I created this poster in response to my Haiti trip. The community we were in was incredibly fortunate. They had their own well (about 1000 people) so that they had drinking water within in a couple miles; however, the kids would pick up our water bottles and pretend to drink. It was adorable, as you can see.
The idea of a Haitian child pretending to drink from a water bottle creates a sense of cognitive dissonance. When we look at how many children die each year from bad water and realize that Haiti ranks last in the world for drinkable water. 60% of the population does not have safe drinking water and a child mortality rate of more than 13 times that of the United States (10% of that is attributed to water related skin ailments and dysentery which lead to dehydration).
World Water Day is March 22nd, 2012. Learn more about the world water crisis at the UN site or water.org.