How Bechibila is turning dirty water into drinking water with a powder packet.

Growing up, Bechibila was worried about how she could help others.

She knew she wanted to make a difference; she just didn't know how. And that's OK. It takes time to figure out your calling.

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But in time, she realized what she was meant to do: help tackle the urgent clean water problem plaguing her community.

Their only sources of drinking water are nearby rivers, which are always dirty. When they drink it, they get sick. But, it's also their only option, so the problem seemed insurmountable.

Still, Bechibila was ready to tackle it head on.

"No matter what situation you find yourself in," she says. "You can always turn things around."

See how she's doing just that in the video below:

Thanks to this little packet and her commitment to the community, she's showing her neighbors how to turn dirty river water into the clean drinking water they need.

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Yes, turning dirty water into drinking water with powder is real.

And it's the main reason why Bechibila travels from community to community, helping educate as many people as she can about the life-changing benefits of this innovation.

Just imagine how many lives can be saved by making one of the developing world's scarcest resources much more accessible.

You just pour the powder into your water.

Give it a little mix.

And then watch as all the dirt settles to the bottom.

From there, all anyone has to do is filter the purified water through cloth, wait 20 minutes, and voilà — fresh, drinkable water.

Sadly, many communities without clean water still exist all around the world.

In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 319 million people still don't have access to a reliable water source. And drinking dirty water can lead to serious diseases, such as cholera, Guinea worm disease, and typhoid fever. On top of that, 42% of health care facilities in Africa don't have access to clean water. It's a vicious cycle that needs to be put to an end.

Luckily, more and more people like Bechibila are fighting to change that.

P&G works with organizations and clean water advocates around the world, and together they've provided 11 billion liters of clean water to families who need it. Billions more are still needed to help everyone affected by clean water shortages, but with innovations like P&G's Purifier of Water packets leading the way, we could see significant change sooner rather than later.

And no matter the obstacle, nothing will stop crusaders like Bechibila from moving forward and making a lasting impact.

The journey toward progress is never easy. There will always be challenges in our way. And there's no denying that the task is daunting. Still, little by little, step by step, we'll get to where we need to go.

When faced with adversity, Bechibila simply reminds herself, "I can still go around and help others by educating them about clean water."

"I will travel as far as my bicycle will take me."

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Disney has come under fire for problematic portrayals of non-white and non-western cultures in many of its older movies. They aren't the only one, of course, but since their movies are an iconic part of most American kids' childhoods, Disney's messaging holds a lot of power.

Fortunately, that power can be used for good, and Disney can serve as an example to other companies if they learn from their mistakes, account for their misdeeds, and do the right thing going forward. Without getting too many hopes up, it appears that the entertainment giant may have actually done just that with the new Frozen II film.

According to NOW Toronto, the producers of Frozen II have entered into a contract with the Sámi people—the Indigenous people of the Scandinavian regions—to ensure that they portray the culture with respect.

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Though there was not a direct portrayal of the Sámi in the first Frozen movie, the choral chant that opens the film was inspired by an ancient Sámi vocal tradition. In addition, the clothing worn by Kristoff closely resembled what a Sámi reindeer herder would wear. The inclusion of these elements of Sámi culture with no context or acknowledgement sparked conversations about cultural appropriation and erasure on social media.

Frozen II features Indigenous culture much more directly, and even addressed the issue of Indigenous erasure. Filmmakers Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, along with producer Peter Del Vecho, consulted with experts on how to do that respectfully—the experts, of course, being the Sámi people themselves.

Sámi leaders met with Disney producer Peter Del Vecho in September 2019.Sámediggi Sametinget/Flickr

The Sámi parliaments of Norway, Sweden and Finland, and the non-governmental Saami Council reached out to the filmmakers when they found out their culture would be highlighted in the film. They formed a Sámi expert advisory group, called Verddet, to assist filmmakers in with how to accurately and respectfully portray Sámi culture, history, and society.

In a contract signed by Walt Disney Animation Studios and Sámi leaders, the Sámi stated their position that "their collective and individual culture, including aesthetic elements, music, language, stories, histories, and other traditional cultural expressions are property that belong to the Sámi," and "that to adequately respect the rights that the Sámi have to and in their culture, it is necessary to ensure sensitivity, allow for free, prior, and informed consent, and ensure that adequate benefit sharing is employed."

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Disney agreed to work with the advisory group, to produce a version of Frozen II in one Sámi language, as well as to "pursue cross-learning opportunities" and "arrange for contributions back to the Sámi society."

Anne Lájla Utsi, managing director at the International Sámi Film Institute, was part of the Verddet advisory group. She told NOW, "This is a good example of how a big, international company like Disney acknowledges the fact that we own our own culture and stories. It hasn't happened before."

"Disney's team really wanted to make it right," said Utsi. "They didn't want to make any mistakes or hurt anybody. We felt that they took it seriously. And the film shows that. We in Verddet are truly proud of this collaboration."

Sounds like you've done well this time, Disney. Let's hope such cultural sensitivity and collaboration continues, and that other filmmakers and production companies will follow suit.

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