Water is the basic necessity for living but unfortunately, not everyone has the privilege to ready access of clean water. Accessibility to clean water source is challenging in some developing nations, women and children have to walk an average of 3km everyday in rural cities to collect water for their own consumption.
On it’s third year partnership, AVEDA Malaysia will be working together with EcoKnights to educate and empower the general public on issues related to water accessibility, pollution and water availability through Project H2O. Join us in spreading awareness towards taking environmental responsibility to treasure water.
This year, we aim to raise a total fund of RM15,000 to build water systems that will provide a reliable source of water to the Temuan Orang Asal community.
This year’s campaign will focus on raising funds through various activities in the period of the 16th to 22nd April 2018. Amongst the activities that the public can join to support this cause are the Charity Cut-A-Thon and the Charity Yoga4Water session.
The details for the Charity Cut-A-Thon are as follows:-
|Date:||20th April 2018 (Friday)|
|Time:||First slot – 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. |
Second slot – 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Third slot – 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
|Venue:||Aveda Store, Level 4, Pavilion Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur|
|Ticket:||RM40 per pax|
This event also aims to be an educational and engaging platform to alert Malaysians on the local and global water crisis that are affecting populations especially in rural and less developed areas. Children and family of all ages are encouraged to participate.
Many marginalised communities around Malaysia are not as privileged as urbanites and many of them don’t have access to clean drinking water. In addition, such marginalised communities (especially the women) are also in need of water education to help their families to understand the need to ensure that their families are consuming safe drinking water.
Project H2O aims to provide education on water safety and address health issues related to water. In addition, Project H2O strives to provide water accessibility to various communities, with its aims to provide:
- Either rainwater harvesting system, water pump system or water filtration system which will provide accessibilities to the beneficiaries for their personal consumption;
- Provide informal and systematic education on safe drinking water for the beneficiaries; and
- Water-related education and activities as an alternative source of water for daily use (except for consumption)
PROGRESS SO FAR
Phase 1 of Project H2O Air Kuning was a success
The first phase of Project H2O Air Kuning was a success; a project collaborated between EcoKnights, Aveda and Build for Tomorrow on 24th February 2018. Phase One of the project has been completed by supplying the Temuan community of Kampung Orang Asal Air Kuning a source of water for the time being. The implementation of a filtration system will take place during Phase Two of the project, which will be held after the Earth Month campaign.
Despite being so close to modern civilisation, the community lacked resilient housing, a reliable source of water, electricity and sanitation; all the elements which are arguably a basic human right.
The first phase of this project was the installation of a piping system and tanks throughout the village grounds. This new piping system will provide a reliable source of water for drinking purposes and general domestic use for 86 people; the population of the Temuan community. On the other hand, the community would not have to pay any utility bills. Furthermore, Build for Tomorrow also installed solar powered lights along the village pathways to further secure the community of their basic necessity; lights. However, a full day of hard labour work would not have been completed without the help of 24 committed volunteers.
The system installed was an ‘Off the grid water supply system’ as displayed below.
All parties involved carried out various tasks on the day, each based on their own physical and mental capabilities such as setting up water distribution pipes, which also required clearing paths through the jungle and digging trenches beforehand. On the other hand, they also had to level the ground and set up stones.
For those kind souls who missed out on Phase One, do join EcoKnights, Aveda and Build for Tomorrow for Phase Two in April 2018. Otherwise, one can also help donate for the project by joining in during Aveda’s Earth Month 2018 campaign set from the 16th to 22nd April 2018.
Phase One from the Eyes of a Volunteer
One of the volunteer’s from Phase One, Farahis Nur Azreen documented the unfolding of events on 24th February 2018.
DONATE & SUPPORT
Support Aveda’s Earth Month campaign and contribute to Project H2O by purchasing a ‘Light the Way’ candle at any AVEDA outlet.
LIGHT THE WAY™ EARTH MONTH CANDLE
What It Is
Aveda donates 100% of the purchase price of the limited-edition Light the Way Candle to Global Greengrants Fund during its Earth Month campaign. Global Greengrants Fund is a non-profit organisation that channels high-impact grants to grassroots groups working to solve environmental problems all around the world. Since 2007, Aveda has raised more than USD$14 million through Light The Way Candle sales, for clean water impacting more than 1 million people across 88 countries. Truly lighting the way to make a difference, each purchase of the limited-edition candle supports a year of clean water for a person living in Madagascar.
The 2018 Light The Way Candle is made from 100% naturally-derived soy and plant waxes that infuse the air with its pure flower and plant aroma made with 100% certified organic vetiver from Haiti.
Lending A Hand In Haiti Relief
On October 4, 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated the island of Haiti, killing over 1,000 people. The Vetiver farmers lost a majority of vegetation, along with their animals and homes. Aveda immediately directed USD$10,000 of Light the Way candle proceeds to Heifer International to help fund a generator for one of the large water bottling plants in the affected area. USD$5,000 was also provided to the Lambi Fund to assist with immediate water relief throughout the impacted region. Since 2016, Aveda has directed an additional USD$65,000 of Light the Way candle proceeds to support multiple non-profit partners working on the following long-term hurricane recovery projects.
Light the Way candles are housed in 100% reclaimed glass beverage bottles and the outer cartons are made from 90% post-consumer recycled (PCR) paperboard.
When It’s Available
March 29, 2018
Where To Find It
Aveda Light the Way candles can be found in all Aveda Experience Centres and selected salons.
About Global Greengrants
Global Greengrants envisions a world in which all people live with dignity and in harmony with the environment. Every day, the organisation creates opportunities to invest in communities around the globe to protect our planet, restore places and ways of life that have been harmed, and transform ways of thinking for a sustainable future.
Retail price RM60 and above for each candle – while supplies last.
For more information about Project H2O, please contact us at +603 7731 8361 (Weekdays only, from 10am – 6pm)