Nearly two in 10 people do not have access to safe
drinking water, which makes the world water crisis
one of the most significant public health issues of our
time. World Water Day, on March 22, focuses attention
on global water issues. Take a few minutes to
consider this "invisible resource" and how your family
can help ensure that everyone has access to clean
Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
||The Rising Tide of Water Awareness
Make a Difference...
Send a World Water Day e-card.
Host a fundraiser to provide a water
for an African village.
organize a walk for water in your
Create a profile on Starbucks V2V and
explain why this issue is important to your family.
Eat at a TAP project restaurant on March
22-29. Participating restaurants will ask their patrons
to donate $1 or more for the tap water they usually
enjoy for free. Proceeds go to support UNICEF's
efforts to bring clean and accessible water to millions
of children around the world. For every dollar raised, a
child will have clean drinking water for 40 days.
World Water Day is about raising awareness and
educating ourselves (and others!) about the
importance of clean water. Here are simple ways your
family can take part.
Photo: World Water Day
||Making Clean Water Accessible and Affordable
Talk About It...
Clean water reduces the spread of
diarrheal diseases that kill 5,000 children a day.·
Accessible water supplies mean women
can spend time working to earn money or caring for
their families, rather than walking for hours in search
Sufficient water supplies mean there is water
available for washing and watering gardens, as well
as drinking and cooking.
Share these facts from Water Aid
America to explain to
your children why access to clean water is so
The Web offers kid-friendly tools to jump-start
conversations about water issues. Some of our
Take a water quiz.
Enjoy games, interactive slide shows and
videos at the Water Aid website.
If your child is 10 or older, try a
concentration or matching game about
pollution, watch the trailer for a new movie called Flow,
and have fun with an online water
Learn About It...
A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley
(National Geographic Children's Books, 2006). Ages
Photographs depict how people all over the world,
from India to Oman, gather and use water in their daily
lives. The book portrays water as a universal need that
connects all humans.
Ryan and Jimmy and the
Well in Africa That Brought Them Together by
Herb Shoveller (Kids
Can Press; reprint edition, 2008). Ages 9-12. When
Ryan Hreljac learns about the scarcity of clean
drinking water in some countries, he decides to raise
money to build a well in Africa. He saves his money
from doing household chores, and eventually other
people begin to donate, too. After the well is built,
Ryan travels to Uganda to meet Akana Jimmy, one of
the children he has helped. When Jimmy's life is
threatened by rebel forces and he must flee to
Canada with the help of the Hreljac family, the two
boys form an even closer bond. Based on a true story,
the book highlights not only the water crisis, but also
other important issues affecting developing countries.
Photo: Water Aid America
||Did you know?
The amount of water that many families in developing
countries use in a day is the same as that used in a
single flush of the toilet.
Read the story of how Ryan Hreljac and his family
made a world of difference by raising money to build
wells in over a dozen countries. Also, watch this three
minute video about Ryan, together with your children. It
will inspire your family to take action.
Read the story
Watch the Video
Photo: Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That
Brought Them Together by Herb Shoveller (Kids
Can Press; reprint edition, 2008)
||News From DGT
We are grateful for a major grant--and two important
opportunities to promote family volunteerism
Doing Good Together has received a grant
from the Leo
Buscaglia Foundation, whose mission is
Building community spirit by helping people to help
others. We are deeply grateful for their support of our
Doing Good Together has been invited to
showcase our Family Service Night event at the
National Service Learning
Conference in Nashville,
Tenn., on March 19. We will be exhibiting alongside
other notable service-learning projects from across
the country. If you would like more information about
our Family Service Night or want to purchase
Family Service Night Manual,
please visit our
Jenny Friedman, executive director of DGT,
will present at the National
Conference on Volunteering and Service in San
Francisco in June.
She and two colleagues will offer a workshop called
Building a New Generation of Volunteers: Innovative
Strategies for Engaging Youth and Families in