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Engage the group to work for equitable distribution of clean water across the interconnected web of life by helping an organization that implements community water and sanitation projects in developing nations.
Tell the group about WaterAid. Explain some of the projects the organization does, and how the projects benefit communities. For example:
Suggest the group act on what they have learned about the connection between sanitation (toilets) and clean water. Provide a brief explanation about World Toilet Day. Explain that raising money through a Toilet Tax in the congregation is a way to make the congregational community aware of the clean water and sanitation we may take for granted while supporting WaterAid to bring clean water to places in the world where people need it.
Distribute poster board, markers, scissors, tape and glue sticks and Leader Resource 2. You may wish to form small groups to work on each poster. Invite participants to cut and paste the text from the leader resource on their poster or to write the words decoratively. If you have printed out images or text from the WaterAid website, make these available; if you have a laptop and printer in the meeting space, invite participants to find additional materials to use. You might engage some participants to make Toilet Tax labels for the money collection jars. When posters are done, display one at the entrance to each bathroom in the congregational building along with a Toilet Tax collection jar, perhaps placed on a small table.
Announce to the congregation before the service begins that there will be the collection boxes next to the bathrooms. In your announcement, mention the need for clean sanitation around the world and the connection between clean water and clean sanitation.
Collect the money and send a donation to WaterAid or another organization that works for equal distribution of sanitation and clean water.
Find appropriate tasks for all participants in a multi-age group. Young children can be part of an announcement to the congregation. People who prefer to work alone can label collection jars. Active people may like to find tables for the collection jars or walk through the building counting the bathrooms and, later, hanging the Toilet Tax posters.
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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.
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