"I thought it was normal to be sick... Now I can capture moments of happiness of when they get safe water for the first time", Ernest Randriarimalala - WaterAid Canada's Voices from the Field.
When you support #EarthMonthCA, you support moments of happiness.
When you support #EarthMonthCA, you support community development, healthy growing and opportunity.
Today, Ernest Randriarimalala tells us the story of a mother and daughter, before and after access to safe water.
WaterAid Canada works with local organizations that encourage community members to participate throughout all phases of a water project’s implementation – from planning and construction to management and maintenance. We believe in giving a hand up, not a hand out.
"There's no shortcut in transforming people's lives. We have to lay one brick at a time.
Hear how Ernest, WaterAid Canada's Voices from the Field Officer in Madagascar, speaks about how clean water helps those in need.
With access to clean water and proper sanitation, people are given the opportunity for a better life.
Aveda's Director of Mission Engagement and Community Care, Melissa Chelminiak, shares one of her most memorable experiences during the Study Tour of Madagascar 2015.
What would you do without access to clean water in a health centre?
Aveda Canada's Creative Director, Kristjan Hayden, tells us why Earth Month is important to him as a stylist and how his recent experience in Madagascar has made an impact on his life.
Today is #WorldWaterDay - a day to be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference for all water related issues around the world.
Did you know 650 million people lack access to clean water? 315 thousand children die every year from diarrhea caused by unsafe water.
This #WorldWaterDay, you can make a difference in someone's life who lacks access to this basic human need.
Everyday, millions of girls in Madagascar must walk an average 6 km to fetch water. Often, their only water source is a dirty puddle or stream.
Lets take girls out of the water cycle.
This is what a day in the life of a child looks like in Ambonidobo, Madagascar. Instead of spending time in school, these girls spend hours a day collecting dirty water as their only water source.
This year, Earth Month-funded water projects will provide men, women and children with clean accessible water - many for the first time.
Your support can make a world of difference.
For thousands of girls in Madagascar, walking 6 kilometres a day to collect water is a norm. They miss school, the opportunity to develop in a healthy manner, and grow up very quickly.
Like them, Noeline, Feno, Zakaina, and Lalasu endure this strenuous journey to the dirty water point to fetch water for their families every day.
With your support, we can offer them safe, accessible water and provide them with the chance to live and grow the way a young girl should.
Let's take girls out of the water cycle.
Last November, six members of the Aveda network traveled to Africa for the Study Tour of Madagascar. They met this young boy, Leoni, who will directly benefit from this year's #EarthMonthCA campaign, in support of WaterAid Canada.
Here's Leoni holding photos of 2015 Study Tour participants, Darlene Paguandas, Jennifer Hageahmad and Tracey Maradyn.
You can help Leoni and thousands of others like him in his community by participating in this year's Earth Month!
Madagascar is located 400 km off the southeast coast of Africa. Plants and
animals exist here that are found nowhere else on earth. In fact, Aveda sources
many flower essences from Madagascar. But for all of its beauty, Madagascar is
one of the ten poorest countries in the world, where nearly half of the population
lacks access to safe drinking water.
A project fueled entirely by your Earth Month fundraising, passion and commitment to the earth. Aveda Canada has committed to something truly amazing. Over the next three years you’re going to achieve 100% water access in two of Madagascar’s poorest municipalities, together the size of Calgary. This means that every school, every health clinic, every village – everyone, everywhere – will have access to clean, safe drinking water.
Just imagine, you’re going to make history for 20,000 children, women and men who will gain access to this precious resource, many for the first time in their lives. No more illness and death because of dirty water, no more hours wasted carrying water from distant sources – just better, brighter futures because of you!
Aveda Earth Month 2015 raised over $452,000 for WaterAid Canada. These funds will support WaterAid projects to achieve our goal of providing access to clean water, basic sanitation and hygiene education to everyone, everywhere.
With your support, Aveda Earth Month 2015 will change the lives of 18,080 people.