Lent 2014 Senior Primary (Video transcript)

Lent 2014 Senior Primary (Video transcript)

[Video instruction: Hit pause when you see the flashing water droplet. Take some time to think about and discuss the questions and facts.}

Did you know that over 75% of the earth’s surface is covered in water? However, most of this is salt water which humans cannot drink. It is estimated that 2.5% of the world’s water is fresh water and only a small amount of it is available for human use. The rest is locked up in polar icecaps.

Water makes up 60% of the human body. Access to safe, clean water is essential to our survival.

[Video instruction: Pause here and discuss all the ways you use water.]

It’s easy to take water for granted. You just turn on the tap and there it is.

In many parts of the world people do not have running water in their homes.

Where do you think these people get their water from?

Water on our planet is in short supply. Every human being needs water to drink, wash, grow food and crops, feed animals, for good health and proper toilets.

Yet, in many parts of the world, people do not have access to water for drinking, health and farming.

780 million people do not have easy access to clean, safe, drinking water.

Our bodies can survive without food for more than one month, but a person can only survive without clean water for one week. Without access to safe water for drinking, cooking and cleaning, people are more likely to get sick from drinking dirty water.

2.5  billion people including almost one billion children live without basic toilet facilities.

Meet Enestina. She is 9 years old and lives in a place called Dedza. Dedza is located in central Malawi.

Meet Erin, she is 10 years old and lives in Ireland. When Erin needs water she turns on the tap in her home.

In Malawi women and girls are responsible for collecting water up to six times per day.

People in Enestina’s village take their water from the Camboni river.

Enestina started carrying water when she was 6 years old. She now fetches water twice or three times a day, starting at 5am, and carries a 15 litre bucket on her head each time.

She walks approxitamily 1 to 2 kilometres to and from the river.

[Video instructions: Pause for a moment and discuss how your life would be different if you had to walk to a river to collect water for your family every day.]

During the dry season, beginning in October when the river dries up, Enestina’s entire community of over 1,000 families relies on one small patch of the river to get water. The queues and waiting time for water during the dry season is incredibly long. People often have to dig at the river bed to find water.

Women and children often bathe in the river, near where Enestina fetches the drinking water.

Animals also drink from the river.  This means that the drinking water is dirty and unsafe.

Enestina said that she doesn’t like fetching water as it takes a long time and the bucket is very heavy.

She said she would prefer to use the time to study and to play with friends.

[Video instruction: Discuss ways in which you can help reduce the amount of water you use every day.]

Through our local partners, Trócaire supports communities like Enestinas. Local groups are coming together to build boreholes, irrigation systems, growing trees and improving crops. Trócaire also supports local groups who call on the government of Malawi to ensure everybody has access to safe drinking water.

When asked if she wanted to send a message to people in Ireland, Enestina said “I would like them to know that here in Malawi water is so scarce and so precious. If in Ireland children are wasting water, they need to know that we are suffering here. I am suffering. We need water.”


Produced by Jen Murphy and Alan Whelan
Filmed and Edited by Alan Whelan
Music Digya by Kevin MacLeod (creative commons licence)
Script by Aoife McTernan
Voiceover by Lydia McCarthy
Voiceover Sound by Donal Norton/Kairos
With a huge thanks to the Trócaire Malawi office and the people of Dedza