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A new community water centre in Haiti

March 25, 2013

In Haiti, World Water Day was marked by the inauguration of the community water centre in Mariani. The day began with the presentation of Ayiti, Pawol lapli ak lakansyèl (Haiti: Words of Rain and Rainbows), a multidisciplinary show inspired by Haitian realities which aims to raise spectators' awareness of water-related issues and their role in the reconstruction of the country. Afterwards, the centre was officially opened and its facilities put into service!

Powered by solar energy, the centre provides free, continuous access to drinking water, water for domestic use and showers. After Belloc and Colline Deslandes, this is the third facility of its kind to be installed by Project Haiti. This centre will improve sanitation and living conditions for the community through access to drinking water without risk of disease. It is also a unique gathering place that encourages social cohesion.


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!

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!

The Latrine World Cup in Burkina Faso: Everyone’s a winner!

March 20, 2013

To mark World Water Day, the Coupe régionale des Cascades de Football, organized by the Espace Culturel Gambidi and the Musée de l’eau, was held on March 18 at two high schools in Banfora with 950 participants. This event used soccer—a sport that young people are passionate about—as an educational tool to promote good hygiene in a fun way. In this game, students and teachers tried to kick a ball through a hole in each corner of a big panel, each successful attempt representing an accurate "shot" when using the latrine. Every kick was punctuated by a message developed by the students and their "coach" at the Musée de l’eau on the best hygiene practices.

Lack of access to water and sanitation takes a heavy toll on underprivileged populations. Millions have no choice but to do their business out in the open, in view of everyone. Women suffer especially from this situation. To protect their dignity as much as possible, they must often wait many hours to relieve themselves, putting their health and safety at risk.



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