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A Film Festival on Water in India

March 25, 2013

Complementing the Art Exhibition on Water, a Film Festival on Water was held on March 24 at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, open to the public and the students of this institution. Films on many issues relating to water were screened, including the short films created by the young filmmakers who participated in ONE DROP’s filmmaking workshop this winter.

As part of Project India, ONE DROP has encouraged young Indians to express their water-related thoughts on camera. They travelled to 12 villages to create 23 new short films about local water and sanitation issues. Around 500 people were expected to take part in the festival.


Water in Burkina Faso: It’s everyone’s responsibility!

March 22, 2013

March 22, World Water Day, 300 people took part in the Procession des porteurs de vérité, a colourful march of women in traditional dress carrying utensils, vessels and other utilitarian objects related to water. This “procession of truth-bearers” began in Banfora and continued for six kilometres—the distance many African women have to walk to collect water.

Some pushed carts or rickshaws filled with water, while others rode bicycles carrying carefully balanced water containers. Many men, including camel drivers from the Sahel, walked bearing buckets and containers in solidarity with the women. While joyful and accompanied by stilt-walkers, singers and puppeteers, this march carried a powerful message: water is everyone’s responsibility!

"Nuestra Agua 2013" in Nicaragua

March 22, 2013

The Community Water Management Festival and Forum, entitled "Nuestra Agua 2013," taking place in the city of Granada, Nicaragua, from March 17 to 22, seeks to position community water management as a key model for Latin America. Community management contributes to the improvement of the population’s quality of life as well as the conservation of water resources and the protection of the environment.

ONE DROP will take part in the Forum to present its unique approach to development. Infrastructures that make it possible to better manage rainwater and to guarantee families’ food security without wasting water resources will be put forward. ONE DROP will also explain the impact of access to microcredit for agricultural producers. And the awareness-raising show Circo Agua Clara will also be presented on Granada’s public square on March 23!

A new awareness-raising show in El Salvador

March 22, 2013

On March 7, ONE DROP’s partner in El Salvador, Asociacion de Arte Dramático (AAD), launched its second water-themed awareness-raising show, entitled “Tras-Tornado”. This gala event, held at the National Theatre in San Salvador, was attended by representatives from the Canadian and Guatemalan embassies in El Salvador, Oxfam-Québec, the World Food Programme and many others.

For ONE DROP, art and culture are powerful tools for popular education. This new show, which is performed in communities in front of hundreds of local people, addresses the need to adapt to climate changes, which often have a dramatic impact on agricultural societies.

To mark World Water Day on March 22, the show will not only be presented in the town of Corinto, but also broadcast on national television’s Canal 10!

Latrines and clean hands for all in Burkina Faso

March 20, 2013

On March 19, as part of World Water Day celebrations organized by the Espace Culturel Gambidi and the Musée de l’eau, the longest queue to use latrines and hand-washing facilities ever seen in the history of the Toussiana district was formed, starting at the Nianaba elementary school, with 300 participants! The partners of ONE DROP hope this activity will encourage the population to adopt healthy hygiene habits and heads of households to use latrines at home.

We must not forget that 2.5 billion people (nearly one third of the world’s population) do not have access to adequate sanitation facilities. This situation means 3 million children die from diseases caused by contaminated water every year. The lack of access to water and sanitation also deprives girls and boys from their right to learn, as illness and the need to collect water force them to abandon the classroom.



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