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The global water & sanitation crisis. But First!. ( according to the CIA World Fact Book) Canada = 891 , 163 km 2 of Water!. Arctic Ocean. Pacific Ocean. Atlantic Ocean. Using Water at Home. 1 Litre =. Developing Nations’ water usage per person/day. 20L. 329L.

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The global water & sanitation crisis

But First!...

(according to the CIA World Fact Book)

Canada = 891, 163 km2of Water!







Using Water at Home...




Developing Nations’ water usage per person/day...



Canadian’s water usage per person/day...




25 kids...

x 40, 000, 000...

Every year, 1.5 million brothers, sisters, cousins and friends will die needlessly because they don’t have access to clean water...

That’s the same as 19, 480 school busses...

Its like a domino effect…




THIS is what

many people use as a bathroom…

Who wants this filth near your homes? Near your play grounds? Near your FOOD?!

Have you ever

Heard of flying toilets?

They’re not the kind you find on airplanes…

One of the greatest pollutants of water is human waste…

1 million bacteria


100 parasite eggs!

1 gram

Let’s not be afraid to talk about poop!


Poo, Poo, Poo,

This is a song about poo.

I know the word is taboo

Don’t make a hullaballoo

It’s something all of us do.

But if you haven’t a loo

Then it’s a problem for you

Which is why we have to do

This song about poo!

Dad we’ve had an education

We know all about hygiene

No more squatting by the road side

You have to dig a VIP latrine

A Ventilation Improved Pit

That’s the type we require

With a plastic pipe to catch the flies

And a pile of ash from the fire

Dad, we don’t live in a zoo

You can’t just do doo-doo-doo

Hey Dad we’re talking to you

And the other dads too.

Nobody will come to our house

Other kids all shout at me

“My dads cleaner that your dad”

‘Cause we haven’t got a VIP

Daddy we’re not talking dirty

We agree and so does mum

You should build a latrine

And we’ll all keep it clean!

It will solve the pain in your bum


That was a song about poo

It’s over, finished, and through

Its time to bid it adieu

But if we made a CD

In a week it would be

Number Two


Our role…





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What can YOU do?


Learn more about water and sanitation issues

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Educate others about the issue

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  • Go home and tell your brothers and sisters about what you learned

  • Share what you learned with friends who might not have seen this presentation

  • Talk to your parents and ask them what they think about the issues

Advocate for change

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  • Organize an awareness event on World Water Day, Earth Day or one of the many other Global Days of Action

  • Sign a “Water for Life” advocacy postcard

  • Talk to you parents and teachers about conserving water at home and at school

Donate to help fund projects


Contribute to Watercan’s annual School-by-School Fundraising Challenge to help bring clean water and basic sanitation to kids your age in Africa


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