#herH2Ostory - Allison Asis
It's #WaterWarriorWednesday! It has been the worst kind of wet in Toronto this week, so to distract and delight we are happy to bring you another #herH2Ostory, This week, we're celebrating our social savant, Allison Asis.
Q: Which outcome are you most passionate about impacting through this event?
A: There are so many reasons why H2OToronto has it made it a mission to provide girls, women, and their families, with access to clean and safe water, which is undoubtedly what urged me to get involved (it's my second year on the team!). But one that resonates with me the most is education.
I for one wake up every morning, grateful for the day that lies ahead: I'm able to go to work, learn, and dive into tasks that stimulate and challenge me. It's one of the most gratifying things to experience growth as a young female professional. And I have the education that was granted to me to thank for that. Women & girls in Madagascar are taken away from school to walk 6km daily to an unsafe source of water, preventing them from receiving a proper education that would create opportunities for their futures. One's geographical upbringing should not affect whether they receive an education or not. We all deserve the same right to the knowledge and tools we need to build a foundation to pursue our passions and callings. Thus, with our #H2017Toronto event, I look forward to the educational opportunities that will be given to these bright young girls in Madagascar.
Q: What motivated you to be part of H2OToronto?
A: I was motivated to join h2otoronto because of the potential to create change with an incredible group of driven females by my side. It's females giving other females in Madagascar access to basic human rights that we all are entitled to. We owe it to them.
Q: Describe yourself in 5 words
A: Passionate, driven, excited, attentive & hopeful
Q: Tell us a happy memory associated with water
A: I remember biking around NYC about two years ago. It was an incredibly hot summer day - but I was determined to take in the city by bike, and I absolutely loved it. I'd say it was about a 2 hour ride in total, with small breaks here and there. I hit one point where I could barely pedal any more from the heat and fatigue, and so I finally forced myself to stop. I got off my bike, dragged my feet to the nearest food vendor, and bought two bottles of water as he chanted 'one dollar water' to all walking by. I eagerly took my water, parked my bike, sat on a rock, and chugged both bottles in what felt like 2 seconds. I felt a desperate thirst and I can't imagine what the absence of that convenience could feel like. I felt then as I do still - the scales shouldn't be this tipped. Though mentally distracted, my physical body was instantly rejuvenated, and I looked up and felt awestruck by the beauty of New York. I felt privileged and thankful for the water that would keep me nourished for my ride back.
Q: What goes on in your life besides H2OToronto?
A: In addition to being around my incredible family & friends who bring me so much joy, I also have a small business & passion project of creating handmade jewellery. It's my creative outlet, and one that has taught me far more than I ever initially imagined - it's taught me discipline, attention to detail, and the perseverance necessary to seeing your skills and vision develop and grow. I've found myself applying these same learnings to everything that I do, including my personal and professional life.