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All-Star Water World Gifts

In this series of activities, participants consider the fact that the less water you have, the more valuable it becomes.

Copies of Resource One, Water World Photos, one for every two participants Art materials including scissors, glue, glitter, and markers

Copies of Resource Two, Water Jumble Cards, one set for each participant Copies of Resource Three, Water World Identity Cards, one set for each group of five participants One-liter bottle of water

Have the participants divide into pairs. Give each pair a set of the photos youve copied and trimmed from Resource 1, Water World Photos. Invite participants to play a game of I Spy by identifying the following things: Water uses Water sources

Ask each pair to create captions for each photo. Then invite them to display the photos on a wall in order of how important they are. Ask which of these things people could not live without. Give each participant a set of the Water Jumble Cards and ask them to match the water problems with the solutions. Divide the participants into groups of five and give a different Water World Identity Card to each person in the group. Explain that each card provides information about the use of the water in the bottle you are holding. Unfortunately there is not enough water for everyone in this game. So each players job is to give a convincing reason why they should get the water instead of someone else. Allow a few minutes for them to read their card and think of their reason.

Ways of collecting water Draw comparisons between the use of water in the photos from the U.S. and those in the photos from Niger. Ask: What are the differences? Where does water seem to be more valuable? Why might this be? What makes you think this?

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Tell participants to imagine they are in a courtroom. Ask a couple of the groups to give their reasons to a jury who will vote to decide who should get the water. Encourage one person from the jury to explain why they decided as they did. Allow another jury member to physically give the water to the chosen person, saying, Congratulations, you are getting water. Use it wisely. Encourage feedback from the participants about the exercise. How did they feel when their request for water was accepted or rejected? Was anybody surprised at who got the water? Was anybody shocked that only one person got the water when several reasons seemed equally important?

To extend this activity, add a drama component, encouraging participants to create a story for the character they are representing by imagining their lifetheir likes, dislikes, personality, etc. You may wish to create scripts and use props and stagesetting. Before you begin the activity, you may wish to explain any vocabulary that is unfamiliar to the participants. Refer the participants back to the Water Jumble Cards. Give them the art supplies you have gathered and invite them to customize their cards. Conclude the session by inviting the participants to join you in prayer. Pray for those in need of access to clean water. Pray for the day when everyone, regardless of where they live, will have safe and plentiful water sources.
(Adapted from the resource titled Water World, produced by World Vision United Kingdom. Used with permission.)



Hold up the bottle of water and explain that at least 50 times this amount of water is needed by every person every day to meet basic needs such as making meals, drinking, bathing and washing hands, and using the toilet. But in some countries like the United States, people have over 200 times the amount of water every day, whereas in places like Niger, water is so scarce that many people have the equivalent of only a few bottles a day and are forced to decide which of their water needs is more important, often hurting their health.

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Resource One





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Water Jumble Cards

Resource Two

To cut out and jumble. See activity plan.

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Dirty water can contain Guinea worms

Drinking through a special lter pipe stops Guinea worm infection

Clean, safe water near to homes gives children time for school Collecting water from the well can take a long time

Animals can pollute wells

Covering the well and having a tap can stop water pollution

Even well water can be too salty to drink

Fresh rain water can be collected in special water tanks

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Water World Identity Cards

Resource Three

To cut out and jumble. See activity plan.

WHO? My name is Adamou. I am a boy from Niger. WHY? I need clean water to wash with. WHAT? This water is for me and all my friends. If we cannot have it we will not be able to stay clean. Infection can spread from person to person and make us blind.



WHO? My name is Eila. I am a girl from Kenya. WHY? I need clean water to drink because the river is nearly dry. There has been no rain for nearly three years. WHAT? This water is for my family. If I cannot have it I will have to dig in the sand and nd my own water. I will use a cup to get the water out. This water is not nice to drink.


WHO? My name is Dal. I am a boy from Sudan. WHY? I need clean water to drink because the river is full of Guinea worms. WHAT? This water is for my family. If we cannot have it I will have to give them dirty water. The worms will grow inside their tummies and make them ill.


WHO? My name is Eric. I am a man from Senegal. WHY? I need clean water to grow my crops. WHAT? This water is for my farm. If I cannot have it I will spend all my time getting water from the well. I will have no time to grow my plants or feed my animals. I will not make any money.


WHO? My name is Martin. I am a man from France. WHY? I need clean water to wash food. I sell this food in my restaurant. WHAT? This water is for food preparation. If I cannot have it I can turn on the tap and get as much as I need.


WHO? My name is Mary. I am a woman from America. WHY? I need clean water for my washing machine. Then I can wash my clothes really quickly. WHAT? This water is for hygiene. If I cannot have it I can turn on the tap and get as much as I need.

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