In this activity, we formed ‘family’ groups and imagined that we were farmers in Zimbabwe, Southern Africa, in a village where their water pump had broken down. We had to work together to ‘collect’ water from a ‘river’ three kilometres away. Each group needed enough to meet their family’s needs, for things such as drinking water, washing and to water crops for food. During the game, the leader gave ‘chance cards’ to particular groups, who then had to deal with changes to their situation which affected their ability to collect enough water in order to compete what we consider the most basic of tasks at home.
After the activity, we empathised with the many millions of people around the world who do not have regular access to clean and safe water. We discussed the lengths people go to in some parts of the world for access to water and how difficult their lives are as a result.