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  Discussion Guide for   “Water Slideshow”   AFTER VIEWING “WATER SLIDESHOW,” use
  Discussion Guide for   “Water Slideshow”   AFTER VIEWING “WATER SLIDESHOW,” use
 

Discussion Guide for

 
 

“Water

Slideshow”

 

AFTER VIEWING “WATER SLIDESHOW,” use this guide to research issues related to clean water, reflect on how the video impacted you, recall what you learned, respond in tangible ways, reach out with life-changing help, resolve to follow God’s Word, and rely on His goodness and power.

 

Research

» 884 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE lack access to safe water. More than 2.5 billion people worldwide lack basic sanitation facilities.

 

» INADEQUATE ACCESS TO SAFE WATER and sanitation services, coupled with poor hygiene practices, kills and sickens thousands of children every day, and leads to impoverishment and diminished opportunities for thousands more.

» ONE CHILD DIES EVERY 7 because of water or weaning food contaminated by lethal doses of viruses, parasites, and bacteria. More than half of these deaths could be prevented with access to clean water for drinking and soap for hand washing.

 
 

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» LACK OF CLEAN WATER causes millions of people in developing countries to suffer needlessly
» LACK OF CLEAN WATER causes millions of people in developing countries to
suffer needlessly and constantly from diseases such as diarrhea and parasitic infections.
This compromises the immune systems of entire communities, but has the most impact
on children younger than 5.
» WATERBORNE AND WATER-RELATED DISEASES worsen the already
debilitating effects of malnutrition, and seriously impede the physical and mental
development of these young children—sometimes permanently. When opportunistic
infections coincide with malnutrition and weakened immune systems, the result is all
too often tragic and needless death.
» WHERE A CLEAN WATER SOURCE is unavailable to a community, it is less likely
that schools will be built there, or that properly trained teachers will move to the
community, even if a school and teacher’s quarters have been provided to attract them.
» GIRLS AND WOMEN ARE THE “WATER HAULERS” of the developing world.
On average, women and girls in developing countries walk nearly four miles a day,
carrying five gallons of water, to supply the family needs for water for drinking,
cooking, washing, irrigating crops, and watering livestock. This enormous task
greatly reduces the time available for other productive work such as household tasks,
gardening, or engaging in income-generating activities. The time taken to collect water
has a significant negative impact on girls’ education—girls may miss classes or arrive
at school exhausted because they have already spent hours walking to collect water for
their family’s daily needs.
(The above statistics are from: UNICEF: Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Reflect
» INCLUDED IN THIS DISCUSSION GUIDE is a Personal Water Use chart detailing
the number of gallons of water used for typical daily activities, such as taking a shower
or washing dishes. Have each person fill out the chart based on their individual water
use. As a group, how much water are you using every day? How much of that amount
do you think is wasteful?
» Also included is a chart detailing domestic water use by country. Compare daily
domestic water use around the world. How would you explain the differences?
» HOW HAVE YOUR THOUGHTS about water and water use changed after
watching the film and completing the water chart activity?
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Recall » WHY IS CLEAN WATER vital for community development and transformation? » WITHIN THE
Recall
» WHY IS CLEAN WATER vital for community development and transformation?
» WITHIN THE FAMILY, the responsibility of gathering water usually falls on
women. How does this responsibility impact their daily lives and ability to contribute
to the community? How would access to clean water through a new well empower
women to be agents of change in their community?
» WHEN WORLD VISION HELPS a community build a well, water-piping systems,
and other resources for improved sanitation and water purification, the community
provides the labor and World Vision the expertise. Community members are involved
in development from the beginning, when they decide which projects to undertake,
until World Vision leaves and community members assume responsibility for
maintaining the projects. Why do you think it is important for the community to be
involved in every step of development?
Respond
» HOW CAN YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL and as a group decrease the amount of
water you use on a daily basis? How might your decision to consume less help others
and the environment?
» YOU SAW IN THE VIDEO how a well not only brings clean water to a community
but also starts a chain reaction of improvements in crops, livestock, and all other areas
of life. What first step could you take in your community or another community to
bring about positive change and meet the needs of the poor and disadvantaged?
Reach Out
Consider making a difference in the following ways:
»
BECOME EDUCATED ABOUT CLEAN WATER ISSUES. Go to
www.worldvisionresources.com to preview our ever growing educational resources.
