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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A Salute to Mothers

Each day, millions of mothers in Madagascar must make the average 6 km trek to collect water. Time that could be spent with their children, working for pay, and getting an education is instead spent on fetching water from unsafe sources. 

Today and always, we celebrate mothers. Mothers who support, nurture and love unconditionally. Let's give her more time for what matters. 

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The 11th Annual Walk for Water!

Monday, May 1st marked the 11th annual Walk for Water and saw over 1200 participants walk in 13 cities nationwide!

Through your support of Collega + Aveda Earth Month and WaterAid Canada, thousands in Madagascar will gain access to clean water for life.
No more walking far distances to collect water from unsafe sources.
No more incidents of injury or assault while on the trek for water.

All of this because of your support! Thank you!

See more photos here!