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Can Art Help Save A Life?. Stephen Silliman and Dan Buonadonna Benin Coloring Book Project. From the CIA Fact Book, 2000. There is a VERY different world out there!. Think about what could happen if 1 out of 10 of your classmates gave 1 week every five years. Just think . . .

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Can Art Help Save A Life?

Stephen Silliman and Dan Buonadonna

Benin Coloring Book Project

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From the CIA Fact Book, 2000

There is a VERY different

world out there!

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Think about what could happen if 1 out of 10 of your classmates gave 1 week every five years.

Just think . . .

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  • Local Ownership: The belief by the local population that they have contribution to planning, financial interest in, and responsibility for project

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  • Lack of Local Ownership may not stop a project, but . . .

  • It will certainly make it more difficult to make it successful in the long run

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Why Water?

Water Is Life

  • Water is Life

  • Water is Religion

  • Water Requires Use

  • Water is Science

  • Water is Contaminated

  • Water Requires Education

  • Water is Purity

  • Water is Death

  • Water Requires Protection

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Benin, Africa

Country of Approximately

4 Million People

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Scenes From Benin

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Food / Shopping In Benin

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Religious Life in Benin

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History in Benin

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Future Spirit in Benin

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Working in Benin

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Water Challenges

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Water Opportunities

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Summary: Motivation

IMR ~ 10%

Rate of Death by Age 5 ~ 30%+

IMR < 1%

Rate of Death by Age 5 < 5%

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Keys to Making This Happen

  • Technology Transfer

  • Improve University-Level Education



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  • University of Notre Dame: All Phases of Projects including Lead on Financing

  • Universite Nationale du Benin: Education of Students and Research on Wellhead Protection and Augmentation

  • Central Afrika Obota (CAO): Oversight of Driller’s Training and Local Education

  • Direction L’Hydraulique: Government Oversight of Project, Particularly Drilling and Augmentation

  • Office of the Ambassador to the United Nations: Political Support / Moral Support

  • Local Government: Local Support

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Training / Drilling

Extensive Training Crew


Placing Screen /


Bailing the Well

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Mud Pump


Drill Stem

Swivel / Motor


Bits and Supplies

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Local Ownership

Locals / Students Working Together And

Contributing to Slotting of Screen

Locals Transporting Water for Drilling

Locals Have Built Pad for Pump

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Needs Regarding Education and Understanding

  • Education and Understanding

    • Create Education Tool at Low Cost but High Impact

    • Distribute to Children in U.S. and Benin

    • Encourage Communication Based on Education Tool

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Successful Campaigns

  • Smokey the Bear

  • Don’t Litter

  • “Brains on Drugs”

  • Restaurant Advertising through Coloring Books

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Little Drip


South Bend

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Goal of this Group

  • Connect “Little Drip” to the minds of kids

    • Benin, Africa

    • South Bend, Indiana

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  • Kids Love Coloring / Activity Books

  • 4-8 Page Book Inexpensive to Produce

  • Crayons Inexpensive to Obtain

  • Coloring Pictures Jumps Language Barriers

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Hand Pump


Washing Hands

Dirty Hands



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Find The Good and Bad Drops

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Where’s the Little Drip With . . .

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Ideas to Get Across

  • Clean Water = Good Water

  • Dirty Water = Sickness

  • Hygiene = Happy

  • No Hygiene (hands, food, etc.) = Sickness

  • Proper use of Latrines / Bathroons = Happy

  • Improper Disposal of Waste = Sickness

  • Others???????

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  • Prefer Zero Language - or - English and French

  • Black and White

  • Easily Copied

  • Socially Sensitive

  • Even Number of Pages

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Time Line

  • Draft By April 15

    • Feedback from local school

  • Second Draft by End of Semester

    • Bring to Benin for feedback

  • Final Modifications in Fall Semester

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Thanks for Caring Enough to Help

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