Water Facts From Around the Globe
Access to clean drinking water is something that many of us take for granted but roughly one out of every 10 people on the planet do not have access to safe water. One out of every three people throughout the world don’t have access to safe sanitation facilities.
We know that a third of the worlds population live in ‘water-stressed conditions’ this affects nutrition, health, environmental services, housing, growth and national security and by the y ear 2025, two-thirds of the worlds population may face water shortages.
So while clean water is something many of us take for granted, it’s important that our kids understand the severity of the water crisis and how it affects people around the world.
Water Missions International Charleston School Group Tours
There are organizations working hard to make clean water available in developing countries.
A Christian engineering ministry non-profit in Charleston is Water Mission International, provides sustainable safe water solutions. Their mission is to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water by offering equipment, technologies and consulting services.
Water Mission International opens their doors the community by offering educational field trips to school groups throughout the Charleston area.
Water Mission employs over 50 staff members including engineers, community development specialists, researchers, and administrative professionals. Our homeschool co-op had the opportunity to visit and tour the facility recently.
On the tour geared toward upper elementary ages, students were led through the halls of the offices where a volunteer, Randy talked to them about water scarcity. They learned how the non profit goes to villages in developing countries & purifies the water system.
Headquarters staff work closely with permanent country programs to design safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions for communities located in Africa, Asia, North, South and Central America and the Caribbean.
They have provided safe water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) solutions in more than 55 countries and have over 250 staff members working around the world in permanent country programs.
Water Missions International offers numerous internship opportunities in a variety of departments where college students can play a vital role in providing safe water to those who need it most.
Water Missions International designs customized solutions for each community they serve and partner with residents through the entire process. This hands-on involvement assures successful results for the community. See Water Missions International work first hand by touring the production facility in North Charleston.
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Additional Safe Water Solutions from Clean Water Non-profits
Vestergaard created the LifeStraw water filtration straw which makes contaminated water safe to drink. It removes bacteria and parasites, preventing the majority of waterborne disease. The LifeStraw has unlimited shelf life. Once opened it can provide an individual with more than 5 years of safe drinking water.
Another organization, Three Avocados donates 100% of their profits to water projects in Uganda. Three Avocados is a non-profit coffee company with a creative solution to ending the global water crisis, starting with Uganda. 100% of their net proceeds provide clean water.
Books for Kids about Water Scarcity
A great way to introduce big topics like this to young children is through picture books; beginning with the water cycle, to gain a general understanding. Water is Water: A Book About the Water Cycle
Anna Carries Water focuses on a little girl named Anna learning to carry water on her head like her older siblings. The water is used for cooking drinking, washing dishes and brushing teeth; it introduces young children to how their lives may differ from the lives of other children their age.
A little girl dreams of the day clear, clean water will finally flow to her village. Until then, she and her mother are up before dawn every day to get water for cooking and washing clothes. The Water Princess tells her story.
Another book, Clean Water for Elirose, can be accessed online for free though if you order a physical copy, all proceeds go toward building clean water wells in the developing world.
Water Lessons for Homeschoolers
If you’re looking for additional resources for teaching about water scarcity in your homeschool, check out the Global Water Crisis Unit and Resources at Kids Go Global. Another resource we love using in our homeschool are the Crash Course Kids videos on YouTube; in this one, Sabrina chats about the problems caused by water scarcity.
World Vision also has helpful information, ideas and resources for talking to your kids about the global water crisis.