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LACK OF CLEAN WATER
causes millions o people in developing countries tosuer needlessly and constantly rom diseases such as diarrhea and parasitic inections.This compromises the immune systems o entire communities, but has the most impacton children younger than 5.
WATERBORNE AND WATER-RELATED DISEASES
worsen the alreadydebilitating eects o malnutrition, and seriously impede the physical and mentaldevelopment o these young children—sometimes permanently. When opportunisticinections coincide with malnutrition and weakened immune systems, the result is alltoo oten tragic and needless death.
WHERE A CLEAN WATER SOURCE
is unavailable to a community, it is less likelythat schools will be built there, or that properly trained teachers will move to thecommunity, even i a school and teacher’s quarters have been provided to attract them.
GIRLS AND WOMEN ARE THE “WATER HAULERS”
o the developing world.On average, women and girls in developing countries walk nearly our miles a day,carrying ve gallons o water, to supply the amily needs or water or drinking,cooking, washing, irrigating crops, and watering livestock. This enormous taskgreatly reduces the time available or other productive work such as household tasks,gardening, or engaging in income-generating activities. The time taken to collect waterhas a signicant negative impact on girls’ education—girls may miss classes or arriveat school exhausted because they have already spent hours walking to collect water ortheir amily’s daily needs.
(The above statistics are rom: UNICEF: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
INCLUDED IN THIS DISCUSSION GUIDE
is a Personal Water Use chart detailingthe number o gallons o water used or typical daily activities, such as taking a showeror washing dishes. Have each person ll out the chart based on their individual wateruse. As a group, how much water are you using every day? How much o that amountdo you think is wasteul?» Also included is a chart detailing domestic water use by country. Compare dailydomestic water use around the world. How would you explain the dierences?
HOW HAVE YOUR THOUGHTS
about water and water use changed aterwatching the lm and completing the water chart activity?