Access to water is a Human Right
However 3.6 million people die each year because of water related diseases.
There is no lack of documentaries on the African continent’s struggle for water.
But Africa is not the only one to suffer.
In India the problem is of another nature: the water is not scarce but the quality is lacking.
Only 20% of the country’s wastewater is treated before being discharged back into the rivers. Heavy metals, feces as well as domestic waste pollute the water and contribute to the extensive spread of diseases such as cholera, typhoid or hepatitis A.
Over 500 000 children die each year because of these dangerous diseases: deaths that could be avoided in a country that is the 11th economic power in the world.
AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH
Water management seems not to have evolved at the same pace than the country’s impressive economic growth.
Solutions exist, so why isn’t India able to keep its head above water?
Through an interactive and educational website as well as through interventions in schools, we want to put the data collected into perspective. We want to reflect the situation in India as clearly as possible.
These sacred and nurturing rivers turned into open sewers on which people depend for their daily life – this is what we want a young audience aged from 15 to 18 years old to understand.
In New Delhi we will meet key players in this issue: scientists, politicians, activists and NGO representatives. We will meet those people who deploy their resourcefulness against all odds. We shall also examine some innovative solutions that have been proposed in the field of water sanitation.
Thanks to you, we will be able to highlight this alarming problem of water pollution. A primary need in an India that is rich in contradictions, a country where chaos and greatness intertwine.
Julie Jeunejean, Pauline Trouveroy, Sophie Laden
It is sometimes said that strong personalities cannot work together; we are living proof that this is not the case. All three of us are passionate about different things, from Brazilian bossa nova to Sci-Fi series or Romanian culture, but we found a common ground on this strong, human subject.
Pauline has lived part of her childhood in India, Julie is particularly interested in environmental issues and Sophie is keen to meet people who thrive despite any difficulty.
What we like most of all is to inform young people on a subject that seems so remote from their own lives.
We believe in the tools of the Web, we believe in clear explanations of complex issues, we believe in a new generation of alert and aware citizens.
"Ready to dive into scientific analysis of sanitation plants, in political discourses, in the struggle of the slums, to understand why water kills.”
Julie, Sophie & Pauline