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» SPONSOR A CHILD THROUGH WORLD VISION. For just about a dollar a day, you’ll
» SPONSOR A CHILD THROUGH WORLD VISION. For just about a dollar a day,
you’ll provide your sponsored child with access to critical basics such as clean water,
improved nutrition, healthcare, and education. Your gifts will help make a world
of difference for one child and his or her family and community as they continue
development efforts. You may also choose to sponsor a child in an AIDS-affected
nation. For sponsorship information, visit www.worldvisionresources.com. Then click
on the “sponsor a child” icon.
» BECOME AN ADVOCATE. Sign petitions and participate in events to encourage
your legislators and communities to prioritize the provision of access to clean water for
children. Visit www.worldvisionresources.com and click on “programs and events” for
more information.
» DONATE ITEMS FROM THE WORLD VISION GIFT CATALOG to help
communities with development projects that will benefit their children for generations
to come. Gifts include items such as wells, contributions to water and sanitation funds,
trees, goats, mother and child health care, small business loans, school fees, even
bicycles to help children get to school. Visit www.worldvisionresources.com and click
on “programs and events” for more information.
Resolve
»
“He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into flowing springs.”
—PSALM 107:35
»
“Let them give thanks to the Lord … for He satisfies the thirsty.”
—PSALM 107:8, 9A
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with
thirst, but I the LORD will answer them.”
»
—ISAIAH 41:17-18
»
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground…”
—ISAIAH 44:3
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my
disciple, he will certainly not lose his reward.”
»
—MATTHEW 10:42
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Rely Pray that: » FUNDING AND OTHER RESOURCES necessary to complete clean water projects will
Rely
Pray that:
» FUNDING AND OTHER RESOURCES necessary to complete clean water projects
will be readily available. Pray also that communities will find ways to ensure their
water supply is well maintained and managed.
» GOD WOULD CONTINUE using community leaders to educate people about safe
water, health, hygiene, and sanitation in order to minimize disease caused by unsafe
water.
» GOVERNMENT LEADERS, humanitarian organizations, and policymakers will be
strengthened in their efforts to improve access to clean water around the globe.
» WE WILL BE CONSCIOUS of how we use natural resources (including water) as
well as our material resources so that our actions benefit each other and the
environment.
The Scripture in this resource is from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright ©
1973, 1978,1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
During the preparation of this resource, all citations, facts, figures, Internet URLs, and other cited information were
verified for accuracy. World Vision Resources has made every attempt to reference current and valid sources, but we
cannot guarantee the content of any source and we are not responsible for any changes that may have occurred since
our verification. If you find an error in, or have a question or concern about, any of the information or sources listed
within, please contact World Vision Resources.
Copyright © 2010 World Vision, Inc., Mail Stop 321, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716,
wvresources@worldvision.org. All rights reserved.
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HANDOUT 1 Personal Water Use Chart ACTIVITY A. B. C. D. E. Average Number of
HANDOUT 1
Personal Water Use Chart
ACTIVITY
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
Average Number
of Times Activity
Is Done Per Day
Estimated
Total Daily
Amount of
Water Use
Water Used
Class Estimates
of Daily Water
Use
Ranking of Water
Use Activities
(from Column C)
Taking a 10-minute
shower
(standard shower head)
50
gallons
(19/minute)
Taking a 10-minute
shower
(low-flow shower head)
23
gallons
(9/minute)
Taking a bath
39
gallons
Brushing teeth
2 gallons
(water running)
Flushing the toilet
(standard-flow toilet)
3 gallons
Flushing the toilet
(low-flow toilet)
1.9 gallons
Washing dishes by hand
10
gallons
Running a dishwasher
12
gallons
Doing a load of laundry
31
gallons
Watering the lawn
300 gallons
Washing a car
50
gallons
TOTAL Daily Water Use by Household Member
Permission to reproduce is granted. © 2010 by World Vision Inc.
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HANDOUT 2 Domestic Water Use by Country CONTINENT/COUNTRY Domestic Water Use (gallons per day per
HANDOUT 2
Domestic Water Use by Country
CONTINENT/COUNTRY
Domestic Water Use
(gallons per day per person)
AFRICA
17
Egypt
53
Ethiopia
3
Mozambique
2
South Africa
44
EUROPE
Albania
United Kingdom
71
91
30
NORTH AMERICA
Canada
United States
137
208
173
CENTRAL AMERICA
Costa Rica
Honduras
87
145
7
SOUTH AMERICA
Peru
Venezuela
75
43
101
ASIA
31
Azerbaijan
77
Bangladesh
11
China
16
Permission to reproduce is granted. © 2010 by World Vision Inc.
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About World Vision WORLD VISION is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children,
About World Vision
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