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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.
We're all ramping up for the Sustaining the Blue Planet conference in less than a month, and as the conference draws nearer, we have more details about the great speakers, organizations and events that will be taking place. The full conference agenda is now available, and here are some highlights:
It's not too late to register, either for the conference or the pre- and post-conference Field Tours to Yellowstone. Click here to reach the main registration page, or visit the conference website for more information.
Discover Water: The Role of Water in Our Lives is an exciting new online resource with everything you need to teach about water in your classroom. The Project WET Foundation, world leader in water education, is working to create the foremost resource for teachers and students about water education online.
Event: Discover Water: Learn how to engage students with water education
Description: In this FREE, 60 minute event you will get a tour of this exciting new resource and learn how it can make teaching about water in your classroom fun!
Host: Laurina Lyle Ph.D., Executive Director and National Network Coordinator, Project WET USA
Click on a session to register:
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time
"We'll know the value of water when the well runs dry."
Millions of people have learned the value of water the hard way. For some, it is learned through illness caused by dirty water. For others, the price of a broken well is an education cut short, as children are forced to miss school to fetch water from distant and polluted sources. For others still, it is a loss of dignity when their latrines fill, and with no way to empty them, families are left to use the bathroom outdoors, creating health challenges for communities. When water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems stop working, the value of sustainable WASH interventions becomes overwhelmingly clear.
Today, in response to the need for sustainability in WASH, more than 20 leading organizations from around the world, including the Project WET Foundation, have endorsed the WASH Sustainability Charter, a collaboratively developed mission and set of guiding principles that advance sustainable solutions in WASH. These organizations have agreed to work toward the principles outlined in the Charter and support projects that will work for generations, not years. While no central organization will measure compliance with the Charter, endorsers will encourage and empower each other to apply the Charter's principles and ultimately to improve the sustainability of WASH services around the world.
These organizations recognize that to improve sustainability, we must build on our successes, learn from our failures and agree on a shared vision of sustainable WASH services regardless of one's role or perspective. This Charter brings together donors, implementers, academics, implementing coalitions and other key actors, because sustainability is not just an implementing problem. Nor is it just an academic problem or a donor problem. When a pump breaks, it is everyone's problem. By working together, we can overcome the challenges of sustainability and partner with others to support and deliver long-term services rather than short-term projects.
Today, the launch of the WASH Sustainability Charter marks a milestone, an important first step. It will take a concerted effort by all of us to change the "business as usual" approach and make a true impact on WASH sustainability. The challenge is great, but the stakes have never been higher.
We invite you to endorse the Charter and join us in this movement. We look forward to working with you to ensure that today's progress lays a foundation for tomorrow's future.
Somewhere in the world, a broken water pump sits idle in a field. A few years ago, a well-intentioned group installed the system and captured terrific pictures of smiling children as the mayor cut the ribbon on the new pump. Clean, fresh water started flowing, and the community sprang to life. Until the pump broke. Now, those children don't smile as they miss school and trek long distances to fetch water from a dirty river. They don't smile as their family and friends get sick from waterborne disease, and they don't smile when their community falters without safe water. The money that funded that pump has disappeared down the drain, and the good days of flowing water feel like a pipe dream.
Today, a group of leading organizations has united to make sure that the water never stops flowing. More than 20 organizations that work in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) have endorsed the WASH Sustainability Charter. This Charter is a collaboratively-developed mission and set of guiding principles that advance lasting solutions in WASH. Recognizing that a broken pump affects everyone, endorsers include donors, implementers, academics and WASH implementation coalitions. All have agreed to strive toward the key sustainability principles outlined in the Charter and will work together to encourage and empower all stakeholders to achieve these principles.
By aligning the WASH community around common principles and adopting these ideals in our work, we can do our part to keep clean water flowing and toilets working. By providing a consistent framework for ongoing learning, we can develop best practices that ensure solutions last for generations, not years.
Click here to read the Charter and join the movement.
Editor's note: This item was reposted with permission from the blog of Global Water Challenge.
(via Global Water Challenge)