#TalkJustice: Clean Water

talkjustice #TalkJustice: Clean Water  Last week we talked Hunger. Clean water is another great justice topic to start with for kids. They understand thirst. Beyond, thirst we can teach them that unclean water makes people sick. We can talk about water scarcity and how that affects everyone on the planet.

Whenever we talk to our kids about justice issues we can be positive, because there are so many ways we can help! Even though the topics can be heavy, we can make a difference, and that’s something to be excited about. cleanwater conversation starters Help your family go deeper:

  • Do we use more than our share of water?
  • Imagine using unclean water for laundry, showers, drinking, cleaning dishes.
  • What dangers might occur trying to transport clean water to your home? Might it make you vulnerable? Would you have time to attend school?
  • Without water could anything survive?
  • More and more people face water scarcity. How could that affect everyone on the planet?
  • If you had to walk thirty minutes to get clean water, how would you use water differently?

clean water booksKids Books About Clean Water: 

Clean Water for Elirose: by Ariah Fine 

A Long Walk to Water: by Linda Sue Parker

Ryan and Jimmy: by Herb Shoveller

One Well: by Rochelle Strauss

Mimi’s Village: by Katie Smith Milway

19 Ways to Take Action!

A Clean Water Twitter List to Follow.

Follow our About Proximity #TalkJustice Pinterest Board.

Introducing #TalkJustice Summer Serve Play Groups! Come over to our Facebook Event Page to learn more. We will be exploring topics and making a difference in community, using a series of books donated to us from CitizenKid. Hosted by About Proximity (that’s me) and my Mom, a public school family advocate for two decades.

I LOVE to hear from you! Did you try any hunger or clean water activities? What conversations came up in your family? 

Next Up: Education

winter giving.

winter 10

Donate Warmth

The cold temperatures this winter have affected so many. I know our local shelter has ran out of space and mattresses various time this winter. Donate warmth to those that need it most. Check out the needs of your local homeless shelter. One Warm Coat has great resources for holding coat drives. Donate through UNICEF featuring a winter kit for Syrian refugee children.


I often include We Give Books as a service option. It’s a great way to involve kids in giving. Choose a book on-line, read it together, and join efforts to help kids receive reading materials around the world. Pull out blankets and hot cocoa and you are ready to go. Find winter theme books featured on their front page.

Get Crafty

Kids love to craft. Try one of the twelve ideas featured in the ezine IMPACT with crafts! These crafts make a difference. Try some DIY crafty fun to bless others with Leslie at Pink Stripey Socks.

Give Back to Families through Ronald McDonald House

Every year 7 millions families are able to stay together during treatment for a sick family member. Find your closest local chapter and gather some of the following item donations that help keep their work going and families comfortable.

International World Women’s Day 

March 8 is International World Women’s day. Gather up a group of girls and watch the documentary film Girl Rising. Use the companion curriculum to go deeper into the lives of the girls featured in the film.

Senior Hunger

Watch this infographic about the Meals on Wheels Program. Find your closest local chapter here; volunteers make and deliver meals every day. Purchase The Made With Love Cookbook and work through the recipes with your family. Proceeds go to Meals on Wheels and the cookbook features former First Lady Barbara Bush, Martha Stewart, and Dr. Maya Angelou.

World Water Day 

World Water Day is March 22, 2014. Check out this amazing list of 200 ways to conserve water. Go through the list with your family and choose some to implement.

Is there a way you serve specifically in the winter months? 

Come by next Wednesday for special Valentine’s Serve Ideas! 

World Water Day


water stat


PicMonkey Collage

Today is World Water Day.

Behind every one of those statistics are people.

Join the work of WaterAid a partner organization of the Global Team of 200.

Read more about how you can get your whole family involved in this post about fighting poop justice with World WaterAid Kid Resources!

Clean water plays a huge role in helping girls attend school on a regular basis.


Water is Life

This graphic is from Living Water International


An American taking a 5-minute shower uses more water than a typical person in a developing country slums uses in a whole day.  ~2006 United Nations Human Development Report

  • In developing countries 80% of illness is linked to poor water conditions.  ~United Nations
  • ½ the World’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from disease related to un-safe drinking water. ~United Nations Development Program
  • 443 million school days are lost each year due to water related diseases.  ~United Nations Development Program
  • Girls under the age of 15 are twice as likely as boys their age to be the family member responsible for fetching water.  ~UNICEF
  • More than 1 in 8 people do not have access to safe drinking water.  ~United Nations
  • 1 out of every 5 deaths under the age of 5 is due to water-related disease. ~United Nations

Whether your life is comfortable or not, most citizens of the United States do not have to worry about clean water.  Imagine not having enough clean water for your family.  Imagine sending your young daughter away to gather the water for your family, opening the door for danger, taking time away from her education.  Imagine watching your child suffer from a water-related illness.  Imagine your children not being able to attend school due to lack of sanitation.  These scenarios are difficult to imagine because we have not faced them and they are uncomfortable.  These examples occur each and every day throughout the World.  We can help ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

How can you help?

  • Join in on World Water Day         March 22, 2012

You can download a brochure here.

This brochure is a great resource for families to look at together.

  • Be good stewards of the clean water resources we have.

Check out Clean Water Action

Check out National Geographic’s Freshwater Initiative

National Geographic has great photographs for families to view together.

  • The options for giving or becoming involved in clean water initiatives around the World are vast here are links to just a few.  Add additional programs that I might have missed in the comments section below.

The Water Project 


Charity Water

  • Many of the organizations cited in other posts have clean water initiatives as well.
  • Talk to your family about clean water today at dinner.  Educate your children.  A thankful heart for what we have is priceless.