Have you heard about World Water Day (March 22) and World Toilet Day (November 19)? These are important days that you can raise awareness in your school/community about global water and sanitation issues. You can find out more about these two days here:
If you are interested in learning about water conditions in specific countries, The World Water Assessment Programme conducted case studies since 2000. Its newest publication is The United Nations World Water Development Report 3, Case Study Volume: Facing the Challenges which you can find on UNESCO’s website.
Want to learn more about global water issues? Want to find projects that you and/or your school/community can do? Check out the websites below.
Global Volunteer Network provides short-term volunteer programs all over the world. Volunteers can choose to work in various fields such as nature conservation, teaching health and hygiene, providing medical assistance, and other options.
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization aimed at raising awareness about protecting and conserving groundwater. There are educational resources for children, young adults, and teachers that are available for free.
H2O for Life is a nonprofit and volunteer based organization that links schools in the United States to several schools in developing nations to complete WASH-in-Schools projects.
Keiyo Soy Ministries is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve living conditions of the people living in the Keiyo region in Kenya. The goals are to provide clean drinking water to the people, establish health care clinics, assist in training young pastors, and other endeavors. Almost every year, Dr. Korich arranges a humanitarian trip from the United States to Kenya for water projects.
The Peace Corps engages in various volunteer program worldwide. Most projects are long term and require you to already have experience and skills in certain industries. You need to be over 18 years old in order to join.
The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative works with Engineers Without Borders and other organizations to help bring water systems to certain villages in the developing communities. Volunteers can also apply for their Water Ambassadors Program where students are trained to teach global water issues awareness to local high schools.
ProjectWet is a nonprofit water education organization that reaches out to children and adults. They produce educational materials, workshops, and events. Visit their website to learn about global water issues and get teaching materials. They also have a list on how to conserve water.
The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale has a LifeStraw project where you can donate money to the purchasing and delivering of LifeStraws to people in Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Ghana, and other countries.
Traveling Mercies was founded by Aldo Magazzeni to aid in humanitarian efforts in various nations. Mr. Magazzeni also speaks with high school students around the Philadelphia area about global water issues and the projects that he has worked on.
Water Advocates is a US-based organization that seeks to raise funds for water and sanitation projects worldwide. Funding comes from US Government, businesses, philanthropic organizations, faith-based groups, and other private sources. They also have Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH)-in-Schools programs where you can help improve water and sanitation conditions in schools in developing nations.
Water For People aims to improve the quality of life of those living in developing countries through water resources, sanitation facilities, and education programs. The organization works with local organizations to solve local issues. They also have The H2O Challenge in which they partnered with The H2O Project. The challenge is that for two weeks, you would make water your only beverage choice. The money that you would have spent on other drinks (coffee, tea, soda, etc) is to be contributed to Water For People or an organization of your choice.