The project partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox offers opportunities to collaborate in providing emergency shelter and vital supplies to stabilize, protect, and support communities affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. Read the partnership fact sheet.

YSA (Youth Service America) for youth involvement

YSA focuses on the engagement of young people, ages 5-25, as partners in solving the problems of the world by addressing challenges that are stifling economic and human potential, such as: environmental degradation, childhood obesity, hunger, illiteracy, animal welfare, water scarcity, human rights, and communicable diseases. Read the partnership fact sheet.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library for literacy

The collaborative relationship between The Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library and RI provides a way for clubs in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia to support early childhood literacy by providing children in their community with a free book every month from birth to age five. Read the partnership fact sheet.

Along with collaborating with like-minded groups, you can make a more successful impact and create stronger service projects by:

  • Inviting representatives from partner organizations to speak at club meetings
  • Utilizing club and district service chairs for help identifying local partners
  • Leveraging Rotary Ideas to find funding and partners for your projects
  • Organizing a Rotary Community Corps to help mobilize a community and ensure local needs are met
  • Collaborating with a Rotarian Action Groupto help conduct a needs assessments, incorporate monitoring and evaluation components, and secure funding.
  • Attending a project fair to make new connections

We hope these resources will help your clubs and district carry out impactful and sustainable initiatives.  Please write to the Rotary Service Connections team with any questions.

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New Rotarian Action Groups to assist with Rotary projects

The RI Board of Directors recently recognized three new Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs). Each of these RAGs has a unique area of expertise and is available to provide any support that Rotarians may seek regarding their areas of specialty:

Clubfoot
RAG4CLUBFOOT (Rotarian Action Group)

RAG4CLUBFOOT will act as a project facilitator for Rotary clubs and districts seeking to help eliminate disability due to clubfoot. The RAG will help facilitate connections between trained healthcare professionals and local Rotary clubs to provide high quality clubfoot treatment.  The RAG will also assist with raising public awareness about clubfoot deformity to reduce the stigma associated with it.  RAG4CLUBFOOT’s founders are pediatric orthopedic surgeons that are highly experienced working directly with children with clubfoot.

Visit the group’s website for more information.

Environmental Sustainability
Environmental Sustainability Rotarian Action Group (ESRAG)

The Environmental Sustainability RAG will assist Rotary clubs, districts and multi-districts in planning, implementing and evaluating service projects, building awareness, and inspiring action. These projects will promote environmental sustainability, awareness of climate change, and actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate disruption. ESRAG will promote educational resources, initiate dialogue about environmental sustainability, and use best practices in models and assessments for both projects and daily choices.

Visit the group’s website for more information.

Mental Health
Rotarian Action Group on Mental Health Initiatives (RAGMHI)

The RAG on Mental Health Initiatives believes healthy citizens are the foundation of healthy communities and treating mentally ill individuals in a timely manner elevates wellness in the entire community. The RAG is committed to foster international leadership and fellowship in this service area and help the family of Rotary plan and undertake sustainable mental health programs.  The group is composed of experts who have a passion for designing solutions, creating awareness, and executing international programs to promote mental health and helping those with mental illness.

For more information or to join, contact Vice Chair Geetha Jayaram.

Rotarian Action Groups are autonomous, Rotarian-run groups composed of members passionate about a particular service area. RAGs help clubs and districts plan and implement high-impact projects. Membership is open to Rotarians, their family members, and all Rotary program participants and alumni.

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Three new Rotarian Action Groups to assist with Rotary projects

The RI Board of Directors recently recognized three new Rotarian Action Groups. Each of these RAGs  have a unique area of expertise and is available to provide any support that Rotarians may seek regarding their areas of specialty:

Disaster Assistance
Disaster Network of Assistance Rotarian Action Group (DNA RAG)

Volunteers work with housing recipients to rebuild homes on the island of Koh Kho Khao, Thailand, after the 2004 tsunami. Photo courtesy of Alyce Henson/RI.
Volunteers work with housing recipients to rebuild homes on the island of Koh Kho Khao, Thailand, after the 2004 tsunami. Photo courtesy of Alyce Henson/RI.

