Stranded on a desert island – on purpose

Huenu Solsona

Huenu Solsona

You could call it the real survivor without the glitz of Hollywood.

On 1 April 2010, nine people from all over the world and I, will be boarding a boat and heading to a deserted island in South East Asia.  There are no behind-the-scenes camera crews or the chance to win rewards or having to vote someone out.

What we are doing however, is trying to raise money for charity… I have personally chosen The Water Project, a charity that provides potable, drinking water to areas in Africa and other parts of the world where it is most needed. For years, this was my father’s job and I have seen what his work has done to help thousands of people who previously died from water born diseases or had to travel many kilometers every day just to get enough water to live. Still today, more than half the world’s population fetches their water – all you and I do is turn on the tap.

For our 30 day adventure, we will each have a 5 litre bag with essential tools such as knives, lighters and torches, but not much can fit in these bags and we will have no external help whatsoever. With these contents and whatever we can find on the island, we will have to survive for a full month in complete isolation in what will undoubtedly be the endurance test of a lifetime.

We will have to feed off the land and the sea and learn to live with nothing more than nature has provided, away from society and the comforts we are used to. We will experience starvation, sleep deprivation, extreme heat and humidity, wild animals and insects and above all, we’ll have to interact and survive with nine strangers, all with our own opinions and habits.


Canmore Collegiate helps build a well

Thanks to the students of Canmore Collegiate!  We received this note just a few days ago.  Club Green will be following the progress of their project right here >>.

Here’s what they had to say about helping out!

Canmore Collegiate High School, nestled in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Alberta is home to a group of dedicated students under the name of Club Green. Our main project last year, April 2009, was called Camp Out for a Cause. We raised money for The Water Project to build a fresh water well in an African community. We put out coin collection jars around town, received pledges from friends and family and to raise the most money we camped in an outdoor sanctuary in our school for 24 hours. It was late in April when we did this so weather was not ideal…exactly what we wanted to raise money!! While we were in the middle of the circle (what we call it at our school) we picked up trash, dead growth and did some landscaping to help improve the vitality of it for the coming spring. It was a success! Our goal was $3000 to build a whole well, in the end we only made $1800 which was a lot short of our goal but we were very happy with the outcome. The money will go to help provide fresh water in an African community through a well being built.

Thank you for everything you do, it’s an extremely important cause.

From left – Brent Bittner, Emilie Gibeau, Michelle Chevalier, Haley Campbell, Morgan Schultz and Chloe Leblanc

Sanitation training at Nabongo

Our team in Kakamega was out recently with the students at the Nabongo Primary School preparing them for their upcoming well project.

Before a well is constructed, our partners spend time training the community or school in proper sanitation and hygiene.

Teaching why dirty water makes one sick is an important part of the process.

Thanks Datum! We love the furniture.

We want to send out a very special word of thanks to Datum for their very generous donation of new office furniture.

The desks and chairs have made such a difference.  We’ve happily said goodbye to our old sagging folding tables and broken chairs.  And our new filing system (lots more drawers!) makes things so much more efficient around here.

We couldn’t be happier or more comfortable.  Thanks!!!

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