ONE DROP and its partners organized fun activities with a local flavour as part of World Water Day (WWD).
In Banfora, Burkina Faso, hundreds of men and women took part in the “Procession des porteurs de vérité,” a 6 km walk—the distance African women commonly walk to collect water. While joyful, the march nevertheless carried a powerful message: water is everyone’s responsibility!
To encourage the population to adopt healthy hygiene habits, the Espace culturel Gambidi and the Musée de l’eau encouraged Toussiana residents to form the longest queue to use latrines and hand-washing facilities ever seen in the history of the district. In Banfora, our partners opted for the “Coupe régionale des Cascades de Football,” using the sport as an educational tool to promote good habits to youth there.
In Bhubaneswar, India, acclaimed director Shekhar Kapur launched a remarkable exhibition at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), which brings together 35 works by renowned Indian artists who are inspired by water issues. In addition, KISS also screened short films produced by young filmmakers who had participated in a film workshop given by ONE DROP last winter.
In El Salvador, the Asociacion de Arte Dramático (AAD) exclusively presented “Tras-Tornado,” its second show on the theme of water. Performed at the National Theatre of San Salvador before a handpicked audience, “Tras-Tornado” was subsequently broadcast on Salvadoran television on March 22.
In Haiti, WWD was marked by the inauguration of the water community centre in Mariani. The day began with a performance of “Ayiti, Pawol lapli ak lakansyèl” (Haiti: Words of Rain and Rainbows), followed by the official opening and implementation of facilities that will provide water to thousands of people every day.
To find out more about the activities organized for WWD 2013, see the news section of ONEDROP.org.