One of the six initiatives that Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation promote worldwide is the provision of clean drinking water. Children living in remote rural areas of north east Thailand do not have access to clean drinking water which creates health issues resulting in loss of school days and non completion of school studies.
This year the Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour as part of an international partnership of Rotary clubs is undertaking a Rotary project for the installation of 9 water filters in schools located in the remote rural areas of Ubon Ratchatani and Amroen Charon in north east Thailand. A Matching Grant for the project was approved by the Rotary Foundation on 20 February 2013.
The following Rotary clubs are participating in the water project:
- Rotary Club of Ubon (Thailand)
- Rotary Club of Bangkok Klongtoey (Thailand)
- Rotary District 3350 (Thailand)
- Rotary District 9750 (Australia)
- Rotary Club of Sydney
- Rotary Club of Sydney CBD
- Rotary Club of Kings Cross
- Rotary Australia World Communites (RAWCS) – Eastern Region
- Sydney City Rotaract Club
Drinking water in this rural region is generally drawn from river sources, roof top collection or ground water. Previously, there was no treatment of the water prior to consumption by the children or adults.
The Sydney City Rotaract donated $1000 for the The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour's Thailand water filter project.
A trip is bring organised by The Rotary Club of Sydney Darling Harbour to visit Thailand in November 2013 for the project.