Since 2011, Water Mission’s Education Initiative has been supported by trained and experienced education advocates passionate about educating youth about the global water crisis and Water Mission’s work. This resource aims to provide tools and activities to engage students around the water crisis in Charleston and nation-wide.
Our team welcomes Charleston area classes to our global headquarters, allowing students to discover the need for safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions around the world. Additional lab exercises provide hands-on learning about engineering and filtration.
When you take a field trip to Water Mission, we will provide a tour of our facility, engage students with fun, hands-on experiences, and provide an opportunity to meet the Water Mission team and learn about our safe water technologies.
To inquire about Water Mission’s Education Initiative and learn more about field trips, school visits, and other resources, please contact us at [email protected].
Nation-wide Resources for Educators
What is the Global Water Crisis?
Here are a few quick facts about a solvable issue affecting billions of people around the world.
2 billion people lack access to safe water.
3.6 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation.
443 million school days are missed yearly because of the global water crisis.
Meet A Family From South America
2 billion people around the world lack access to clean, safe water. Many are families and children like your students. Every day they have to walk an average of three miles to collect water for their families. Oftentimes, the only water available is dirty, unsafe water that makes them sick and unable to play or go to school. Esteisy is a young Peruvian girl who is now healthy and attends school because of clean, safe water.
Watch Esteisy's Story
After watching, ask your students the following questions to help reflect:
- How is their life similar to Esteisy’s life?
- How is it different?
- Have you ever had to think about getting enough water for your entire family for one day?
- If you had to, how would you do it? How would that impact you and your family?
You Can Help Transform Lives!
Here are a few ways you and your students can help by raising awareness and funds to bring clean, safe water to people around the world.
Tell two or more friends about Water Mission and the global water crisis.
Share Water Mission’s work on your parent’s social media or your own (with parent/guardian permission).
Read the books “Water Princess” or “A Long Walk to Water,” and tell your family and ask your teacher if you can share what you learned with the class.
Ask friends and family to pledge support for each lap you walk around your neighborhood while carrying a bucket of water.
Invite friends and family to a Water Mission Walk for Water event near you (or start your own).
We invite you to download and use one or all of the educational resources developed for you and your students.
Dirty Water Made Clean
Witnessing children become passionate about ending the global water crisis is exciting. We would love for children and adults to grow in their awareness of this critical issue. Below are two books we suggest for students, teachers, and families to learn more about what life is like around the world for those who do not have access to clean, safe water.
Water Mission encourages you to review these books to determine readiness and age appropriateness for your children/students both in reading level and content readiness.
Grade level K-3
The Water Princess, by Susan Verde
Grade level 4-7
A Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park