• Did You Know?

    Climate Change

    Collecting water is expected to become even more difficult due to the effects of global warming

  • Wise Words

    "When the well is dry, we learn the worth of water."

    Benjamin Franklin

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  • Did You Know?

    Sanitation is key

    Today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without basic sanitation

  • Wise Words

    "By means of water, we give life to everything."

    Koran, 21:30

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  • Did You Know?

    Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.

    More than one in six people worldwide - 894 million - don't have access to clean drinking-water.

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  • Beautiful Words from...

    Donald Worster

    "Rain is a blessing when it falls gently on parched fields, turning the earth green, causing the birds to sing."

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  • Words of hope from...

    Jean-Michel Cousteau

    "We have the ability to provide clean water for every man, woman and child on the Earth. What has been lacking is the collective will to accomplish this. What are we waiting for?"

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Water

Issues

Water

Global Water Crisis

Today 1 billion people live without clean drinking water. Water effects everything, education, health and poverty.

Many people have to walk for hours just to collect enough water for the day. Often, the water that they collect is contaminated with germs that can cause very serious illnesses or even death.

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    Health and Sanitation

    Diseases from unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

    With basic education about proper sanitation, such as hand-washing and the use of latrines many fatal diseases can be avoided. 


    Women and Children

    The work of collecting water usually falls to the women and children of the family. Many have to spend up to 4 hours each day walking to the nearest water source to provide their family with enough water for the day. Often, the water that they collect is contaminated with germs that can cause very serious illnesses or even death.

    The time that is spent walking to collect water is not only a dangerous time for them, but is also time that is not spent learning to read and write, making an income, or caring for the younger children in the family. The placements of water wells within villages would mean the villagers would spend only 15 minutes to collect their water and the water that they do collect would be clean and safe. 


    Poverty

    When family members get sick from contaminated water or poor sanitation this means money must be spent on doctors bills and more time will be spent away from any income making activities. This causes poor families to become even poorer. It’s a terrible downward spiral.

    A water well within the village changes the lives of the people who live there, for the better.


    Water Management

    A shortage of available water happens even in areas where there is a lot of rainfall or freshwater. If the water is not properly stored, used and shared in the communities that can lead to there not being enough water to meet the needs of households, farms, and industries in the area.

    Good water management also reduces breeding sites for insects like mosquitoes that can transmit diseases and prevents the spread of water-borne infections.

  • Questions about water

    1. How would a water well change the lives of the people who had access to it?
    2. What can we do in the face of such a large global crisis?
  • Resources for Grades K-6

    Activities

    Hands On

    Hands On actions are ways that you can make positive changes in your home, school or community. Source: CAWST


    Water Survival Game (K-3)

    Students learn through play about water inequality in Canada and Nicaragua. Source: Change for Children


    Resources

    Facts about Global Water Inequality

    Learn some surprising facts about water usage around the world. Source: Change for Children


    Educator Resources

    CAWST has a wealth of lesson plans, activities and resources for students grades K-12. Source: CAWST


    Water Conservation Tips

    Different methods to conserve the use of water in the home and things to consider when choosing travel, food, and products you buy. Source: National Geographic


    Interactive Water Quiz

    Discover how much water these common household items use. Source: National Geographic Kids


    Creative Lessons and Activities

    Games, experiments, handouts, and fact sheets that are ready for use in the classroom. Source: WaterAid Canada


    Fresh Water and Earth Science

    Images, information and activities about the fresh water we need to survive and the science we use to understand where and why it is running out. Source: NASA


    The Role Water Plays in Our Lives

    Video, activities and science page downloads. Details about the science principals this site addresses is in the teacher notes. Source: Project WET Foundation


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  • Resources for Grades 7-12

    Resources

    Facts about Global Water Inequality

    Learn some surprising facts about water usage around the world. Source: Change for Children


    Educator Resources

    CAWST has a wealth of lesson plans, activities and resources for students grades K-12. Source: CAWST


    Creative lessons and activities

    Games, experiments, handouts, and fact sheets that are ready for use in the classroom. Source: WaterAid Canada


    Learn to Be Truly Water Efficient

    Take a graphic based tour to investigate your water saving opportunities in each area of the blueprint home. Gives the facts and specific advice. Source: California Urban Water Conservation Council


    Access to Safe Water

    Map, charts, data ad photos in this unit about access to safe water around the world. Teaching guide. Source: The World Bank Group


    Liquid Courage: Talk About Water

    Modern, scrolling graphic website confronts issues around protecting water for people and for nature. Source: The Nature Conservancy


    Video of a Family's Travels to Bangladesh

    Jakob and his brother Mick travelled to Bangladesh and found out about water & sanitation issues. In Dutch with English subtitles. Source: Walking for Water, Aqua for All


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  • Events, Contests and Grants

    Events

    Youth Summit

    Each year, youth from Calgary and area come together for a day to learn about local and global water and sanitation issues and decide how they will make a difference. Source: CAWST 


    Action Grants

    Apply for a Grant!

    Submit an action proposal and your class could be approved for a $500 seed grant. Source: CAWST


  • Links to Partner Resource Libraries

    Links to more Educational Materials KGG Partner? Country
    Change for Children yes Canada

    CAWST - Youth Wavemakers

    yes Canada

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  • How to Take Action

    Do you want to get involved either locally or internationally in this issue?

    If so, check out the Explore column to the right. It contains NGO projects that you could support, as well as links to the showcases.

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