Inspired by the impact Fill it Forward™ can have on the environment and those in need, staff at the Orangeville Campus created a committee to introduce the initiative to colleagues and students. The committee partnered with the Centre for Changemaking and Social Innovation to launch it at Orientation.
On Sept. 3, everyone at the campus received a water bottle with a unique Georgian tag located on the cap of the bottle. Each time people refill the bottle and scan the tag through the Fill it Forward™ app, a cup of water is donated by WaterAid to a charity water project on their behalf.
“It’s wonderful staff at the Orangeville Campus identified this initiative and are enthusiastically taking it on,” says Brenda Burman, Campus Manager. “This is a perfect example of how changemaking can be adapted uniquely by each campus and it’s aligned to some of the work the college has begun on examining the connection between social well-being and environmental well-being.”
Access to clean water is a daily challenge for families globally. According to Cupanion, one of the sponsors of the water projects, every day women and girls spend 200 million hours collecting water. Other harrowing statistics include:
- Water and sanitation-related diseases kill nearly 1 million people annually
- 844 million people, or 1 in 9, lack access to safe water
WaterAid’s goal is to reach 59,960 people with better access to clean water and sanitation and another 72,500 people with hygiene education by 2020.
Georgian’s participation in the initiative will be acknowledged within the app.
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