Here is one of my favorite-written by author Tom Davis (Red Letters, Fields of the Fatherless, Scared and Priceless books) and the guy that helps head up Children's Hope Chest-one of my favorite organizations: http://www.hopechest.org/ He gives great insight into how to teach your kids the plight of other children not having clean water-
It’s hard to imagine life without clean water because in the U.S. we have so much of it. In fact, we’re so rich, we play in it.
There are people working on clean water throughout the world. Children’s HopeChest, Charity:Water, Healing Waters, and Water4Christmas are just a few of the organizations making a difference. Check them out, get involved. It’s cheaper and easier than you think to bring clean drinking water to children.
But beyond this, I want you to take time to talk with kids about water usage. What’s funny about the clip above is that it exposes a ridiculous dichotomy in our world. On the one hand you have billions of people who are killed by waterborne disease because of dirty water. On the other there’s us, frolicking through the water parks. If you are going swimming this summer, you have an opportunity to teach your kids about the value of clean water while they are at the pool
Try this. The next time you are at the pool and lunchtime rolls around, take out your cups and go to the pool and fill them with water. Hopefully this will surprise your children. And you might get a few “gross” or “eewwww” type comments out of them. Use this moment to tell them about the global water crisis. Teach them that the water in the cups–although dirty to them–is far cleaner than the water that children around the world drink.
Here’s another exercise you can do with them. Make them carry an entire bath load of water from the backyard hose to their tub. This is how 1 billion and more people fetch their water each day. The key here is to help your kids walk in the shoes of another child a world away.
Water parks may be a first world invention, but you can use them this summer to teach unforgettable lessons to your kids. And that’s a good thing because to fix the global water crisis, we’ll need the help of the next generation–and sooner is better."