Provision of water and sanitation is one of Rotary International’s key areas of focus.

Rotary Club of Sea Point

Rotary SafeWater is a project started by the Rotary Club of Sea Point to provide cost-effective filters to impoverished communities with no access to clean and safe water.

Worthwhile, easy to use, point-of-use water filters which can last a household or community up to 3 years has impressive impacts on communities. Each straw can filter 18000 litres of contaminated water.

Water for Life

Ralph Jewson, Woolworths’ champion for the bracelet campaign, Tony Davidson, co-ordinator of the Rotary SafeWater project and Neil Robinson, CEO of Relate showing off the “Water for Life” bracelets which are now on sale in Woolworths

As part of their Good Business Journey, Woolworths is proud to support initiatives like Rotary SafeWater.

Our challenge

Our challenge is to raise enough funds to purchase and distribute LifeStraws to provide at least 10 Million litres of clean and safe water.

We want to mobilise the community by buying Rotary SafeWater bracelets – our target is at least 5000 bracelets.

SafeWater bracelets are now available at selected Woolworths stores.

You can also purchase a bracelet directly from Relate

What project will the funds support?

The approach taken by Rotary SafeWater depends on the needs of the various communities.
  • In some rural and peri-urban areas, people are already buying expensive bottled water. We are developing a project where entrepreneurs can earn a living by providing clean and safe water. Entrepreneurs will be supplied with a filter and equipment to dispense the clean and safe water into small, plastic sachets, which degrade quite quickly – helping to reduce pollution. Entrepreneurs will be coached to ensure good business and hygienic practices. Financing will be assisted with micro-finance groups. The idea is that cash returns will be used to fund more filters making your donation more effective.
  • We are providing farm schools with filters to help reduce the diarrhoea induced absenteeism experienced in farm schools where children drink contaminated water.
  • We are helping impoverished urban communities where there is no access to municipal water.

When and where will the project be initiated?

  • Initial installations of filters began in June 2013.
  • Funding from this project began in April 2016.

How will the funds be used in furthering this project?

It’s a human right to have access to clean and safe water.
  • We are currently working with a number of organisations to help provide clean and safe water. Further income will help us accelerate the installation of appropriate filters into communities.

How can I get involved in supporting this project?

  • Members of the public can help by buying bracelets. Funds go towards buying more water filters for communities in need of safe drinking water.
  • There are many impoverished communities which we have not identified who would benefit with better access to clean and safe water.
  • Introductions to community leaders or NGOs associated with impoverished communities who can assist with installation, and more importantly assist with ensuring long term correct use of the filters would be greatly appreciated.