SINCE 2011, H2OCANADA HAS RAISED OVER $221,000 FOR CLEAN WATER INITIATIVES IN ETHIOPIA, KENYA AND MADAGASCAR. THROUGH THE WORK WITH WATERAID CANADA, OVER 8,800 LIVES HAVE BEEN IMPACTED.
RAOLY - Water is: Equality
Raoly in 2016 collecting water at the Tsarafangitra water source,
Raoly lives in Tsarafangirtra, Madagascar with her husband and 2 young boys. At the time of this photo (left, 2016), she was 7 months pregnant and spending 3 hours daily collecting water from a local source approximately 1.5km away from her home.
The necessary journey was strenuous, and at times dangerous, but it was her only means to fulfill the needs of her growing family daily.
“Thank you so much because from now on, we no longer have to fetch water far away from home anymore.”
— Raoly, November 2017
ONE YEAR LATER.
In October 2017, as a result of H2017Toronto, 7 brand new taps were turned on in the village of Tsarafangitra.
The $25,000 project also included 1 sanitation facility at the local school.
A total of 508 people in this community now have access to safe water and have an opportunity to improve and grow into their futures.
H2018TORONTO X TSARAFANGITRA
In 2017, H2OToronto set a goal to raise $25,000 to fund a project in Tsarafangitra - a village of 508 people living in rural Madagascar. With the generous support of our guests, and 3 tap donors who purchased taps outright, construction of the gravity-fed system for the community began in late 2017.
Gravity systems pipe clean spring water down a mountain into large storage tanks that then feed life-changing water to the village, health centre and school.
The entire community is actively involved in digging the trenches - and installing 14km of pipeline to get safe water to their homes. Once installed, a committee of committed leaders take on the role of maintaining this precious resource and ensuring it's sustainability.
These 7 taps and 1 sanitation block sponsored by H2018Toronto will directly impact the future of the village of Tsarafangitra. With access to safe water, girls will be given back their time to attend school regularly. Women will be given back their time for their own pursuits. Families will
Photo: WaterAid / Ernest Randriarmalala
#herH2ostory - NATASHA
In December 2016, Raoly gave birth to a baby girl, Natasha.
Being born female in a developing country has a different meaning. For many, it means following your dreams until you are 12, and then supporting the dreams of your brothers; 24 per cent of girls in Africa do not finish primary school (compared to 20 per cent of boys). Being a girl means being the primary caregiver to your siblings, your parents and eventually your own children, and putting necessity before aspiration
Natasha's life will be different. She, and every girl born into this community going forward, will be the first generation to never know the burden or dangers of sourcing, carrying and drinking unsafe water. Natasha will start her life as an equal to her brothers. She will be able to attend school regularly, increasing her chances of finishing school by 15 per cent. She will have time to pursue her own dreams.
Access to clean water is a first step in changing the future for women in Madagascar and around the world. Access to this basic resource is fundamental in the progress of equality for women and girls.
The world water crisis is one of the truly solvable global issues of our time, and we have the opportunity to change the future of every girl born into developing communities around the world. Natasha represents millions of girls around the world just like her, who when provided the opportunity, will be the change the world needs to ensure no human being is ever overlooked.
When we give girls time to make a difference, everything is possible.