DNA RAG will develop an interactive network to assist with disaster preparedness, communication, and recovery at an international level. The group’s primary focus will be on disaster preparedness with an emphasis on communication between the affected area and potential assistance for long term recovery. DNA RAG’s founders offer expertise and hands-on experience through their involvement with several Rotarian and non-Rotarian disaster relief initiatives such as Rotarian Emergency/ Disaster Initiative (REDI), Haiti Disaster Task Force, Caribbean Partnership, Rapid Disaster Response Task Force, Disaster Aid Australia, and ShelterBox. The founding members have coordinated Rotarian efforts in support of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina (New Orleans, USA), Hurricane Sandy (Caribbean islands and northeastern USA), the Haiti earthquake, and others. If you’re participating in the 2015 RI Convention in Sao Paulo, attend the RAG’s breakout session on disaster relief 8 June..

For more information or to join, contact Chair Barry Rassin.

Endangered Species
Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species (RAGES)

Dr.Jane Goodall joins RAGES' "SAY NO!" campaign to promote animal conservation. Photo courtesy of RAGES.
Dr.Jane Goodall joins RAGES’ “SAY NO!” campaign to promote animal conservation. Photo courtesy of RAGES.

RAGES will mobilize the Rotary family and provide global awareness and focused action to preserve and protect endangered species and the communities that depend on them. While the group will initially focus on elephants, rhinos, mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees in Africa, RAGES aims to expand its focus as new species and areas of emphasis are identified. RAGES emerged from Save Our Rhino Project, a Rotary club-led project in South Africa. The group is currently working on an education program to conserve elephants in the Oloimugi Maasai Village in Kenya in partnership with the Rotary Club of Coolamon in Australia and the Jane Goodall Institute via her global Roots & Shoots program. Don’t forget to tell your Rotaract and Interact clubs about RAGES as the group plans to heavily involve Interactors and Rotaractors in their programming.

Visit the group’s website for more information.

Preconception Care
Rotarian Action Group Healthy Pregnancies / Healthy Children

Jenni Huntly, a volunteer midwife with Midwives for Haiti, examines Maritha Pierre, who is eight months pregnant. Photo courtesy of Alyce Henson/RI.
Jenni Huntly, a volunteer midwife with Midwives for Haiti, examines Maritha Pierre, who is eight months pregnant. Photo courtesy of Alyce Henson/RI.

The RAG advocates for clubs and districts to participate in helping achieve the 4th and 5th UN Millennium Development Goals to reduce child mortality by two thirds and to reduce the maternal mortality ratio by three quarters. The group will promote preventative care to men and women and prepare them for healthy parenthood by making sure they are properly nourished, lead a healthy lifestyle, and have access to public healthcare. The RAG’s founding members are bringing a wide range of expertise to address various health risks for future parents and newborns such as medicine, public health, pediatrics, biology, and human genetics.

Visit the group’s website for more information.

Rotarian Action Groups are organized by the Rotary family for the Rotary family, tackle issues such as malaria, population and development, and more. Join one and share your expertise and passion with others. Rotarians, their family members, and Rotary program participants and alumni are invited to join these groups.

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Why should you know about Rotarian Action Groups?

By Zuhal Sharp, RI Programs staff

Although they have existed for nearly ten years, Rotarian Action Groups (RAGs) are still not widely known throughout Rotary. RAGs exist to help clubs and districts design and implement effective projects, and indeed, the projects guided by these groups are changing lives around the world.

You may have heard about Rotary Family Heath Days, a signature program of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention (RFHA), one of our 22 Rotarian Action Groups.  Now entering its sixth year, this program mobilizes volunteers at hundreds of sites across Africa, providing comprehensive health care services to thousands of beneficiaries in countries across Africa. Last year nearly 350,000 people received free health care services through this unique public-private partnership, leveraging thousands of Rotarian volunteers and support from NGOs and corporations like Coca-Cola.

The Rotarian Action Group for Population and Development (RFPD) focuses its efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in rural areas of Nigeria, where lack of adequate healthcare resources poses a serious threat to the well-being of mothers and their babies. Through a multi-faceted approach including public awareness, advocacy, training of health workers, provision of medical equipment, and surgical interventions, RFPD’s program has proven to be highly impactful, reducing the maternal mortality rate by 60% and newborn mortality by 15% in participating hospitals.

Rotary clubs not only receive technical project advice and support from Rotarian Action Groups, but also leverage resources from non-Rotary organizations through the partnerships they develop. For instance, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag) partnered with ONE DROP Foundation on an $8 million program last year to bring safe water and sanitation to over 200,000 people in Mali. This program offers Rotary and Rotaract clubs everywhere an opportunity to become involved in an innovative partnership and a large scale program. Several clubs have already signed up to help pioneer this comprehensive program.

