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This is a new project being sponsored by the United
Nations Cyberschoolbus to help communities around the
globe that don't have access to safe drinking water.
Recent estimates indicate that 1.1 billion people don't
live near water that is safe to drink. People living
in rural communities suffer the most because they often
lack the resources to improve the quality of water when
it is contaminated. Over 2 million people in developing
countries, most of them children, die every year from
diseases associated with a lack of safe drinking water,
inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene. Increasing
the number of people that have access to safe drinking
water is one of the Millennium
Development Goals established by countries around
the world to help eradicate poverty.
But what can we do about it? How will the Pumped Up
for Peace project help? The main aim of the project
is to rally teachers and students around the world to
raise money to help communities install filtration systems
that will remove organisms (for example, bacteria, parasites,
viruses, and cysts) that are contaminating their water
or to install water pumps that will allow them to access
clean water that is under the ground.
Who are we going to help?
The first community we will be helping is the native
community of Huacaria located in the Amazon rain
How can I join this project?
To participate in this project a teacher must fill
out and submit the registration
Once you and your class are registered you will receive
a regular update from the community of Huacaria about
progress they are making in building a healthy environment.
What will we be doing?
Classrooms that register for this project will:
- Learn about the challenges of finding water that
is safe to drink, the impact that lack of safe water
is having on people's health, and what is being
done to increase access to clean water.
- Be able to ask
UN experts about water issues
- Raise awareness about water issues in their communities
- Conduct a fundraising campaign to help other communities
gain access to safe drinking water. (Learn
what one group of students in the United States
are doing to raise money for the community of Huacaria.)
- Test the quality of the water in their community.
Watch two video clips filmed for Planet H2O that feature Pumped Up for Peace!
video clip 1 video clip 2
Planet H2O, explores water conservation through the eyes of young people. The 2-part series was broadcast on public television stations across the United States during April 2006.
Cyberschoolbus would like to thank:
The Task Force on Sustainable Development and Peace Education
from the CONGO Education Committee for giving birth to this
Nancy Santullo, Executive Director of the House
of the Children (HOTC) and Glenn Shepard, Jr., medical
anthropologist for providing the photos and content used
in this web site;
Faye Feller, Director of Pumped Up for Peace, for her role
in developing youth leadership and raising funds for this
Donna Goodman, author of Every
Body Counts, Every Drop Matters, for bringing this project