Building a new water facility

A lot goes into the construction of new water taps and facilities!
Take a behind-the-scenes look of what it took to build the irrigation system for new taps in Tsarafangitra, Madagascar 💙!

Locals of Tsarafangitra work with WaterAid's local partner, FIKRIFAMA, to dig trenches and lay the pipes - all leading to the final result of new water taps. It truly takes a village to build something to life-changing!

A Big Day in Tsarafangitra!

This past February, we introduced you to four mothers from Tsarafangitra, Madagascar: Raoly, Miora, Vero and Veronique. We followed their daily journey for water, which consisted of a 3 km walk to and from a dirty, contaminated pond. This was the only water source accessible to the village. Raoly, Miora, Vero, Veronique and thousands of mothers like them spent hours a day collecting water, taking away time from their children, paid labour and other crucial tasks.

Now, everything has changed. Because of your support this Earth Month 2017, Tsarafangitra has access to clean, drinkable water. No more walking for water, no more preventable sickness, all because of you!

Learn more about Collega + Aveda Earth Month's work in Madagascar.

WATCH! Clean water arrives in Tsarafangitra!

Access to clean water gives her more time for what matters.

Meet the Study Tour 2017 Team!

This October, members of the Collega + Aveda network will embark on a journey of a lifetime as part of the annual Study Tour of Madagascar. They’ll see exactly who Earth Month supports and how this campaign is changing thousands of lives by providing access to clean, drinkable water. They'll witness WaterAid in action making a difference in local communities, meet the people featured in our Earth Month campaigns, and explore this beautiful island!

This October, members of the Collega + Aveda network will embark on a journey of a lifetime as part of the annual Study Tour of Madagascar. They’ll see exactly who Earth Month supports and how this campaign is changing thousands of lives by providing access to clean, drinkable water. They'll witness WaterAid in action making a difference in local communities, meet the people featured in our Earth Month campaigns, and explore this beautiful island!

Aubrey Boerh, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,505!

Aubrey Boerh, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,505!

Betty raised $8,100+ from selling her home-cooked meals!! What was her fundraising inspiration?

“The more I know about the world water crisis and this cause, the more I want to do something, which is what inspired me throughout my fundraising journey. Reading other people's stories on social media and blogs of how impacting this cause is has motivated me during my fundraising!”

Melanie Whitemore, Civello Salon raised $8,795

Melanie Whitemore, Civello Salon raised $8,795

Darlene has traveled to Ethiopia, Kenya and Madagascar with WaterAid to see the programs that have been implemented with the support from #earthmonthCA. Darlene has spent the past 11 years managing the annual Earth Month campaign, which has raised over $4.5 million for WaterAid. Since 2011, Darlene has hosted a Toronto-based event, H20TORONTO, which has raised $170,000 for clean water projects throughout eastern Africa in support of WaterAid. This Study Tour will be her third visit to Madagascar!

Heather Tytula, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,503!

Heather Tytula, BRIO Salonspa raised $7,503!

Vanessa is part of the Marketing team at Collega International.

“Vanessa wants to live in a world where books come wrapped in chocolate, pollution turns into power, and no one ever cared how silly they looked when dancing. Toronto is my birthplace but Europe feels like home. Endlessly inspired by all forms of art, fueled by warm interactions with strangers, and driven by ambition to make a difference. Kind people are my kind of people!”

Gabo Hernandez, Civello raised $7,505!

Gabo Hernandez, Civello raised $7,505!

“I have been inspired by Earth Month this year because I took the time to grasp and sit with the idea of not having clean water. It is unsettling and makes me uncomfortable knowing that the world, that every human being on this planet, doesn't have the same privilege that I do. This state of discomfort inspires action for me because the fact that many live without safe water is not okay. It is my passion to work with others, to engage, and to care for the people in this world. I believe we are all so important.”

Betty Paguandas, Collega raised $8,100

Betty Paguandas, Collega raised $8,100

“I'm a mother, a wife, a makeup artist and a water warrior! I've been fundraising for WaterAid for the past 11 years but 7 years ago I began working on small fundraisers for the cause. I can't wait to visit Madagascar and meet the people who are the reason we do all this. I know that meeting the mothers and children, seeing what their lives are like will make me a more compassionate and enlightened human and mother. I truly believe access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and I can't wait to see the Earth Month funds in action!”

Darlene Paguandas, Collega International

Darlene Paguandas, Collega International

Heather is the proud owner of BRIO Salonapa in Lethbridge, AB. She is all about giving back to an industry that has treated her so well. WaterAid is also something she believes very strongly in, and loves to rally her team to catch her passion for giving. She also has a keen business sense, and when not empowering her team through knowledge, she is busy seeking knowledge herself. Heather is known internationally as a great Salon Owner, Business coach and Mentor.

Vanessa Fratia, Collega raised $7,700!

Vanessa Fratia, Collega raised $7,700!

Gabo raised $7,505 for clean water projects! What was his inspiration?...

"For me, Earth Month is an opportunity to give back, contribute and be part of a change, it's a away to create awareness but most importantly to show what we can do when we all come together!"

Rami Accomeh & Nick Kachibaia, photographers and videographers will be documenting the Study Tour of Madagascar. 

