Next Sunday the 22nd of March we celebrate World Water Day. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development’. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.
Football For Water sees these linkages on a day-to-day basis in its work. When our country coordinators mention they feel they contribute to a better future of their country, it may seem to be a big claim. However, the impact of simple lessons such as washing your hands or advising your peers about clean water sources are tremendous. Children are less ill, able to be at school more often, and get better results. Also the mothers of these children have in some places easier access to clean water via the Football For Water project. For example, the school in the center of the community sells the water. This creates easier access to a clean water source. In addition, the school generates an income to help it become more sustainable and less or not dependent on external funding. So also the mothers of the children are able to spend more time with their children, or at work or to undertake economic initiatives.
As a result, the effect is big. Right now, we are very proud that we have already proven these positive changes in the lives of 250.000 children. 250.000 ambitious children who can dream about being a doctor, teacher or architect. And this way, they help to build the futures of Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya.
And surprisingly, this future starts all with a ball. Recently, effects of studies have shown that we are able to pass on the important messages more efficiently than without the power of the world’s most famous game.
So, this World Water Day, we hope that you will all pause to think about the big effects you can have on the society around you. And, we would like to express our gratitude to Hilda, Manuel and Peter, the people who create a better future for respectively Ghana, Mozambique and Kenya.
Happy World Water Day!