Rotarian Action Groups can also be a great resource for clubs seeking international partners and sponsors to qualify for a Rotary Foundation global grant. Since the Foundation requires 30% of submitted funds to come from international Rotary partners for global grant projects, a RAG can help you identify and connect with international Rotarians that share your service interest. Some Rotary clubs even utilize RAGs’ knowledge and expertise when drafting their global grant applications. After all, Rotarian Action Groups are led by Rotarians with significant experience in areas of specialty across Rotary’s six areas of focus.

See a complete list of Rotarian Action Groups and read a summary of their 2014 activities

Contact RAG officers for information

Water, sanitation, hygiene presentations offer assistance with Rotary projects

By Bob Wubbena, Rotary Club of Olympia, WA, USA, and immediate past vice chair of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (Wasrag)

Last month, I had the pleasure of moderating a three part webinar series hosted jointly by Rotary and Wasrag about conducting more effective water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects. Each of the webinars focused on how Rotary clubs can partner with a particular sector to find sustainable solutions for communities most in need of assistance.

We had eight excellent panelists share insight about building relationships with governments, non-governmental organizations, and private companies to undertake WASH projects. A few tips from our panelists are included below; listen to the full recordings for more advice from our experts:

Webinar 1: Working with Governments on Rotary WASH projects

  • Do your homework. Before approaching government branches about a project, familiarize yourself with government guidelines, policies, strategies, priorities and the roles and responsibilities of government departments and ministries for WASH.
  • Identify traditional authorities, leaders tied to tradition or custom, and note existing roles in the project area.
  • Work with the beneficiary community to develop a long-term sustainability framework aligned with government policies.
  • Engage governments at different levels and explore partnership opportunities with decentralized government affiliates which may be important stakeholders (these group may include agencies related to agriculture, health, environment, and more).
  • Clarify roles. Confirm with the host Rotary club and, if applicable, international club partner, the roles traditional authorities and other community groups (such as faith-based groups) will assume as part of the project team.
  • Form a local committee. A village, community, or water project committee should be established (with both women and men elected by the beneficiary community) as community representatives and point persons for the various external and governmental agencies.

Listen to the recorded presentation

Webinar 2: Working with Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) on Rotary WASH projects

  • Partner with subject matter experts. Non-governmental organizations with technical expertise provide subject area knowledge, expertise in implementation, and dedicated full-time assistance.
  • Form a local project committee. The host and, if applicable, international clubs should mobilize the community to ensure local insight is included in the project and an elected village water committee is formed. The committee helps ensure that the project is owned by the beneficiary community and the partnering NGO is there to assist in design, construction, and mentoring the committee, ensuring project longevity and sustainability
  • Clarify roles. Most NGOs have likely never worked with a partner such as Rotary who may serve as a donor but also wants to play an active role in the project design, construction, training, and longer-term oversight. Develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that outlines the roles for Rotary members, the NGO and the committee during implementation in the earliest stages of the project to ensure that their participation is adding real value to the project.

Listen to the recorded presentation

Webinar 3: Working with the Private Sector on Rotary WASH projects

  • Tap into the private sector. Private partners can provide funding, expertise, volunteers, and pro-bono services such as conducting an assessment, measurements and evaluation after a project has been implemented. Some private companies have a non-profit sub group tasked with philanthropic priorities.
  • Obtain references. Our vast Rotary network already has many strong relationships within the private sector. Network with fellow Rotary members to obtain company references for the type of work that you want to do. Ask Rotarians or Rotaractors who have these relationships to introduce you and your project.
  • Introduce yourself. There are many private sector companies that are more than willing to help Rotary. Do your homework first and then don’t hesitate to contact companies. Be specific about your needs and make sure that have well-defined expectations for each party’s role, timelines, and costs. Highlight how a partner’s supportive efforts will be recognized.
  • Sell our impact. When reaching out to private organizations that may be good potential partners, explain our global reach, grass-roots level network, passion, and commitment. These are just some of the assets Rotary brings to the table as a project partner.

Listen to the recorded presentation

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Wasrag hosts an annual one-day Water Summit focused on important WASH topics immediately before the RI Convention. The 2015 Summit, focused on WASH in Schools, will be held in São Paulo on 4 June 2015. Visit www.wasrag.org to register.