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 islands of Koh Samui located in the Gulf of Thailand is not immune to the water scarcity challenges. Due to a severe lack of funding, only 1 of the 23 schools on the island has access to safe clean water and this is due to the Rotary Club of Samui-Phangan pilot water project completed in 2017 at Wat Lamai School.


Picture of Wat Lamai School water pump before and after.




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

It will take $150,000 to provide clean drinking water systems to all remaining 22 schools.

Palo Alto Rotary intends to raise $50,000 through June 30, 2019.

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

Your donation is tax deductible!


Contact: Khashayar “Cash” Alaee | 650-353-1188 |