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The BIG ONE for ONE DROP honored!

January 16, 2013

The BIG ONE for ONE DROP recently won BLUFF Reader's Choice Award  for “Best Final Table of 2012”. The One Drop final table included Antonio Esfandiari, Sam Trickett, Guy Laliberté, Brian Rast, Phil Hellmuth, David Einhorn, Richard Yong and Bobby Baldwin. The BIG ONE for ONE DROP also won 4th place in the Top 10 Stories of 2012 according to Poker News.

The first edition of the tournament, with a $1,000,000 entry fee, gathered 48 players which took place on July 2012 raised $5.3 million in support of ONE DROP. After a successful sold-out debut, WSOP (World Series of Poker) plan to hold the very first “The Little One for ONE DROP” with an entry fee of $ 1,111 in support of ONE DROP. The following year, the WSOP will host the 2nd edition of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP.


Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, ONE DROP has seen a positive impact from its project in Léogâne

January 11, 2013

Three years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, ONE DROP is pleased to announce the positive impact of its water access and sanitation project in the Léogâne region, the earthquake's epicentre. In collaboration with OXFAM-Québec and thanks to funding from the Royal Bank of Canada, the ONE DROP Project will positively impact 108,000 men, women and children by October 2013.

Despite Hurricane Sandy passing through the Caribbean recently, efforts in the field continue to significantly improve living conditions for the people of Léogâne thanks to a promising and sustainable approach.

"The Léogâne community and all the Haitian people continue to inspire us with their courage and their resilience. We are proud to be able to contribute to the efforts of the Haitian people in rebuilding their country and improving their living conditions. For three years now, we have watched our actions make a real difference," declared Catherine B. Bachand, Executive Director of ONE DROP.

An in-depth approach to rebuilding

Since 2010, rehabilitation of 1,500 metres of irrigation canals and mass distribution of seeds have allowed for cultivation of about 4,000 hectares of land. Although these reconstruction efforts were hard hit by Sandy passing through, the irrigation systems have nevertheless made it possible to quickly resume agricultural and livestock activities and food production.

The 221 rehabilitated wells and structures built as part of the project weathered the storm. Indeed, since it opened in March 2012, the Bolloc Water Community Centre (WCC) in Léogâne has provided continuous access to 7,500 litres of potable water each day, for showers and wash houses. 2,000 people a month visit the centre which is powered by a solar energy system. Two new centres will open soon and three others will be built in 2013.

And that is not all. There is still a lot to do and the ONE DROP project plans to eventually improve the lives of 21,650 families. "I don't need to walk down to the river any more. I can wash my kids with clean water close to home. The well keeps us all healthy and safe," explains Marie Fenelon Oriental, a project participant. Thousands of jobs will have been created in the region. The project will not only facilitate access to clean water for thousands of people, but it will also build capacity among the population.

In addition to its technical aspect, Project Haiti emphasizes social art as a tool for promoting awareness and mobilization. Through the multidisciplinary show "Ayiti Pawol Lapli ak Lakansyèl" (Haiti, Words of Rain and Rainbow), created in 2010 by the Atelier TOTO B in collaboration with Le Théâtre des petites lanternes in Sherbrooke, ONE DROP has already raised the awareness of 63,000 spectators from Port-au-Prince and Léogâne about local water issues. The rallying of communities around this type of social art is a significant asset in promoting sustainable changes in behaviour and consequently water conservation.

"The complementary aspects of our intervention have undoubtedly contributed to a positive, enduring impact on the targeted communities in Haiti. Until the project ends in October 2013, we will continue to emphasize our multifaceted approach to facilitate water access in the Léogâne region," explains Danielle Valiquette, Director of International Water Access and Management Programs.

Sad anniversary

ONE DROP will mark this sad anniversary with a public reading of the show Ayiti Pawol Lapli ak Lankansyel (Haiti, Words of Rain and Rainbow) at 5:00 pm on Saturday January 12, 2013 at the Maison d'Haïti, in Montreal, Canada, jointly with its social art partner Le Théâtre des Petites lanternes.

ONE DROP in Haiti

ONE DROP's Project Haiti, realized in collaboration with Oxfam-Québec, was implemented to support reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in the Léogâne community, one of the areas most devastated by the earthquake in January 2010. About 180,000 people live in the intervention areas targeted by the initiative. Through Project Haiti, ONE DROP and Oxfam-Québec are trying to promote community involvement in rebuilding the country, create awareness of water, hygiene and sanitation issues, facilitate access to clean water in sufficient quantities and increase agricultural activity to ensure community survival and generate income.

Cirque du Soleil shares its magic for ONE DROP’s Project India

January 9, 2013

ONE DROP received this week costumes, fabric & accessories from the employee based group Artisans du Monde at Cirque du Soleil’s costume department. These will be sent to our Project India’s partner Gram Vikas’ schools. Students will use these in a nine day workshop to develop theatre shows on water & sanitation which will be presented throughout the district of Ganjam, Orissa.

For ONE DROP’s project in India we are collaborating with Gram Vikas, a local Indian technical partner to ensure access to safe water in 100 villages in the district of Ganjam. Complementing the installation of appropriate technologies, ONE DROP is partnering with both local and Canadian based organizations to implement social arts based activities that aims to sensitize and mobilize the local population towards better practices of water and sanitation management. Notably, ONE DROP and its local Canadian partners Maureen Martineau & Yvan Côté have designed a nine day Children’s Theater Workshop for school children of four Gram Vikas schools, which will show students to develop and deliver short theater shows on water and particularly sanitation. The students will then tour surrounding villages in the district of Ganjam, Odisha to perform the plays, throughout the year of 2013. ONE DROP wants to thank Artisans du Monde and wish all participants and facilitators of the upcoming Children’s Theater Workshop all the best!

PROJECT HAITI AFFECTED BY SANDY

November 23, 2012

On October 30, Hurricane Sandy hit the des Palmes region, home to Léogâne—the site of ONE DROP’s Project Haiti. The conditions on the ground have made taking stock of the damage a difficult task.

Thankfully, the structures built by ONE DROP and its partners, such as the communal water centre, did withstand the storm. Part of the population of the affected area therefore still has access to safe drinking water.

However, agriculture has been hit hard. Approximately 85% of family crops have been lost, along with 60% of units for raising laying hens and 20% of goats. Significant amounts of arable soil required to grow crops have also disappeared and irrigation systems have been damaged. The damage caused by the storm, combined with the scarcity and high price of seeds, mean the coming spring’s agricultural production may be in jeopardy and a food crisis could be looming.

Oxfam-Québec, our main partner in the field, has already asked CIDA for the quick delivery of hygiene kits to reduce the risk of water-borne diseases such as cholera and to restore damaged plantations in order to prevent this potential food crisis from occurring.

LA SOIRÉE ONE DROP in Vancouver, an innovative benefit event, that brings together people who care and take action!

November 19, 2012

Vancouver will host the 21st LA SOIRÉE ONE DROP, the grand finale of this year’s endeavour, this Friday November 23rd. LA SOIRÉE ONE DROP will be one of the most important charity events, in support of water for all, in Vancouver’s history. Guests will attend the Premiere of Cirque du Soleil™’s Amaluna under the Big Top at the Concord Pacific Place. Funds raised will enable ONE DROP to finance a range of projects improving access to water and promoting responsible water management in developing countries.


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