Water droplet window art raises awareness of water poverty overseas during lockdown
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When school’s closed on 4th January, Monica Conmee, Head of education at international development charity, CAFOD and her team, came up with a plan to engage schools and families in the charity’s Walk for Water Lent campaign. The fun idea they came up with, is creating window art water droplet trails keeping pupils, parents and carers busy channelling their inner Blue Peter!
Walk for Water is CAFOD’s 2021 Lent campaign which starts on the 17th February and ends on the 3rd April. CAFOD supporters across England and Wales will be walking, jogging, running, skipping or dancing 10,000 steps every day for the 40 days of Lent, to raise money to end water poverty overseas.
Head of Education at CAFOD, Monica Conmee said:
“This term has brought many challenges with learning from home, and we are all trying to go outside for fresh air and exercise when we can. By joining the Water Droplet Trail as a family, we can show how even though we are all apart, we are connected. As we display the water droplets and take our walks, we can feel part of our global family.
“We have been inspired by the incredible creativity and generosity of hundreds of children and young people who have decided to step up to this challenge and encourage their families to get involved too.”
The Water Droplet trail encourages children and families to think about vulnerable children and families overseas who don’t have the luxury of water on tap. Families can choose to draw and decorate their own water droplet, keep a count of water droplets displayed in windows around their community, and raise money as a family by being sponsored for each step that they walk.
Bronagh Daley, a CAFOD representative in Leeds, and mother of two, shares how the Water Droplet Trail teaches children to think about others:
“It’s a fun activity for the children and they’ve enjoyed walking around spotting water droplets hanging in windows in our local area.
The walks we take during the trail is an eye opener for my children, and it helps them to think about vulnerable children like Abdul and Mohammed in countries overseas who have to walk further than the distance between their living room and kitchen to get a glass of water.”
Monica concluded: “It is quite something that even in lockdown, school communities continue to keep people in the most vulnerable communities in the world at the heart of what they do. Their effort to support these communities to transform their is a true testament to their care for all.”
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