The Ecumenical Water Network – a network of churches and Christian organisations promoting people's access to water around the world – provides a series of Biblico-theological reflections for Lent every year, called Seven Weeks for Water. This year, its focus is on the water crisis in Middle East, with specific reference to Palestine and issues of justice and peace.
The Southern African Faith Communities' Environment Institute (SAFCEI) is also focusing on water as part of its Lent preparations. SAFCEI says: 'As Easter is a time of resurrection and new life, World Water Day this year takes on special significance, as water is a primary source of life, and new life.
'As much as water is connected with life, its loss or lack is felt very sorely. Too many places in southern Africa are experiencing drought at the moment; Zimbabwe declared a ‘state of disaster’ in February because of drought, Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa faces the same problem. Thus it is apt to make this source of life central in our thoughts, prayers and actions around the time of Easter and beyond.'
CAFOD is running a Turn on the Taps fundraising campaign as its Lent Appeal to help provide clean water to people living in poverty. It has also developed a fantastic series of resources for secondary schools for Lent called, Make a Splash.