Minneapolis Uptown Rotary joined a number of partners in donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to 415 facilities across Minnesota.

March is RI's Water and Sanitation Month

Posted by Olabisi Gwamna, PhD, RI "Foundation Moment" editor


March is the month when RI focuses on water and sanitation projects worldwide. The Rotary Foundation (TRF) is changing the world by providing grants for projects aimed at improving water, sanitation and hygiene. Since 2013, TRF has invested in more than 1,000 WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects in more than 100 countries. 

A Rotary Foundation Global Grant recently made it possible for $85,000 worth of PPE (personal protective equipment) to be donated to 415 facilities across Minnesota. The initial grant for the project came from The Rotary Club of Maple Grove along with the India Association of Minnesota and several clubs from Thane, India. TRF provided the Global Grant of $60,000 to supplement the financial contributions of Rotary Clubs of City of Lakes, Uptown, Golden Valley, Edina, St. Louis Park, Plymouth and Minneapolis. The 415 facilities beneficiaries of this grant received 400 gallons of hand sanitizer, 150,000 disposable wipes, 625 goggles, 70,000 gloves, 56,000 disposable masks, 9,000 KN95 masks, 1,575 face shields, 400 thermometers, 500 oximeters, 1,000 fabric gowns and 8,000 fabric masks.

  • $24 is all it takes to provide one person with safe water.
  • 110 Schools in Ghana have better sanitation and hygiene due to Rotary intervention
  • 2030 is the year RI hopes to finish providing everyone with safe water.