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SDG Goal 6: Clean Water with Water Works

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Sustainable Development Goals Team CSR Workshop Corporate Team Building with purpose

Within this highly engaging activity, your team gets an opportunity to build a filtration system that tackles the single biggest problem in the world today – access to clean drinking water.

1 billion people in the world today don’t have access to clean drinking water and as a result almost 2 million people every year die of completely avoidable waterborne diseases.

This program enables your team to get involved in building and donating a real water filtration system that will increase the health and well-being of an entire community.

The journey of each system donated as a part of the Water Works Program is tracked in detail via the 3 Billion Stories tracking system. There is absolute transparency about where your filtration systems are ultimately donated.

This activity deeply connects participants with meaning and purpose at a personal level and is an opportunity for participants to experience a team-building workshop which aligns to the UN one of the 17 Universal Sustainable Development Goals.
You won’t believe what can be done in just two hours when you engage your hands, heads, and hearts.

Participants also have an opportunity to self-reflect and collectively identify how they can further impact the Sustainable Development Goals practically and personally in their daily lives.

Support: Sustainable Development Goal 6 - Clear Water and Sanitation

Who is this workshop for?
- Any team or organisation wanting to provide their team members with an opportunity to connect with purpose and what it means to be an active and effective global citizen.
- Perfect to align with corporate responsibility celebrations or to build your team or organisations focus on corporate responsibility, sustainable practices and business ethics.
_ Making a statement of who we are as an organisation and not just what we do.

How many people can be involved in this activity
- There is no limit to attendees.
- Our facilitators are highly accomplished and engaging speakers and can work confidently with small teams > 1000's.

What happens in the program?

- The activity is highly flexible.
- Participants arrive and are not aware of what they are about to do.
- Each person has the opportunity to work in a team to assemble a completely functional water filtration unit. ( 9 parts go together in a particular way to assemble the final product however success is dependent on all participants taking a collaborative approach.)
- Teams typically default to competing against each other and behaviours that occur can also be explored.

Once each team has built a filtration unit they then decorate a canvas which will have a dual purpose:
The artwork will identify the specific filtration unit their group has sponsored.

How does your filtration systems find their way to people in need?

We partner with Water Works who coordinate the delivery through life partners who deliver the filtration system for free and also train each recipient family how to use their filtration system. They also identify how to identify and fix any of the most common problems that might occur with their system.

There is two types of water filtration systems as part of this program.
1) Emergency systems are portable and compact and have been designed specifically to enable emergency crews to respond quickly to natural disasters and prevent avoidable outbreaks of disease during such circumstances.
2) Static systems are much larger and these are designed for household, school or health centre use. These are far less portable but are ideal for long-term use.

Both the emergency and static systems can last for 2 years however emergency systems are a little less robust and can be damaged if they are not well cared for.

One village is helped at a time. This is important to ensure that the community can move forward together in the right spirit.

Proposed Debrief Focus / Learning Objectives:

Although we can use this program to debrief a wide range of topics, the following themes are the areas we propose focusing on:

The Power of Purpose and Meaning – We will explore the primary source of motivation for participants within this program being the clear underlying sense purpose of the activity. Employees will leave the session with a clear appreciation of the importance of not just clarifying WHAT is expected of them but also WHY those accountabilities are so important. We will also explore how having an authentic sense of purpose can help us overcome almost any challenges that are thrown our way.

Collaboration – It’s human nature when we’re engaged to tunnel vision a little on the task directly in front of us. We want to feel proud and solve the problem our self. There will be evidence of this occurring during our activity and we hope to use this insight to emphasise that the whole can almost always be greater than the sum of the parts.

Customer Focus / Quality Orientation – When we truly commit to our customers and put ourselves in their shoes it fundamentally changes our perspective at work. This activity is a great opportunity to not only build a really important device but reflect on the fact that it will be sent direct to someone for life-saving purposes. Our focus on detail and connection to the recipients not only builds empathy it also supports the intrinsic motivation to ensure participants refrain from cutting corners as they have the customer front of mind.




More information about Global Goals


What does Global Goal Six entail
6.1 By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all

6.2 By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations

6.3 By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally

6.4 By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

6.5 By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate

6.6 By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

6.A By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programs, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

6.B Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management




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