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10352 -153   1 - Diana Hussein ($20,035.00)
  2 - Darlene Paguandas ($11,740.50)
  3 - Cindy Chang ($6,605.00)
  4 - Alfred Washburn ($3,899.76)
  5 - Jessica Bateman ($3,260.00)
  2 - Collega Education
I Walk For Water 2013

This reminded us of why we do what we do.

We may not always get to physically see the results, and what we try to capture in the photos and videos that we show are the emotions of those whose lives are changed by our actions:  happiness, relief, joy and smiles.

Thank you to all of the unsung heroes of Aveda Canada Earth Month!


Check out this week’s Earth Month Events!

We may have all completed our Walk for Water yesterday, but Earth Month is still in full swing!

We still have many great events that you and your friends can attend, all to benefit WaterCan.

If you are in the area, stop by and celebrate another great Earth Month.

Storm for Water – Saturday April 26th

hosted by Storm Hair Group, St. Catharines, ON

Check out their Facebook invite for more info :https://www.facebook.com/events/1487027158185513/

Water Party – Sunday April 27th

hosted by Civello Salon Spa, Toronto, ON

Catwalk for Water – Sunday April 27th

hosted by Aveda Salons, Regina, SK

More information at http://www.catwalkforwatersk.com

H2014Toronto – Saturday May 3rd

hosted by Darlene Paguandas & Toni Ronayne, Toronto, ON

For more info www.h20toronto.com

If you have an event, we would love to hear about it!  Email us at info@iwalkforwater.ca



Vancouver’s Earth Month Celebration for Water event!

Vancouver hosted  the 2nd celebration for Water fundraiser. The event was held at the beautiful Aveda Institute & Academy in the heart of historic Gastown, Vancouver. Festivities kicked off at 8:30pm with the cool DJ stylings of Zac Santiago, and a wine and beer tasting.

A big thank you to our sponsors from Haywire, Bartier Bros. and Bartier & Scholefield Wineries for their amazing selection of wine for the evening, which paired beautifully with the savory delights from Vancouver’s famous Vij’s restaurant. This year we had an amazing selection of silent auction items for guests to ‘donate to win’ raffle, and our live auction was a great hit.

The Montreal Getaway, the Okanagan Getaway and MRI were the hot tickets items for the night, seeing us raise just over $5000 for clean water programs with WaterCan! Our local celebrity hosts, Nisha and Sharad Khare did a phenomenal job helping us raise money and spirits as the evening progressed towards it grand finale, our fashion show! Models wore designs from Jacqueline Conoir and Kim Cathers (of Project Runway fame) that had been kindly donated for our cause. What a great night!


Why Water? Nuru’s Story


Village and District Name:

Kerssa, Kalu District

Quotes/ Testimonials:

Where do you currently fetch water from?

A local spring.

Have you or your family ever gotten sick because of the water?

Yes. In some cases especially during dry months the problem of water quality is worse than in the rainy season. All livestock and people use the same water source during dry season. Diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting are also common during this period.

How will access to clean drinking water help you?

We will have separate facilities for livestock and human beings. My greatest dream is access to clean water in my village and separate facilities for livestock watering and human consumption and sanitation facilities to my school.

Every woman in Africa should be a millionaire

We found this quote recently and think that it sums up the incredible amount of hard work that women specifically contribute on a daily basis to collect water for their families.


This daily walk for water is incredibly difficult and has the following effects on women:

  • Women can spend the better part of their day walking to/from a water source, collecting water that is not even safe for their families
  • Time spent collecting water takes away from time spent caring for families and children
  • Time spent collecting water takes away from time that could be spent earning money
  • Walking for water is dangerous.  Women are at risk of violence and attacks from people and wildlife (most walks for water are done at dusk or dawn)

Carrying these jerry cans for years puts women at risk of injury.  When women are no longer able to carry these 40 lb. containers, the duties may be passed on to a younger family member.  And the cycle continues.

Our Earth Month Champion, Darlene Paguandas, was recently in Kenya and attempted to carry a small amount of water a very short distance.





WHY WATER? – Amina’s story

Village and District Name: Kerssa, Kalu District

Quote/ Testimonial:

Where do you currently fetch water from?

