FOCUS WORD FOR 2015 - WATER

Access to water can be a source of conflict, but it is also a catalyst for cooperation and peace building. Cooperation on such a practical and vital issue as water management and drinking water supply and sanitation services can help overcome cultural, political and social tensions, and can also build trust and social peace between different groups, genders, communities, regions or states. Many Peace Corps Volunteers projects involve access to water.

Ethiopia
Oromo: bishaan (bee-shaan)
Amhara: wuha (woo-ha)
Somali: biyo (bee-yo)
Tigray: mai (my)
Indigenous design from CameroonCameroon
French (official): eau (eau)
Fang: mendim (men-dim)
Ewondo: (men-dim)
Pidgin: wata (wah-ta)
Indigenous design from Sri LankaSri Lanka
Tamil: தண்ணீர் - Taṇṇīr (ta-neer)
Sinhala: vatura (vah-to-rah)
Indigenous design from MalawiMalawi
Chichewa (official) and Chinyanja: madzi (mod-zee)
Chitumbuka: maji (maa-gee)
Chitonga: meenda (may-en-da)
Indigenous design from TurkeyTurkey
Turkish (official): su (suh)
Indigenous design from South AfricaSouth Africa
Afrikaans: water (vay-ter)
Sepedi: metsi (meh-tsi)
Setswana: metsi (meh-tsi)
Sesotho: metsi (meh-tsi)
Indigenous design from MozambiqueMozambique
Portuguese: água (ahh-gwahh)
Indigenous design from VanuatuVanuatu
Bislama: wota (wo-ta)
Indigenous design from RwandaRwanda
Kinyarwanda: amazi (ah-mah-zee)
Kiswahili: magi (maa-gee)
Indigenous design from GuatemalaGuatemala
Spanish: agua (ahh-gwahh)
Indigenous design from MongoliaMongolia
Khalka Mongol: us (oos)
Indigenous design from IndiaIndia
Hindi: पानी Pāṇī (paa-nee)
Bengali: জল Jala (jaah-la)
Marathi: पानी Pāṇī (paa-nee)
Gujarati: પાણી Pāṇī (paa-nee)
Tamil: தண்ணீர் - Taṇṇīr (ta-neer)
Urdu: پانی Pāṇī ( pa-nee)
Indigenous design from NepalNepal
Nepali: पानी Pāṇī (paa-nee)