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What Do You See

What Do You See

When You Look at a Glass of Water?

The answer is simple for most, but for some in Rene Silva dos Dantos’s country – they see a miracle.

The United Nations predicts that 3.5 million people around the globe will die from problems related to inadequate water supply, lack of sewage and hygiene this year. Twenty per cent of Brazilians will be affected by such problems.

Rene Silva dos Santos began working for change from a young age. At age eleven, Rene created a community newspaper and radio programme – Voz das Comunidades - to highlight the social problems that the mainstream media did not cover, particularly access to safe drinking water. That’s why Unilever Project Sunlight is helping to spread Rene’s vital message.

“Today, our biggest cities face severe water problems due to lack of rain and poor water use by the population. Elsewhere, an unequal distribution of treated water is an issue.”

Rene has 60 young volunteers working with him in driving awareness and education, which he believes to be the purpose of his mission that will inspire people to act.

“We’re trying to inform everyone that water is an essential part of life. We must believe that water access is a problem and is our problem. We must believe we have the solution. It is up to us to make this better future for our communities. We’re in this together."

This year, Unilever Project Sunlight will be working with Domestos and UNICEF to promote better sanitation and toilet access in 98 cities across Brazil.

Rene sees the possibility of a bright future. “When I look at a glass of water, I see millions of drops of hope flowing into a river of humanity. There is a scarcity and unequal distribution of water, we can change that.”

Watch Rene’s speech and then tell us, what do you see when you look at that same glass of water?

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