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SIGNIFICANT AND LASTING CHANGES

September 05, 2013

Families chosen for the project have many challenges to take on. What is the most crucial one at this time?

The targeted families are among the poorest of El Salvador and the lack of water is the main cause of poverty in the project's intervention zone. A family of five has an average household income of US$296 per month. This revenue, which comes essentially from agriculture, is spent on food, education and health. A life expectancy that is much shorter than in other parts of the country, a high rate of malnutrition among children, a very high illiteracy rate (32.9%) and a very low education rate (less than four years) are the consequences of this level of poverty.

What major changes have you noted since the project got under way?

The changes I've seen are remarkable, significant and lasting. The project's targeted families now have water for consumption and for agricultural production. We notice an important decrease in gastrointestinal diseases in families (in children, in particular) who use water filters and latrines. Collected and stored rainwater enables families to grow an abundance of quality vegetables (radishes, tomatoes, cabbage, and so on) all year round, which they also sell. So in addition to providing them with essential vitamins and nutrients, these vegetables enable families to triple their income which, for instance, is then used to buy clothes for the children, medication and school supplies.

What can you tell us about ONE DROP's "tripod" approach?

Developed by ONE DROP, the tripod approach is a one-of-a-kind and innovative approach, as it attacks the causes of poverty head on. With it, concrete and long-lasting measures related to water management, microfinancing, and social arts and popular education can be implemented. The targeted families, especially young people, are mobilized on environment-related issues and challenges in their region and, in particular, on those related to universal access to water. Families gradually adopt healthy habits and behaviours that respect the environment and the water resource. In addition, Oxfam-Québec's on-site cooperation and the work accomplished with local partners ensure the community's access, an understanding of their needs and, in the long term, the sustainability of measures taken.

What helps to make the impact of our projects sustainable?

Projects make use of a simple technology adapted to the conditions of the intervention zone. For the most part, irrigation systems, water filters, latrines and energy-efficient stoves are built using local materials and are installed by local producers themselves, who are specifically trained for this purpose. In this way, maintenance is easily and accessible to all. Microfinancing offers families the possibility of starting large-scale agricultural activities (i.e., production of laying hens, pork production, tilapia farming and so on), which enables them to double or triple their annual income. In addition to greatly improving their quality of life, the money earned enables them to maintain the water infrastructure. Finally, making changes in behaviour and mobilizing families around water issues have remarkable and lasting effects.

What living conditions would you like to see in the intervention zones in 10 or 20 years from now?

All our efforts are aimed at ensuring that, in 10 to 20 years from now, the following goals have been reached:

- The entire population in the project's intervention zones has access to safe water in quantities that are sufficient for family consumption and agriculture.

- All families have access to quality food in quantities that can adequately feed each of their members.

- All families can carry out profitable economic activities allowing them to have enough money to send their children to school, to dress them, and to offer them health care when necessary.

- Members of a community work together to ensure that the intervention zone is planted with trees, that it has an abundant quantity of safe water and that all vulnerable zones are protected.

- Producers no longer resort to the slash-and-burn agriculture before sowing, no longer cultivate on soil that is sensitive to erosion and no longer use herbicides or chemical fertilizers.

We aim for changes that are significant and lasting.


To drink in style

July 26, 2013

Our friends at AQUAOVO and Sid Lee Collective have come together to create a new collection of vintage glass vessels in honor of four important rivers of the world. This collection includes four gorgeous bottles specifically designed to safely carry, store and serve your favorite beverages. For each bottle sold, $1 will be donated to ONE DROP in support of universal access to safe water.

http://www.aquaovo.com/en/bouteille/...

ONE DROP CELEBRATES WWD BY RAISING $5.3 MILLION

May 07, 2013

ONE DROP and Cirque du Soleil adopted an innovative approach to celebrate World Water Day (WWD). The One Night for ONE DROP benefit concert, conceived by Cirque du Soleil and which recognizes the Earth as an artistic creation and highlights the importance of water to its precious ecosystem, was presented for one night only in Las Vegas, in the “O” theatre at the Bellagio.

From March 25 to 31, ONE DROP gave the public the opportunity to witness this moving homage to water. Through a $5 donation, many of you were able to actively support our mission of ensuring that water is accessible to all, today and forever, by watching ONE NIGHT for ONE DROP.

As the mastermind behind One Week for ONE DROP, Cirque also chose to mark WWD with several fundraising events held between March 18 and 22.

We are proud to announce that all these wonderful initiatives combined have raised $5.3 million to fund ONE DROP initiatives worldwide.

The ONE DROP team would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed from near and far to the resounding success of the 2013 WWD celebrations.

HONDURAS: A LEGENDARY WATER FESTIVAL!

May 07, 2013

To mark World Water Day (WWD), Teatro Taller Tegucigalpa, together with ONE DROP and Oxfam-Québec, organized the “Water Festival.” Transforming Redondel de los Artesanos—a large square with an impressive fountain in the heart of Tegucigalpa—for the occasion, the artist RIFH (Iván Fiallos) set the tone for the festival by imagining an urban area reigned by unbridled creativity.

In the Honduran capital, 35% of families are not connected to municipal water facilities. They have to wait for the trucks that go up and down their neighbourhood streets to receive water. To show solidarity with these people, twelve artists and groups joined forces to present their artistic creations on the theme of water to the city’s residents.

It’s in this eclectic atmosphere that young and old alike celebrated water on March 22. The artists expressed themselves through a variety of artistic disciplines including theatre, video mapping, juggling, contemporary dance, water drums, living statues, dramatic sculpture, projections, DJing and much more! This colourful event will without a doubt go down in the annals of the capital!

To find out more about the activities organized as part of WWD 2013, see the news section of ONEDROP.org.

WWD 2013: ONE DROP CELEBRATES WATER AROUND THE WORLD

May 07, 2013

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.



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