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Join the Solar Safe Water Challenge

How many families can Rotary give access to hot and safe water? By working together with Solvatten in the project Kenya, Tharaka?

1,000? 5,000? Or even 10,000 families?

Just imagine, 35,000 Rotary Clubs donating one unit ($145), that means that 35,000 families get access to safe water! And 1,800,000 trees are saved!

See the impact of one (1) unit means in the table.

How can my club and/or I join this challenge?

This challenge offers an easy and convinient way for Rotarians to create lasting climate and environmental change, but also impacting equity, health and wealth. Here are some inspiration on how to join the challenge:

  • Make a presentation for your club. You can use this 5 minutes presentation, and speakers text. Or, show the video from the webinar (or parts of it) and/or the presentation.
  • You and your club can join in two ways:
    • As a One Time Donation. Make an internal fundraising in your club.
    • As a project or longer commitment to donate by collecting money in various activities. Make a plan for how to bring in money.
  • If your club isn’t interested, maybe you would like to make a donation? Together with your family or friends? Just write “Private” in the Donation form.
  • Donate from this homepage so that Rotary as a whole are registrated. Just click on Donate.

Climate project in Kenya, Tharaka-Nithi

400,000 people live in the province of Tharaka in Kenya, of which 97 percent are without access to safe water at home. This means that the majority of the population is dependent on firewood or charcoal to boil water for drinking and to heat water for hygiene and cooking.

This is both time consuming and expensive for families living on scarce resources, and it also contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation.



To reduce emissions and strengthen local resilience while improving families’ health and socio-economic conditions, Solvatten started this project in Tharaka-Nithi County, Kenya, 2017. So far more than 40,000 people been supported with Solvatten heaters. The need is huge, and here Rotary can make a great impact for sustainable development by joining this project.

A thought-provoking comparison…

Participating in the Solar Safe Water Challenge will contribute with hot and safe water to villages and families. It also means the possibility to speed up our collective responsibility to mitigate the effects of our non-sustainable lifestyle and reduce our carbon footprint.

One (1) unit of Solvatten heaters, save 7 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions during it’s lifetime. That means 1 tonnes per year.

Emissions from developed countries lies between 4 and 20 tonnes per person and year (territorial), an average European 6,6 tonnes.

Could the Solar Safe Water Challenge be one way to take our collective responsibility to combat emissions of greenhouse gases?

Together We Fix The Planet.