Water Day: The Reality of Water
A little while ago, a Reality of Water event was held at a homeschool function in Ontario. Team GFA member Wendy gave a presentation about the lack of water access in different places around the world to 7 families and 30 children. To help bring the facts and figures to life, she showed what 6km looked like on a map in their local area – which is how far some people walk every day to draw water. Wendy brought a bag filled with 340 toy blocks and dumped it on a table to show how much water Canadians consume daily per person (each block representing 1 litre).
She also organized an outdoor activity later in the day where children could try to carry buckets of water. There were three sizes of buckets: 6 litres, 10 litres and 20 litres. The children stood in a line and passed the buckets down the row, but the 20L bucket was just too heavy to lift! There were spills and splashes, which made the activity all the more fun. Then a challenge was issued to the families: spend one day (“Water day”) living only with the water they would have if they were living in a water impoverished area. Each family was allotted a total of 20 litres for each person age 13 and over, and 10 litres for each child under 13.
The following week, the families reconvened to discuss their Water Day experience. Across the board, participants said they learned a lot about the importance of water and the difficulty that others experience when it is scarce. It was surprising to many to see the vast difference in knowing about a topic and actually living it. As a result, one family was moved to start a myGFA campaign and invited others to contribute $20 per month for 10 months to fully support one Jesus Well.
You can take the challenge too! Choose one day to be a Water Day for your household. Measure out 10 litres of water for every child 12 and under, and 20 litres for everyone 13 and over. You can encourage others to join you, or start your own myGFA campaign for a BioSand Water Filter or Jesus Well and invite friends and family to support your Water Day.