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World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
For Weekend Links this week I would like to share the multitude of wonderful non-profits and resources I have come across that will help us all understand and support World Water Day.
One Well The Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strausse (I have not read this book yet, but it looks very interesting!) Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life. All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well. Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.-Rochelle Strausse.com
Check out her teaching resources here.
Ryan’s Well is the story of a very amibitous 6 year old, Ryan Hreljac, who was determined to make a differance in the world’s water crisis.
“One day in January 1998, I was sitting in my Grade One classroom. My teacher, Mrs. Prest, explained that people were sick and some were even dying because they didn’t have clean water. She told us that some people walked for hours in Africa and sometimes it was just to get dirty water. All I had to do was take 10 steps from my classroom to get to the drinking fountain and I had clean water. Before that day in school, I figured everyone lived like me. When I found out this wasn’t the case, I decided I had to do something about it.
So, I went home and begged my mom and dad to help. After a few days, they told me I could do extra chores to earn the $70 I thought would build a well. I thought that’s all it would take to solve the world’s water problem. I worked for four months to earn my first $70. Then I learned that it was actually going to cost $2,000 to build a well in a place like Uganda. I also learned that the problem was way bigger than I realized.
I started speaking to service clubs, school classes, to anyone who would listen to my story so that I could raise money for my first well at Angolo Primary School in Uganda. That’s how my little Grade One project became the Ryan’s Well Foundation.”
The video below documents Return to Ryan’s Well – the story of Ryan’s return to Uganda to see the well that he built when he was 6 years old. It was destroyed by the rebels and has been rebuilt now. 15 years since the journey began, Ryan returns to Uganda to see how the village is doing, and what kind of impact his tireless work has done.
H20 For Life is a Minnesota-based organization that is involved in a program which allows them to partner with small rural schools in Nicaragua to help provide hand washing stations, vented latrines, and hygiene education.
The money raised by school all across the US will go toward the construction projects for selected schools. Visit the H20 For Life school page to view photos of this year’ schools, along with our completed projects from previous years.
H20 for Life, a non-profit organization, was formed for the purpose of raising funds for water, sanitation and hygiene education for schools in developing countries. The average walk for water in these countries is three miles, and can take up to six hours daily. Women and girls are responsible for the largest burden of carrying the water .. The average water load is 40 – 50 pounds. Girls often drop out of school once they are old enough to begin carrying water. The lack of bathrooms at schools also forces young women to drop out.
Learn more about H20 For Life and how you can help HERE.
KcEdventures has a great activity for Teaching Kids to Conserve Water .
Becky at Kid World Citizen has great activity ideas and recommended reads to help celebrate the day as well.
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