I fetch water once a day from a spring and carry the 20 liter Jerry Can full of water back home. I travel at least 40 minutes one way. The water is muddy and contaminated and it is even more problematic during dry months.

Have you or your family ever gotten sick because of the water?

Yes, we have a problem with diseases such as diarrhea and vomiting in the family. It is probably because we are drinking unsafe water; it is dirty but we have no choice but to drink it, as that is the only water is available.

How will access to clean drinking water help you?

Access to clean water means that we will not be fetching water all the time and we will also go to school on time and have no stomach pain. The time we used to spend collecting water will be used to study and to do our homework; it will also help us to attend school rather wasting a lot of time for fetch water and it also ensures that we can learn about hygiene and water borne diseases.

My greatest dream is access to clean water in my village and drinking water and sanitation facilities to my school.

Earth Month Study Tour Update

Our Study Tour incentive winners from 2013 have just returned from 10 days with WaterCan touring Ethiopia and visiting AVEDA-sponsored sites.

Check out this link for photos and podcasts from Diana & Cindy!  Here you will find proof of the amazing work that your dollars can do, and hear about the incredible amount of work left to do.

Diana & Cindy raised over $9000 each last year to win the trip!  Who will be this year’s winner?





Fundraising Inspiration: The Climb for Life

Fundraising is hard.  Climbing mountains is hard.  Put them together, and what do you get?  Pure inspiration!

On March 10th, 2014 sixteen people successfully reached the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in support of WaterCan.

The group ranged from 21-61 years in age and came from Vancouver, Saskatchewan, Arizona, UK, Toronto and Ottawa to climb 19,341 feet above sea level to raise awareness to clean water rights.

The majority of the group had never heard of WaterCan, until they signed up for the climb, but there was a significant AVEDA connection on the Roof of Africa.

Top Left: Kanon,  Aveda Enthusiast, Ottawa (he brought Grooming Creme all the way to the top!) / Top Right:  Melissa, Aveda Concept Salon Stylist, Elite Salon, SK

Bottom Left: Darlene, Aveda Canada Events & Advanced Academy / Bottom Right: Kathie, Aveda Partner, Saskatchewan


This group of 16 climbers achieved amazing goals during the 7 day climb. They climbed through forest, alpine desert, moorland and rain forest.  They also climbed for 7 hours in the middle of the night to get to the top – and it wasn’t without struggle,  but together they supported each other and helped each other all the way to the summit!






But, the truly amazing thing about The Climb for Life is that 16 people came together to raise over $100,000 for WaterCan. And while many of the climbers were not WaterCan supporters prior to the climb, they are all passionate supporters now!

How can you challenge yourself this Earth Month?  What can you commit to doing to bring awareness to the water crisis?

If 16 people can change the lives of 4,000 people by working together, then the Aveda Canada network can absolutely reach our goal of $600,000 by working together, being bold and having fun!

Your Dollars at Work

This video was taken last month at Ogal Primary School in Kisumu, Kenya  by our event manager Darlene Paguandas. it shows us an example of how the live of kids can change when access to water is provided at school.

In 2013, WaterCan provided Ogal Primary school with private Latrines facilities for boys and girls including handicapped facilities, drinking and washing stations to provide the highest hygiene standard and knowledge education for the school and surrounding community.

This is a great example to show that not only clean water can change life, it is equally important to protect the clean water sources, by doing so you can change life too! By protecting water source through providing hygiene and sanitation facilities, the clean water source will ensure sustainability of the water in the long term.

The result of this project provided excellent attendance at school, improved health and living quality. Since women and girls are usually responsible for fetching water for the household, they are now able to attend all classes, and be comfortable at school. It is not just water we are providing, we are also opening the doors to more opportunities for these kids in the future.



Learn more at: http://www.watercan.com/howwework/index.htm


Meet Charlotte – Our youngest fundraiser


Everyone meet Charlotte Adams – our youngest Earth Month fundraiser, and a true water warrior! Charlotte is six years old, and this is not her first year participating in Earth Month. Last year, she raised $935 dollars, and this year she is working hard to raiser even more money!

Last month, we received a donation in the mail from Charlotte, a soccer ball and a handmade card from Charlotte. She touched all of our hearts with her simple and beautiful message. What can you do to help and raise awareness for Earth Month?


We presented her letter and present to the Kids in Kenya, here are their reactions, watch the video here: