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Latest WaterCan News 2011 and Archive

October 1 , 2011

WaterCan Launches Pilot Project: Clean Water for Health

This fall, WaterCan launches a pilot project for a new programming stream: Clean Water for Health. Many health facilities in eastern Africa are burdened with appalling water and sanitation conditions, contributing to sickness and disease among both patients and health workers. WaterCan, in collaboration with our local partners, developed this new initiative to help contribute to a reduction in water, sanitation and health (WASH) related health risks to patients, health workers and caregivers/visitors in assisted health facilities. The first project will be piloted in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia at Kechene Clinic. Learn More


September 1 , 2011

Fine Art Auction Supports Water for Africa - Toronto

On September 15, Toronto philanthropists Steve and Sharan Gordon turned fine art into water as they hosted their inaugural H2O Art Auction, to benefit WaterCan. Stephen Ranger of Fine Art Valuation and Consultancy presided over this exclusive auction, which was also attended by special guest Margaret Trudeau. Hosted by the Arta Gallery in the historic Distillery District of Toronto, the event auctioned off 22 one-of-a-kind water-inspired photographs donated by internationally acclaimed photographers. The event raised over $33,000 in support of WaterCan's international programming.


August 15 , 2011

Kilimanjaro Climb for Life - Public Invitation

Join WaterCan on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Africa! Visit watercan project sites in Tanzania and scale Africa's highest peak, all in support of our vision: Clean Water for All. Learn More


May 25 , 2011


Canadian Students Blow Fundraising Goal out of the Water

This year’s WaterCan School by School Fundraising Challenge, in support of Clean Water for Bondo District Schools has not only been met but greatly exceeded! This project will help to provide 6,000 school children at 13 primary schools throughout Bondo District, Kenya with access to life’s most basic needs: clean drinking water and basic sanitation. Thank you to all students and teachers across Canada who participated in meeting and exceeding the $22,500 goal Learn More


April 30 , 2011


Collega for Aveda Raises $375,000 in support of clean water projects

On April 27th, the Collega network of Aveda salons, spas, and stores held its fifth annual Canada-wide series of Walks for Water in 14 cities, in honor of Earth Month and in support of its charitable partner WaterCan. The dedicated Water Warriors raised over $375,000 for clean water rights to benefit WaterCan’s efforts throughout eastern Africa. Worldwide, nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean safe drinking water. Thank you to all Collega International staff andthe staff of Aveda salons, stores and spas across Canada! Learn More


March 30 , 2011

Inaugeral African Speaking Tour a Success

In celebration of World Water Week 2011, and with the support of CIDA, WaterCan hosted its inaugural “We Unite for Water: An African Speaking Tour”, which toured through Ottawa and Toronto March 16 to 27. WaterCan’s partner, Mr. Getu Hunde, General Manager of OSRA Ethiopia, was joined by Rhiannon Cobb (WaterCan’s Youth Ambassador) and David Celia (folk musician) for a tightly-packed schedule of presentations reaching over 2,000 people including university and school-aged students, businesses, policy-makers and congregations. Learn More


March 14 , 2011

Water for Life Concert Announced - Vancouver

The Water for Life benefit concert will be a celebration of water, rivers and the natural world while also focusing on the importance of water and the need to be good water stewards wherever we might live. A wonderful mix of inspirational stories, stunning images, film clips and music, the show features internationally renowned river conservationist, writer and speaker, Mark Angelo, who also chairs the Rivers Institute at BCIT.

Funds raised from this event will benefit WaterCan and the Nature Trust of BC. Join us on April 7 at the Michael J Fox theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit:


February 15, 2011

WaterCan Invited to Participate in 2011 Friends of Naturalizer Contest

After winning the October 2010 Friends of Naturalizer online voting contest with over 67,000 votes, WaterCan has been invited to "defend its title" in this April's Friends of Naturalizer Campaign. Voting will take place online from Thursday, April 7 - Sunday, April 10. Stay tuned for more details!


WaterCan is proud to have been selected as an official partner of the Ottawa (Mar. 20-21) and Calgary (Mar. 27-28) Go Green Expos, hosted by National Events Management.

A portion of the proceeds of both events will be donated to WaterCan in support of clean water projects.

Don't miss special presentations by Margaret Trudeau, Honorary President, and Gary Pluim, Executive Director of WaterCan. Learn More


January 30, 2010

Gifts of Water reaches fundraising goal

The generous and heartfelt response to WaterCan's inaugural Gifts of Water campaign this past Holiday Season was nothing short of overwhelming! Thanks to your support, we have now raised 100% of funds ($13,823) required for the Clean Water for Iraara Primary School Project. This project benefits 635 boys and girls in the rural Kyenjojo District of Uganda. Learn More

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