World Water Day 2015
Let’s celebrate World Water Day with DAKTARI Bush School!
On Sunday 22th of March 2015, the planet celebrates water on Earth! Water is a gift of life, a gift that everyone has to honour and care about. Yet today, about 750 million people lack access to safe water and about 2.5 billion people don’t have access to improved sanitation*.
For this upcoming special day, Temesho, 14 tell us about his story with water. Temesho lives in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. In his village there is no safe tap water or proper sanitation. The option? Walk everyday, sometimes for hours, carrying laundry to the only free source of water around: the river. “The river is full of paper and all things”, Temesho tell us, but “me and my family we need water to drink”. The water from the river is used for ordinary house tasks like cleaning, cooking, washing and most of it, drinking. The conclusion, the locals are forced to pollute more and more of the river with chemical cleaning products and put their lives and those of the animals in danger.
On World Water Day this year, DAKTARI, through the eyes of this little boy, would like to pass the message that education can save lives and protect the environment! We have to educate the underprivileged children about the importance of drinking safe water and not to pollute the river. Also, we have to make people everywhere understand the seriousness of water conservation. Realise today and everyday, the water that you use is a gift and not something that should ever be taken for granted.
A story of water, with Temesho
Do not waste water and close your tap. Reduce your consumption of water. Teach your children to use water in a good way.
*Resources: World Health Organization and UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). (2014). Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation, 2014 Update.