The United Nations notes that “around 2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of water scarcity. Another 1.6 billion people, or almost one quarter of the world’s population, face economic water shortage".

Picture of student at Wat Lamai school drinking water from installed water system

The island of Koh Samui, located in the Gulf of Thailand, has water scarcity challenges. 22 of the 23 schools do not have access to safe clean water due to severe lack of funding. This negatively impacts 7,000 students through dehydration, loss of cognitive functions and high absenteeism due to diarrhea and other water borne diseases. The one school that has access to safe clean water is Wat Lamai School and this is due to the Rotary Club of Samui-Phangan’s pilot water project completed in 2017.


Picture of Wat Lamai water pump:




Palo Alto is leading a Global Grant in partnership with Los Gatos Morning, Saratoga, and Los Altos clubs to provide the Rotary Club of Samui-Phangan funding for the remaining 22 schools. The four clubs have committed their 2018-2019 District Designated Funds equally $34,000 for this project.

The total project budget is in the amount of $175,000 and will provide clean drinking water systems to all remaining 22 schools.

Every $1.25 you contribute will equal $2.00 due to a Rotary grant contribution program.

Your donation is tax deductible!


Contact: Khashayar “Cash” Alaee |