Global Handwashing Day

#GlobalHandwashingDay is this Sunday, October 15th. Spread the word on how handwashing can save lives. "Handwashing is an affordable, effective way to achieve these goals. For example, handwashing with soap could prevent many of the 272 million yearly schooldays lost to diarrheal disease, and 50% of the infections acquired in healthcare settings."

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#WaterGives

Access to clean water and sanitation changes lives drastically and in several different ways.
Tell us what #WaterGives you!

#WaterGives 13 year old Tahiana the ability to go to school. With access to clean water, he'll focus on his education which can break the cycle of poverty and provide the hope for a brighter future. 

#WaterGives 13 year old Tahiana the ability to go to school. With access to clean water, he'll focus on his education which can break the cycle of poverty and provide the hope for a brighter future. 

#WaterGives the opportunity to earn an income. Now that Shelly has access to clean water, she grows and sells tomatoes to provide for her family.

#WaterGives safety and protection. With a nearby water source, girls like 10 year old Lina no longer have to walk in dangerous conditions to collect water that expose them to the risk of injury and assault.

#WaterGives safety and protection. With a nearby water source, girls like 10 year old Lina no longer have to walk in dangerous conditions to collect water that expose them to the risk of injury and assault.

#WaterGives kids the opportunity to be kids. When boys and girls have access to clean water, they can spend more time with family and playing with friends - something every kid deserves.

#WaterGives kids the opportunity to be kids. When boys and girls have access to clean water, they can spend more time with family and playing with friends - something every kid deserves.

#WaterGives hope for a better livelihood. "The well-being and health of my boy and all the children in my village is my first motivation for being a local technician", Clement, 26 years old and parent of 3 year old Herve.

#WaterGives more time for what matters. With access to clean water, mothers like Veronique can focus on family, opportunity and health.

#WaterGives more time for what matters. With access to clean water, mothers like Veronique can focus on family, opportunity and health.

#WaterGives the chance to grow and develop. The lack of access to clean water can lead to undernourishment, which can consequently cause stunting, an often irreversible matter that prevents children from growing or developing properly. Children need clean water to grow.

#WaterGives the chance to grow and develop. The lack of access to clean water can lead to undernourishment, which can consequently cause stunting, an often irreversible matter that prevents children from growing or developing properly. Children need clean water to grow.

Clean water: putting kids back in school

We all know that access to clean water is crucial for our well being. We need it to cook, drink and bathe.
But did you know access to clean water is also crucial for a child's education?

"In many countries children, particularly girls, are responsible for collecting water... Many children are frequently absent from school because they are collecting water or they are sick with water-related diseases."
(WaterAid Canada, 2017)

Education has the power to break the cycle of poverty. When you give a child access to clean, drinkable water, you give them hope for a better, healthier life!

Clean water puts kids back in school.

6 year old Cynthia Ramaholinirina sits in class in her village of Belavabary, Madagascar.

6 year old Cynthia Ramaholinirina sits in class in her village of Belavabary, Madagascar.

“Before, my uniform was often dirty as I used to be a bit dirty. Since we have had running water in our village, my uniform is always clean as I wash it every week, and I am also clean.” 12 year old Voary.

“Before, my uniform was often dirty as I used to be a bit dirty. Since we have had running water in our village, my uniform is always clean as I wash it every week, and I am also clean.” 12 year old Voary.

Young students know the importance of washing stations and latrines in school.

Young students know the importance of washing stations and latrines in school.

Mama Feature: Raoly, Now.

When we first introduced Raoly this year, shehad to walk 3 km to collect water from a dirty pond in her village of Tsarafangitra. Her journey included walking up and down a steep hill with her water bucket, all while seven months pregnant.

With your support this Earth Month, new water pipes are in construction in her village. The locals of Tsarafangitra, including Raoly, collectively work to dig trenches for the pipe installations. She and baby Natasha are well on their way to having access to clean water that everyone deserves.

All thanks to you!

Earth Month 2017 Leaders!

Each year, a hand full of participating Earth Month teams go above and beyond to achieve and surpass their Earth Month goals. This year, 25 locations made it to the Earth Month Leaders board.

MISAOTRA for all you've done to support Earth Month and WaterAid Canada!

Earth Month Leaders 2017

Aveda Academy - Edmonton
Civello Oakville
Brio Salon
Civello Queen
Diva Country Hills Boulevard
Civello Rosedale
Diva Market Mall
Mane Street Hair Styling
Elements - Fairbanks
Parkside Spa
Changes Hair Studio
Salon Venere- Oakville: Dorval
Eliane's Hair & Spa

Storm Hair Group - St Catharines
Europa Salon & Spa
Aveda Experience Centre - Laval
Spruce Salon And Spa
Aveda Lifestyle Montreal Salon Spa
Aveda Experience Centre - Ottawa
Dahlia Salon & Spa
Aveda Experience Centre - Square One
Perimeters - Maple Ridge
Elements Esthetic Studio
Trinity Salon & Spa
Zahra

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Earth Month 2017 Top Fundraisers!

MISAOTRA!
Together, the top Earth Month 2017 fundraisers collectively raised more than $140,000!
Thank you and congratulations on such successful Earth Month fundraising campaigns!
You are true Water Warriors in the fight for clean water!

Lindsy Tkach
Barry Kruisselbrink
Jeffrey Robins
Melanie Whitmore
Maurice Venere
Elizabeth Paguandas
Vanessa Fratia
Aubrey Boehr
Gabo Hernandez
Heather Tytula

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