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MGM Resorts International & Cirque du Soleil in Las vegas join forces to support ONE DROP

March 15, 2012

MGM Resorts International and Cirque du Soleil®, two global organizations long renowned for inspiring and engaging entertainment, announced that they are joining forces in support of the mission of ONE DROP.

From March 20 to March 25, and in recognition of WORLD WATER DAY on March 22, MGM Resorts and Cirque du Soleil will donate the proceeds from ticket sales of performances of Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas shows to help further ONE DROP’s mission.

“At MGM Resorts, environmental sustainability is a key pillar of our vision for social responsibility,” said Jim Murren, the company’s Chairman & CEO. “We recognize that a comprehensive strategic approach to water stewardship is fundamental to the continuing survival of life on our planet. We also believe that access to safe water can serve as the lifeblood for social and economic development. We are honored to partner with Cirque du Soleil in support of ONE DROP in this vital area,” Murren said.

Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil and Chair of ONE DROP, said, “This incredible commitment from MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil’s business partner of nearly 20 years in Las Vegas, truly expresses one of the goals I had when I founded ONE DROP in 2007: creating a powerful ripple effect of solidarity made up of companies, individuals and people around the world. I am so grateful that MGM Resorts International will not only support in an important financial manner, but also shares our belief by raising awareness of this precious resource. This bring us one drop closer to realizing the dream of ensuring that safe water is accessible to all, today and tomorrow.”

The United Nations WORLD WATER DAY is observed on March 22 to spotlight the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

View the official Press Release.


ONE DROP and ePals join forces to give young people a voice

March 15, 2012

ONE DROP is joining forces with the ePals community—an online social network bringing together nearly 25 million teachers, parents and students from some 200 countries—and invites elementary and high school students to take part in artistic, educational and engaging activities on the theme of water.

The ePals international platform allows ONE DROP to provide children and teachers with free access to learning tools linked to water-related issues. On the ePals ONE DROP page, young people have access to educational activities with an environmental and social theme, and are called upon to take part in discussions on water-related issues. In addition, a series of educational activities has been developed for teachers, to help them lead discussions on these vital questions. All educational material is available in French, English and Spanish.

Water on our plates

March 15, 2012

From February 22 to March 25, ONE DROP invites you to discover that “There’s water on our plates.” This campaign, which will be run primarily online, aims to make people aware that water is in everything. Water is necessary to produce the food we eat. Of course, some foods are greedier than others. A lot of water is needed to produce them—water that could be used for other purposes, to satisfy other needs.

To “eat” less water, simply consume more meatless meals, for example. It takes between five and 20 times more water to produce 1 kg of meat than the same amount of cereal. Another excellent idea is to avoid wasting. How hungry are you? It is better to cook just what you need, as every food item thrown away means water is being wasted when it could have been used to satisfy other needs. On Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, François Martin, Director of food services at Cirque du Soleil, proposes a delicious, low-water recipe. Young people visiting the ONE DROP page on the ePals platform will be invited to create a balanced, low-water plate!

Water is needed to produce the food we eat. To reduce our impact, visit onedrop.org. Spread the word!

ONE DROP witnesses hope returning to Léogâne

February 6, 2012

Several thousands of Haitians can now enjoy a better quality of life thanks to Project Haiti, an initiative taken by ONE DROP and its partner OXFAM-Québec in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that shook the nation in January 2010. The goal: to improve access to and quality of water, as well as the volume of agricultural production, for 108,000 men, women and children living in and around Léôgane, the region most devastated by this terrible natural disaster.

ONE DROP and its local partners are raising the population’s awareness of water-related issues and using social arts to devise viable development solutions with citizens. More than 87,500 spectators have already been reached by the show “Haiti: Words of Rain and Rainbows”. Although the reconstruction work is far from being finished, it is encouraging to see that ONE DROP’s measures are bearing fruit.

In Haiti, ONE DROP is already seeing the positive impacts...

January 12, 2012

While Haiti continues its reconstruction efforts two years after a devastating earthquake, ONE DROP is delighted to see that its water-access and sanitation project in the Léogâne region is already contributing to improve the living conditions of the region’s communities. Several thousand people are now benefitting from the positive impacts of the Haiti Project, an initiative carried out in collaboration with OXFAM-Québec, in one of the zones most devastated by the January 2010 earthquake.

By the end of the project in October 2013, 108,000 men, women and children will see their living conditions improved. Concretely, 160 family wells and over 1,500 metres of field irrigation canals have been built and rehabilitated with the goal of improving the yield of the next agricultural campaigns. What is more, two of the six water community centres planned are being rehabilitated. 

In addition to its technical water-access and sanitation component, the Haiti project advances social art as an awareness and mobilization tool. Through the multidisciplinary show “Ayiti pawol Lapli ak Lakansyèl” (Haiti: Words of Rain and Rainbows), ONE DROP plans to reach over 87,500 spectators and raise the consciousness of the Port-au-Prince and Léogâne populations on water issues.

View the press release here.


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