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Educate. Empower. Act. The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.
Last Friday's World Water Day also saw the launch of a new game for iPhones and iPads that seeks to educate the world about the challenges that girls and women face in the developing world with regard to water. Here's how Women for Water, a partner in the game's development with tech company Decade Global, describes "Get Water!":
The game follows the story of Maya, a young girl in the slums of India who is pulled from school to collect water for her family. Dodging peacocks and shooting boomerangs, the player of the game helps Maya find her way to clean water while discovering new components of Maya's story.
Maya is meant to represent the millions of women and girls who are impacted by the lack of sanitation and clean water. As Women for Water explains,
It turns out that in many parts of the world, water and sanitation facilities or a lack thereof is a strong determinant of a girl's educational achievement and thereby her chances of breaking the cycle of poverty. When schools don't have sanitation facilities, many girls start to miss school when they hit puberty and some even drop out entirely. And in areas where access to clean water is scarce, girls are often asked to stay home to collect and carry clean water for the household. This often causes them to fall behind and prevents them from getting the best education available.
Available as a free download on the iTunes store, "Get Water!" combines a compelling story with real gaming fun. Moreover, the app ultimately aims to raise not only awareness but also funds for providing basic water and sanitation facilities. "Get Water" is one video game you might not mind letting your kids play—once you've had a turn, that is.
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