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RI Water, Health, Hunger, & Solar Resource Group 

RI Water, Health, Hunger, & Solar Resource Group

RI President John Kenny quotes in his 2009-10 Theme speech (

"In 2009-10, I will encourage Rotarians to continue to focus their service efforts in the areas of water, health and hunger, and literacy — vital issues that clubs have been addressing most effectively in recent years."
"With over a century of successful Rotary service, we are proud to be confident of a future in which generation after generation of Rotarians will bring hope to those in need and peace to a world full of conflict. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands."

President John Kenny’s theme "The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands" in the important areas of Water, Health and Hunger, fits right in with our District's WHH&S objectives of many years. So we will continue on this path. Solar and other renewable energy can play important roles in providing innovative solutions to the world's problems.

Our Mission: Be a resource, and provide knowledge, motivation and support for District 5170 clubs to become very active in pursuing innovative water, sanitation, health, hunger and solar projects/solutions, both internationally and locally. The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands with our D5170 solutions that help humanity and especially children.

District Goals and Action plan for this year include:

  • To have every Rotary Club involved in Water, Health, Hunger and Solar project(s) – for international and/or local project(s). Look for opportunities to drastically reduce child mortality.
  • Provide club presentations, programs or training opportunities to help educate Rotarians about global and local issues relating to Water, Health and Hunger, and potential solutions including solar technologies
  • Participate in Area WCS meetings for information sharing.
  • Facilitate clubs working together, to accomplish joint Water, Health, Hunger & Solar projects – Matching Grants, 3 H Grants, COG Grants.
  • Conduct surveys of existing and planned club projects involving Water, Health, Hunger and Solar.
  • Motivate clubs and Rotarians to earn RI’s Health & Hunger Awards for achieving worthwhile projects.
  • Encourage clubs to have at least one club member join the new Water and Sanitation Rotary Action Group (WASRAG:, a very informative site with opportunities to add your project for potential partner clubs).
  • Develop a Database of knowledgeable Rotary and non-Rotary experts in the many aspects of Water, Health, Hunger & Solar – resulting in leveraging our knowledge base and leading into "Best Practices".
  • Attract motivated Rotarians to join the Water, Health, Hunger & Solar Taskforce to form a long-term resource group that lasts many years.
  • Work with Interact and Rotaract clubs to encourage international/local projects in Water, Health, Hunger & Solar.
  • Continue workshops with Youth service groups on making and using solar cookers.
  • Brainstorm ideas to "make a greater difference" – for those who’s survival is often threatened by poverty and lack of resources (safe drinking water, sanitation, medical care, food, energy, etc.)

Please contact me regarding your club projects, ideas, issues or needs related to Water, Health, Hunger and Solar programs -- Or volunteer to join the taskforce or serve as an expert. Looking forward to support you and work with you all.

Allart Ligtenberg, Chair
Water, Health, Hunger & Solar Taskforce
Tel/fax: (650)948-8294
More Information:
 - Unsafe water - Solar water pasteurization, Solar Cookers, WAPI’s (Water Pasteurization Indicators), SODIS (Solar Disinfection),
Filters (bio-sand, UV, arsenic removal, chlorine, etc), Water Testing.
 - Water shortage - Wells, Pumps, Pipelines, Conservation,
Rainwater Harvesting (roofs, dams creating lakes),
Fog/Dew collection (even in deserts), Desalination.
 - Farming water - Irrigation, Drip systems, Pumps (treadle, rope, solar, etc).
 - Water related - Safe Drinking Water solutions (see Unsafe water above),
Sanitation, Hygiene, ECO toilets, Education,
Community building, Women empowerment.
 - Environment - Smoke-free/no-open fire Cooking: Solar Cookers &  Rocket Stoves.
Burn Centers (Coaniquem).
 - Pandemics - HIV/AIDS Prevention/education/counseling programs,
Prevent Polio, Malaria, Cholera, Worms, Diabetes, Tbc, Cancer, etc
Prevent Drug abuse, STD’s.
 - Medical - Basic care, Telemedicine (through internet),
Artificial limbs, Cleft lips/palates (Rotaplast, Faces of Hope),
Wheelchairs ( and Rotary Wheelchair Foundation), Hand-driven tricycles.
Dental, Eye care, Cataract surgery, Heart etc surgery,
Mobile Clinic, Ambulance, Hospital supplies/equipment, RotaCare.
 - Mental Health - Treat Mental Illness, Trauma rehabilitation, Prevent Drug abuse.
 - Miscellaneous - Bone marrow registry.
 - Starvation - Emergency Response/Relief, Distribute food/vitamins/medicine, Save lives, Prevent Brain damage (longtime starvation/malnutrition)
 - Malnutrition - Sustainable agriculture, Irrigation, Vegetables, Seeds, Fruit trees,
Solar drying (fruit/vegetables/meat), Greenhouse, Income generation,
Empowering women, Livestock breeding, Fishing gear, Micro-credit,
Teach proper diet, Soup kitchens, Surplus Food distribution.
- Photo-Voltaic (PV) Solar technologies: solar lighting, WLED lights, pumping, refrigeration.
- Thermal (passive) Solar technologies: Solar Cooking, Water Purification/Heating, Drying, Space-heating, Greenhouses.