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Rotary Club’s WASH Program Sets Three Lifesaving Priorities for Rural Towns

By Skip Essick


The Midday Rotary Club of San Miguel de Allende’s WASH program is arguably the most important thing we do. The safe, sustainable water and sanitation facilities we provide in the rural communities around us are not only life changing but lifesaving.

Poor WASH conditions—specifically poor water, sanitation, and hygiene—are responsible for 50 percent of childhood and maternal deaths each year.

All of us have modern bathroom facilities in our homes. To get water for bathing, flushing, and cleaning, it’s a mere turn or push of a tap. But go a short drive out of town and the situation is primitive, with open defecation being the norm in most communities. This, in itself, is a huge health issue, but it’s also just as much a safety problem as is sexual abuse and rape a risk for young women.

Local businessman and fellow Rotarian Lee Carter will take you through a compelling presentation of the benefits of dry composting toilets and rainwater harvesting through the installation of cisterns. You’ll learn about dry composting toilet use resulting in significant improvements in health and safety, as well as yielding a rich organic byproduct usable in agriculture. Also, 12,000-liter cisterns installed in rural homes capture enough rainwater to provide a family with all the drinking and cooking water needed for an entire year.

Thanks to Rotary events held throughout the year, private donations, generous support from the Rotary International Foundation, and support from Rotary clubs north of the border, we’ve been able to provide 50 dry composting toilets and over 1,400 cisterns that collect more than 16,800,000 liters of rainwater every year. But there’s a lot more to do. Please join us this Tuesday and learn more about these projects and how you might help by considering becoming a member of our club.

We’re located at Los Arcos, next to the yellow caboose on Stirling Dickinson. Doors open at 9am. The presentation will begin at 9:30am and is free.

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change. For more information, contact President Gary Peterson at


Rotary Presentation

“WASH: Water—Sanitation—Hygiene”

Lee Carter

Tue, Jul 23, 9:30am

Los Arcos

Stirling Dickinson 23




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