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The EWN is a network of churches and Christian organizations promoting people's access to water around the world

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Stories & Good Practices

Around the world, churches, church-related organizations and their partners are involved in the day-to-day efforts to provide freshwater and sanitation to communities. They also advocate for national and international policies to provide for optimal conditions to make access to water for all a reality. The EWN facilitates an exchange between its members and partners on their struggles and experiences. We would like to share with you the following stories. Stories of hope, as they show how people work and struggle together to preserve and protect water as a common good, a public trust and treasure, not a commodity like any other.

Making a garden of Eden wherever you live - The Utooni Self-Help Group in Kenya

During a Workshop by the Lutheran World Federation in which one of the leaders of Utooni Self-Help Community Group was participating, the Moderator invited the participants to volunteer a song. Esther, the leader from Utooni, rose and taught a song. The words are very moving: Rather than dream of going to Heaven', Wake up and make a Garden of Eden, Make wherever you are a Heaven God will bless you as you do!

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Healing nature in India with community spirit and efforts

In the heart of Andhra Pradesh, a state of India with wide dry areas, lies the region of «Rayalaseema», the Land of Stones. Visitors often can not believe what their eyes see, when they come near to the working area of KRUSHI, an NGO working with indigenous and Dalit people in the state since many years - they see fresh green hills from top to the down lying areas in midst of deforested, dry and stony mountains. In this area, the rain comes down during few months, often coming not at all, which regularly causes starving periods and generates temporary migration of the local people. Also, the ecological degradation is dramatic and every monsoon season brings more soil erosion. In this challenging situation, KRUSHI together with other local NGO and with the support of the German protestant development organisation Bread for the World, generated a community based model for the ecological recuperation of small local watershed areas. It is a model, which is based on local people's knowledge and commitment, giving special attention to the active involvement of women.

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Uruguayan people change constitution for the human right to water

October 31 of 2004 became a historical day for Uruguay and the global water movement, when more than sixty percent of the Uruguayan people supported the Constitutional Reform in Defence of Water, adding water as a human right to the constitution and setting the basis for its exclusively public, participative and sustainable management

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